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After spending a lot of time indoors, the call of the wild can seem especially strong right now. And there are plenty of ways to answer it without committing to, say, a weekend camping trip if that’s not your type of thing. With a few easy adjustments, you can experience the great outdoors from the comfort of your own home, even if you don’t have a lot of backyard or even a single blade of grass to speak of.
From creative ways to show your green thumb to flower madness, here are some quirky ways to bring the outdoors in.
1. Let your garden grow.
You don’t need a dedicated outdoor space to put down roots. An indoor herb garden, filled with basil, parsley, thyme, chives, and other basic ingredients, only needs about six hours of sunlight a day. And with a bunch of easy to follow kits in the market, even beginners can turn a new leaf with little effort.
2. Stimulate your senses.
Okay, you might not be able to satisfy your travel urge as much these days with a trip to the ocean, the tropics of South America, or the aromatic lavender fields of southern France. But you can bring these nature-inspired scents into your home with Air Wick Essential Oil Infused Plugins. Just close your eyes, take a deep breath, and to feel as if you were on vacation.
3. Get the picture.
Even though you may not be able to get outside much during the work day, you can still enjoy the benefits of nature. Arrange your workspace with a view of the outdoor greenery, or if that’s not possible, keep a few framed nature photos close at hand. Studies show it’s just looking at at nature can help your brain function better and reduce stress levels. So make the most of the 782 shots you took on your last trip to the beach or a national park by creating a gallery wall of your finest artwork.
4. Go wild for the flowers.
Let your love of flora materialize by planting wildflowers in your garden or in pots on a patio or balcony. (To verify this guide to see what is native to your area.) Just a square foot of flowers can give back to nature, providing species like bumblebees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Companies like Air Wick are also planting wildflowers, on a larger scale: they have in partnership with The World Wide Fund for Nature is reseeding a billion square feet of wildflower and grassland habitat in the Great Plains region of the northern United States over the next three years. They’ll even send you free seeds to plant tailored to your address.
And once your flowers have bloomed, you can use them to spruce up your space: display an oversized bouquet on your counter, group varieties of similar hues in button vases for an eye-catching centerpiece, or string a garland over your mantle.
5. Find the light.
Even without a ton of windows, you can simulate a light and airy space. Use strategically placed mirrors, whether it’s a full-length mirror leaning against the wall or a few hanging options, to help bounce light around your home. Painting your walls crisp white or pale gray will also brighten up your space, not to mention make it appear larger.
6. Create a feature wall.
Turn your home into a plant lover’s paradise. Line your windowsill with succulents, build a living wall, fill that dark empty corner with houseplants that don’t need a ton of light, or hang a few tropical varieties in the bathroom to create a spa-like sanctuary.
7. Bring natural textures.
Go natural with your home design choices. This can mean adding a wood-framed mirror to your entryway and seagrass baskets to store blankets in your living room or bedroom. Or sit in a rattan hanging chair. The perfect addition to a reading nook, it is sure to transport you straight to your own oasis in the jungle.
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