Did you know that there are materials that you can use in your home to improve your mental health and well-being? Believe it or not, adding natural materials like bamboo, stone, and wood to your decor can help promote a sense of serenity and bliss. In this blogpost, we'll explore the benefits of using natural materials in your home and share some tips on how to get started.
So why exactly do natural materials have such a positive effect on our mental health? For starters, natural materials remind us of nature. And there's something about being surrounded by the natural world that just naturally provides a sense of calm and peace. Even the use of neutral colours can bring about positive effects. The business of everyday life can really clog your mental headspace, nature can act as a reset button to bring us back to a more intentional pace and focus on what really matters.
Additionally, the use of natural materials can help to improve feng shui in your home. If you're not familiar with feng shui, it's a Chinese philosophy that focuses on the placement of objects to create a sense of balance and harmony. And while some people may not believe in the power of feng shui, there's no denying that having a home that looks and feels balanced can have a positive effect on your mental state.
So how can you add natural materials to your home? There are a few different ways. If you're looking for something that will make a big impact, consider using bamboo or stone as a focal point within your home. Bamboo is a beautiful material that can be used in a variety of ways, from flooring to furniture. Not only does it bring a zen quality to interiors, but it is also a highly sustainable material that is equally robust. Stone can be used for everything from countertops, flooring to accent walls and staircases, adding a texture that feels raw, yet luxurious.
If you're looking for something a little more subtle and warm, wood is a great option. Wooden furniture is, of course, a staple, from your classic coffee tables to shelving. Wood can feel traditional, rustic, modern or even futuristic, but most importantly it reminds us of towering oak trees. Home trends like mid-japandi are great in balancing a range of wood tones to create a home that oozes quiet comforts and slow living. You can even consider adding wooden elements to your existing furniture, like replacing cabinet knobs with carved wood handles.
Wood in its rawest form, maintaining its natural silhouette are the best anchors to nature within our homes. Rather than being shaped into a man-made forms, live edge furniture embraces the natural curves and edges of the tree it came from. Each piece is also therefore unique, like the universe intended it to be.
If you're not ready to make such a big commitment, there are still plenty of ways to incorporate natural materials into your home. Try adding a wood frame to your mirror or using a stone vase as a centrepiece for your dining room table. Even the simple act of adding dried leaves or sticks as decor, creates a rustic vibrance in the home. For softer touch, try switching out your throw pillows for ones made of natural materials like hemp or organic cotton, which can make a big difference in the endeavour to create an earthier home.
Of course, we shouldn’t forget plants which are also an integral addition when it comes to adding a natural feel to your home. Not only do they add a splash of colour and life to any space, but they also help to purify the air. This is why many are choosing a more indoor-outdoor living approach, where the lines between interior and exterior delightfully blur. Even for those who require low-maintenance foliage, there are many indoor plants that thrive even if left to their own devices for weeks. So, if you're looking for an easy way to improve your mental health and well-being, consider adding some plants to every room.
You might be surprised at just how much of a difference it can make, these small adjustments trickle down into all aspects of our life, like a better night’s sleep or a more productive day at work.
"Design is coming to grips with one’s real lifestyle, one’s real place in the world. Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one’s well being.” — Albert Hadley, Interior Decorator