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Bring the wonder of nature into your home

Being outdoors in nature rejuvenates your senses and offers an infinite feeling of calm and serenity. It would be great therefore to replicate that same feeling in your own home to create a haven, which would capture that sense of whimsy and wonder.

There are several ways in which you can recreate the magic of nature, by selecting elements that mimic textures or surfaces found in nature, images that capture the beauty of nature, and natural materials that are derived from nature in eco-friendly ways.

Wallpapers in colours, textures and patterns which remind you of nature are a great way to decorate your home and bring in the beauty and wonder of nature. Wallpapers and murals on entire walls with pictures of rainforests, lakes and oceans, mountains, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls and other images from nature look stunning due to their sheer size and grandeur. Similarly, large photographs and paintings which capture snapshots from nature add magnificence and a sense of joy in your environment. Simply looking at such images leaves you feeling awed and brings you closer to nature.

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Indoor plants, of course, are an obvious way to introduce nature in your midst. When it comes to foliage and shrubs for indoors, look for low maintenance plants which require less sunlight, and will grow to a size which you can accommodate easily. Place them around your home in abundance, on the floor and on tables so that they are always in view.

Extended living rooms which include balconies laid with soil on the floor and covered with a glass ceiling are growing in popularity. These are landscaped as well with small water bodies to creating a garden which is right inside your living area.

Then again, the flooring and the wall can be selected to simulate textures from nature such as stones, rocks, tree bark, leaves, sand and other elements, not only creating an environment friendly appearance but also adding interesting design elements in your décor. Flooring in the form of wood laminates is a great option that comes in a variety of surfaces and textures which replicate the exquisiteness of nature. Similarly, wallpapers are available which have similar patterns and look amazing on the wall.

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Another way to recreate elements from nature is through textiles and fabrics which you can use in your furnishings, such as upholstery, drapes and accessories. In addition, exquisitely embroidered or woven floral motifs add a touch of class and a delicate beauty to your surroundings.

Many people also like to bring in actual physical components from nature such as roots from trees, and parts of tree trunks and logs, and integrate them into their furniture or display them as accessories, so that can also work for you.

Similarly, dried foliage and flowers painted in various colours are also a reminder of nature, and are quite popular. Although, it must be said that it is more common to keep the theme green and environment friendly.

So, go ahead and explore various thematic concepts and design your very own personal natural haven right inside your home.

About Nalini Malaviya

Nalini Malaviya is a Bangalore based art consultant, writer and blogger. She has been writing for the media since 2003, and has been an art columnist for Financial Times (Delhi and Bangalore) and Bangalore Mirror. Nalini writes primarily on art (visual arts, performance, photography, etc) and also on health and lifestyle. She contributes to Times of India, Deccan Herald and several other publications including art magazines and catalogs. An occasional fiction writer, Nalini has published short stories as part of various anthologies, such as, The Shrinking Woman, The Curse of the Bird and Bhelpuri. She publishes www.artsceneindia.com, a popular blog cum Ezine featuring art news, guides, and articles on buying and collecting art and on displaying art in interiors. The website functions as an artist resource and also promotes artists. Nalini curates art exhibitions and conducts classes on art appreciation and writing. She also teaches arts management and marketing for artists through workshops. Currently, she contributes to the experts section on corporate blogs on interiors and lifestyle.

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