If you love the great outdoors, then you probably love nature and want to retain that flourish and beauty that nature provides around your home. Botanicals are the best way to keep your home looking fresh all year – from ferns to poppies and succulents that lie just in between, botanicals provide endless inspiration. What’s even better is that it costs close to nothing (with a few exceptions, of course) and is super easy to do.
Here are a few tips to make your home a botanical-inspired resort regardless of the season and budget. All that matters now is your taste.
1. Outdoor Patio Cover
An outdoor patio cover is one of the most effective ways to boost the outdoor look by a long shot. A well-constructed patio cover looks appealing, given the right tint, coloring, and materials, and extends your living space.
You can place some extra nature-themed furniture on the patio without worrying about the weather and enjoy the beautiful view of your outdoor oasis.
2. Use a botanical fabric
Use a texture that features birds, tree branches, beautiful flowers, or foliage to wake your room to the fresh smell of spring. If you are an experienced sewer, you could even try to fashion your slipcovers for the dining room chairs. If not, a seat cushion or two could do just fine, or otherwise, use a botanical print oil cloth – cut out a tablecloth using pinking shears—zero sewing required.
3. Make luxurious linen-backed pressed-flower portraits
A simple walk along a local trail or a morning frolic in your backyard can provide sufficient specimens to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind art that will be yours to keep.
- The first step is picking up a beautiful flower or two you like.
- You then need to press the flowers. Do this by closing them carefully in a heavy book or a flower press, if you own one, one per page. Leave them to dry for one or two weeks before they’re ready for use.
- When they’re ready, trim a piece of linen for the back of the frame and attach it using adhesive.
- You can use more adhesive to stick the flowers to the linen or place them on top and let the glass hold them in place.
4. Cover a windowpane in seaglass
If you have a beach glass collection, you could use adhesive to cover a window. This window acts like frosted glass – it prevents anyone from viewing either inside or outside, but will still let the light in, so use it somewhere it will be an asset, such as the bathroom.
Use a clear floral-setting resin (easy to find in craft stores with floral supplies) to fill gaps between glass pieces.
5. Mix household staples with finds from nature
Nature’s discarded remains can easily add a touch of beauty to your home. A little bird’s nest or a small potted plant can give your coffee table a clean look with hardly any effort.
Dig around in your kitchen cupboards for anything that could be used in a display, such as cake stands, dessert plates, glass jars, and serving trays. Play around with them until the arrangement pleases you.
6. Paint your coffee table legs summer-sky blue
It is simple enough to undertake, and it would only take an afternoon to do. If you have any paint lying around in a bright spring color, table legs are the ideal place to use it since they need only a small amount of paint.
You should tape off the edges of your tabletop and sand, clean, and prime the table legs before giving them a new coat of color.
7. Wrap branches in rainbow-hued thread
This is also pretty simple; you could do it over a plate of popcorn. Take any old twig (clean and dry it up thoroughly) and wrap it up with some vibrant-colored thread.
Use a little glue to hold the thread at the beginning and end of each place you wrap, and leave some bark exposed between colors for contrast.
Of course, the best way to give a house the outdoor feel is by using actual botanicals. Succulents include most desert plants like the cactus.
Succulents are the most preferable because they not only add to the beauty of your home but are also easy to grow and maintain since they don’t require much water.
9. Mix up the colors
White and ivory are colors often confused, but contrast each other well and create a beautiful natural décor—flavor things up by using shells, coral, and starfish with an equally colorful backdrop. Paint the back of the ivory (or white) cabinet an eye-catching hue to make the white objects even more apparent.
10. Fill bottles and jars with your finds
A glass jar (with or without water) filled with sea glass always looks lovely if placed in a window to catch the light. You could also try placing small, smooth stones in a glass jar for more appeal.
The great outdoors is great and would even be greater if you could be around the feel of them as long as you want (without having to sleep outside). Hopefully, these tips gave you a few cost-effective tips on how to make this possible.