One of the principals of feng shui is incorporating nature into the home to infuse the space with the energy and life of the outdoor world. Experts advise that the easiest way to do this is with live plants that will grow and thrive in the space, adding their own natural energy to it. If you’re a beginner at plant parenting, an easy-to-handle plant like a pothos or a sansiveria can thrive under minimal care while still providing all the benefits of plant life in your home.
But bringing nature indoors doesn’t mean you have to be an expert gardener. Even if you don’t feel confident with live plants, you can still brighten your home with elements from the natural world. Embracing nature as you build your spaces can be just as powerful, reminding us of our first home. Keeping natural elements inside can help keep us mindful of the lessons of metamorphosis and peace that the Earth teaches us every day.
Here are a few ways to keep nature and plants at the front of your mind even if you’re not a green-thumbed natural.
Pressed and Dried Bouquets
If you’re trying to decorate with plants and flowers, you have another option aside from “real” or “fake.” Pressed, dried and otherwise preserved plants and flowers can provide all the vivaciousness of live plants without ever wilting or dying.
A dried bouquet can be a beautiful addition to a space, adding color and life as a more permanent version of a conventional bouquet. If you’re looking for something different, stems of cotton, reeds, and other tall grass plumes can fill a vase and call back to the natural world without needing to be watered or tended.
Keeping tall, dried plumes in a vase can add life to a room and make it feel more interesting; they can bring new texture to a space, creating a natural feel wherever they’re placed. Cotton is another plant that can add a new feeling to a room and the puffy white clusters can be especially striking in rooms that already have color or are darker.
We’ve been pressing flowers for generations, stemming all the way back to Victorian England and Ancient Egypt. Pressing flowers is a great way to keep the beauty of flowers and retain their vibrance without having to watch them wither and fade. A pressed flower can be a gorgeous decoration and a lovely memento. Try picking a flower the next time you’re taking a walk with a loved one and press it for later. Framing a pressed flower means you’ll always have a piece of that experience you shared with someone you care about.
Sometimes, recreating nature indoors can mean getting more abstract— you can summon the energy and beauty of plants in your choices of furniture and other home accessories. Try to embrace the colors and patterns you love most when decorating your home; with a little imagination, your choices could recreate the feeling of a lively solarium or a peaceful forest clearing. Incorporating lots of refreshing greens or the vibrant colors of your favorite blooms can help you feel more at home in a “garden” of your own making.
Charming, thoughtful little touches can help recreate the coloring and livelinesss of the plant world while lending some personality— and even some convenience— as well.
Using nature as your guiding inspiration can even help you work practical devices into your surroundings without having them stick out. For instance, a humidifier shaped like a cute little cactus will brighten up your desk and create the effect of a friendly houseplant while remaining super practical.
If you’re tired of the look of typical diffusers, a floral-inspired diffuser will add a more natural feel to your room. It can create a lovely centerpiece while also bringing in your favorite scents from nature, whether it’s a rose picked fresh from a garden or a forest after a cleansing rain.
Whether you need an extra source of lighting or just like the look, greenery string lights have recently become trendy for good reason. Getting a string of vine lights can add a gorgeous glow to any room and create the effect of living inside a greenhouse.
It’s not hard to see why the beauty of nature would inspire so much art devoted to it. Large tapestries and prints can whisk you away to a faraway jungle, peaceful forest or immaculate garden. Oversized art can be especially powerful for providing the look of fresh, healthy green growth, helping nature to stay with you even when you’re inside.
If you love the look of potted plants but can’t commit to a watering schedule to save your life, investing in a little sculpture of a plant or succulent will fill your house with art and nature’s influence at the same time!
There are so many ways to incorporate nature and greenery into your decor, even if you’re not ready to commit to live houseplants. So many products have been influenced by the beauty found outdoors and they can help to create all the calm and fresh energy we glean from nature. If your space has felt stagnant or disjointed, consider taking a lesson from feng shui and invite in a fresh breath of life from the natural world.