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5 Inspirational Ways to bring Nature Right into your Abode

Imagine coming home to a private green oasis, away from the hustle and bustle of the city where you can relax, free your spirit and refresh your tired soul. In fact, studies have shown that spending time with nature can ease high blood pressure, alleviate anxiety and enhance overall mental well being. Hence, bringing nature right into our homes allows us to reap the amazing health benefits of mother nature!

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Bringing nature into our homes is more an art than science. However, to achieve this, you do not have to replicate the newly revamped Shangri-La Singapore’s nature-inspired oasis look. To help you, here are 5 inspirational ways to bring the outdoors right into your abode!

1. Inject Nature with Flowers and Succulents

The easiest ways to invite nature to your living room and even the bathroom is to include potted plants in your renovation design. If you are looking for less hassle and effort in up-keeping the plants, the Low maintenance plants such as succulents and cactus are going huge right now and almost fail-proof for first timers.

Do you know?
Exposure to plants actually Boosts Immunity this is because phytoncides, the airborne chemicals that plants emit to protect themselves from rotting and from insects, also seem to benefit humans. Plants can function as natural air filters too.

For the Traditionalists
Heartleaf philodendron is suitable for low light environment as it is super tolerant of dark interiors. Host Heartleaf philodendron in hanging baskets or let it climb freely up a small trellis or totem. Read here for more indoor plants for low light.

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For the Adventurous and the D.I.Y enthusiasts 
You can make your very own beautiful Terrariums with these step by step guides.

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Tips:
Incorporate the potted greens in your renovation design schemes. Instead of the traditional plant pots, get the renovation professionals to work with pieces of driftwood or even large seashells to host these plants in the various areas of your home.

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2. Go Grand with Natural Materials

Natural materials such as wood, granite, stones are great material choices when you are looking at incorporating organic components into your renovation design. The grains of the raw wool and imperfections of the granite and stone will add depth and pleasant surprises to the whimsical beauty of nature.

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3. Go Bright and Sunny

Sunlight is one of the priorities that good renovation professionals place great emphasis on; they make sure that the rooms get plenty of natural streaming sunlight and when some rooms are lacking in natural sunlight, mirrors are strategically placed to bounce light around. Lighter paint colours are proposed to accentuate the sunlight. This because having a bright and airy room instantly makes the place looks bigger and more cheerful too!

Do you know?
Sunlight is beneficial since it helps in the creation of vitamin D which prevents osteoporosis and cancer. In addition, light deprivation can actually lead to depression!

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4. Incorporate a Living Green Wall

Living green walls have actually been around since the 1930’s and these beautiful walls of greenery are no longer confined to an office or hotel; they have made their way into our homes! Living green walls are commonly known as vertical gardens, or eco-walls and are great space saving solutions. They also create a unique design statement while delivering many great health benefits.

Do you know?

Vertical gardens reduce noise pollution because they can block high frequency sounds.

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5. Incorporate nature inspired elements in the home furnishing!

Last but not least, here are my picks from Taobao to add the finishing touches to your nature themed home!

These gorgeous cushion covers are really Instagram worthy.

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Add a splash of greenery to the floor or the wall with these plant themed carpets!

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How about this tropical inspired dinnerwareImage from world.taobao

Go matchy with these nature themed table runners too!

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