As Spring is rumoured to be around the corner and we start to emerge from the doldrums of the winter, it seemed a perfect opportunity for us to look at the greater picture in interior design and how we can use some simple ways to add nature into our homes.

As Spring is rumoured to be around the corner and we start to emerge from the doldrums of the winter, it seemed a perfect opportunity for us to look at the greater picture in interior design and how we can use some simple ways to add nature into our homes.

With lives getting busier by the day, it is no surprise that we are spending more time at home. The rise of trends such as JOMO and finding interior calm, all acknowledge this move in getting comfort from our own homes and finding a calming sanctuary where we can truly relax and recharge batteries. While this sounds the perfect idyll, there is a need to not lose that connection with the natural world. This has spurred many homeowners to look at the variety of ways we can remain inspired by the great outdoors and use this within interior design.

It hasn’t been surprising that botanicals have taken a strong lead in adding outdoor flora and fauna details. In the last couple of years there has been a strong move away from the delicate botanical prints that we may previously have associated with chintz styling, and now we see an injection of bold bright colour palettes and clashing colour combinations.

Botanicals aren’t just for wallpapers, they can be used across soft furnishings such as cushions, lampshades, rugs and curtains and combining different botanical prints and colours can add a maximalist look.

Opening up the home is another way to include natural light into domestic space. This escape from industrial lighting helps reconnect the homeowner with the natural benefits of light during the day, and the calming evening sky at night. If homeowners have the budget to include bi-fold doors, larger windows and ceiling lights, then that is an immediate way of adding bright spaces . For those living in a defined space that cannot be changed, simply clearing window spaces of clutter, adding sheer curtains or using light reflecting paints will help maximise the amount of brightness from outdoors.

The materials we choose to use in the home can also help us reconnect with the outside world. Stone floors provide a really earthy look to the home and while real stone may not be practical, choosing a floor that replicates the nuances of stone such as our Brighton and Burlington ranges, would be a great and practical alternative.

We often associate the outdoors with woodlands and forests. Wood naturally evokes that feeling of warmth, but using solid wood floors can be out of the reach of most budgets and those that are looking at sustainable alternatives. Looking at ranges such as our Jacobsen, Tavel and Bristol, they all include the details of real wood looks and are a great way of adding that look of timber without being a drain on natural resources.

Going to the garden centre and investing in plants suitable for the home are a great way of adding an outdoor element into the home. Not only for looks, plants can also provide a natural way of cleansing air and many garden centres provide handy advice on which plants to choose and the benefits they can provide.