Room with stone tile and plants in Orange County NY

In a region filled with an abundance of natural beauty, more Orange County homeowners are looking for ways to bring nature into their homes. Whether you are looking to remodel your home or update its look, incorporating nature into your design can help make your home more welcoming and have positive benefits for your health. Today, our experts at Floor Coverings International Orange County NY discuss 5 ways to help bring the great outdoors indoors.

Let the Light In

One of the quickest ways to make your home feel more natural is by letting in natural light. Even on a cloudy day natural light can open up a space in a way that indoor lighting simply can’t. Swapping out your dark, heavy curtains for less bulky fabrics will make a room feel larger and brighter, while maintaining the sense of privacy curtains provide.

Use Indoor Plants

Adding plants to your home is a great way to bring nature indoors, and comes with several added benefits. Studies have shown that indoor plants can help improve your health by lowering stress levels and increasing air quality. For rooms with a lot of bright light, consider adding potted cacti or succulents to your windowsill.  If natural light is lacking, plants such as peace lilies and pothos thrive in low-light settings.

Incorporate Artwork

If you don’t have the space for plants, no problem! Utilize your wall space and hang nature-inspired pieces of art, such as botanical drawings, paintings of landscapes, or even plant pressings. In a room lacking large windows, hang brightly colored paintings or mirrors to help make the space feel brighter.  

Update Your Decor

Let your creativity shine through by updating your home decor. Add intrigue to neutral furniture by adding blankets or throw pillows with floral prints. Throw in an area rug made from jute or seagrass for added contrast and texture. Don’t be afraid to go literal by incorporating elements of nature into your decor such as rocks and branches.

Use Natural Materials for Your Floors

When it comes to flooring, manufacturers are responding to the increasing demand for natural materials, giving you endless design options for your next home flooring project. Solid hardwoods instantly evoke the great outdoors, and are suitable for most spaces. For areas where hardwoods are off limits, consider using natural stone tile such as slate, travertine, or granite. If more expensive natural materials are out of your price range, consider using luxury vinyl tile or plank, which is made to closely imitate the look of natural wood and stone.  

At Floor Coverings International Orange County NY, our experts are dedicated to helping you find the right flooring options for your needs. Call us today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation and we’ll bring our sample gallery to you, making the decision process easy and stress-free!

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