Naturally inspired homes: how nature can help you create a soothing and efficient space

Naturally inspired homes: how nature can help you create a soothing and efficient space

The concept of “design inspired by nature” has become a popular trend recently and it’s easy to understand why. According to the principle Biomimicry, nature has already found sustainable solutions to our design problems and can teach us how to create better living environments. Here are just four examples of how looking to nature can help you create a more soothing and efficient space.

Naturally inspired homes: how nature can help you create a soothing and efficient space

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1. Let the natural light in

Plants have already proved that sunlight is an excellent source for gathering energy, so why don’t we take more advantage of natural light? If you already have south-facing windows, open the shades and let the natural light fill your space. Otherwise, you might also consider installing skylights. You’ll be surprised at how this simple change will make you feel more energetic and happy during the day.

Naturally inspired homes: how nature can help you create a soothing and efficient space

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2. Use recycled materials

As humans, we create a lot of waste from manufactured items. Nature, on the other hand, uses materials wisely and we could benefit from following its lead. Furnish your home with recycled pieces like light fixtures or tables. They’re just as stylish and you can feel better about reducing your impact on the environment.

Naturally inspired homes: how nature can help you create a soothing and efficient space

3. Find new uses for old products

The cycle of life shown in nature can teach us a thing or two about repurposing items. You might not be able to use that old piece of luggage anymore when traveling, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use the suitcase to meet a need somewhere else. Repurposing household items is a great way to reduce waste and give your space a unique look.

Naturally inspired homes: how nature can help you create a soothing and efficient space

4. Bring natural products into your home

Are there times when you step outdoors and just feel instantly better? Nature tends to have that effect on people, so why not bring a bit of the outdoors inside to create a more soothing space? Naturally inspired furniture like jute rugs are becoming more and more popular, making it easy for you to create an organic space that boosts your mood.

When you’re stuck on a home decorating problem, look to nature for inspiration. Nature can help you create a space that makes you happy and is better for the environment.

By Wendy Weinert

DIY projects: 3 creative uses for old household items

DIY projects: 4 creative uses for old household items

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When household items get old or are no longer needed, we have the habit of just throwing them out. But what if you could turn that old product into something better? Repurposing household items is a great way to save money and give your home some character. Get inspired with these four creative uses for old household items and let your crafty side take over!

DIY projects: 4 creative uses for old household items

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1. Turn a light bulb into a candle

Even a burned-out bulb can still be used as a light source. Simply upcycle the old bulb and make it into a unique-looking candle! All you have to do is fill the bulb with lamp oil, use hemp string as the wicker and glue a washer to the bottom to make the light bulb stand up straight.

DIY projects: 4 creative uses for old household items

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2. Hang up a small step ladder as a display shelf

Ladders can be used for more than just reaching that hard-to-reach shelf. If you have an old wooden ladder that you aren’t sure what to do with anymore, hang it on the wall and use the ladder to display decorative items like pictures. Depending on the style of your home, you can choose to paint the ladder or not.

DIY projects: 4 creative uses for old household items

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3. Create a medicine cabinet out of old luggage

Feeling really creative? Then make your own medicine cabinet out of old luggage. A vintage luggage medicine cabinet will give your bathroom space a unique look that will intrigue guests. All you have to do is add the mirror of your choice, insert a shelf, if necessary, and hang the suitcase above the sink.

Ready to get crafty? Start putting your old household items to better use with these easy-to-do projects.

By Wendy Weinert