- Step 1
Freshen your room. I recommend reading through my article, "How to Freshen Up a Room On A Budget". If you feel your room already meets these standards then you are already a few steps ahead! Think clean, open, and inviting. When you walk in your space should make you want to breathe a little longer and deeper. Think blissful.
- Step 2
Bring in the nature. Literally, looking at plants to put into your home. For a first time gardener, this could be a little intimidating but fear not! There are many plants that just need a little water and a bit of sun, such as many cacti. I also recommend the snake plant, money tree, and areca palm for their ability to literally pull toxins from the air. If you feel you can master a bit more tricky plants such as ferns, or seasonal flowers feel free to do so. Let them reflect your tastes just as a pet would. If you live within a small space, plants on window sills will help, especially if you have animals. If you can not add plants, that is okay because the next few steps will still be helpful.
- Step 3
Find green photography. This should ideally be of a plant-like nature, but it may also be scenic. Anything that focuses on the earth, and not a social system or it's inhabitants. This piece can even be the focal point of a room, and help guide your decor further. If it is an ocean picture, maybe the room could have a nice blue hued wall as a backdrop. Do not worry about prices either. Find a simple large frame (no edges will seem more open) at a crafts store, and a print from a magazine, or a poster without words.
- Step 4
Decorate. If you are on a really tight budget, you can still become inspired by this step. With the previous steps completed this is where your theme can guide you. You should have your room cleaned, fresh, and focused with natural accents. Finding throw pillows, interesting rocks, special planters, or rugs will tip off your room to pull all of the elements together. Be creative, and just keep the tags on a product if they are new so you can return things if they do not capture your attention.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Bring Nature into a Room
Whether you live in a bustling city or in the sticks, adding natural elements into your dwelling is a great escape. It can be done in many ways, for anyone's style. With little or no budgets this can be achieved with a bit of creativity and a few supplies.