If you’re a single-family homeowner, you may be enjoying the perks of having your own private backyard. Maybe you have a pool where you can cool off, a beautiful garden to admire or a firepit where you like to gather with your family. Having this space makes home feel more serene, especially at a time when we’re all spending more time at home.
But what if you don’t have your own backyard? If you live in an apartment, condo or multi-family home, you may be struggling to find that peaceful place where you can enjoy a taste of the outdoors. That’s why we’re here to help you create one!
Beautify Your Balcony
Maybe you don’t have a backyard but you might have a balcony or small patio. Adding a little outdoor furniture, a few potted plants and some festive string lights can go a long way in uplifting your mood. A simple bistro table set and outdoor rug provides a cozy new space for al fresco dining.
A Window to Happiness
If you have no outdoor space at all, you can still create a beautiful outdoor-inspired oasis inside your home. Whether you’re lucky enough to have a room full of windows or you’re limited to a studio apartment with one view, windows are key to making your indoor space feel more connected to nature. If you can, center your “outdoor” sanctuary around a space where you get plenty of natural light.
Bring Nature to You
Surrounding yourself with plants is the best way to stay connected to nature when you’re spending time indoors. You can be creative by mixing large potted plants, hanging plants and small planters throughout your space. If you’re a plant novice, start slow. Do your research first to decide what you can manage, then build on your collection as you gain more confidence in your “plant parent” abilities.
A Place to Hang Out
Traditionally, you’d expect to see a hammock hanging outside between two trees. But a hammock is also a great way to make an indoor space feel more relaxed. Grab a good book, get lost in your favorite music or take a nap listening to nature sounds while you kick back in your cozy cocoon.
When in Doubt, Fake It!
If you don’t have a great view and plants are too high maintenance for your busy lifestyle, you can still enjoy the feeling of an “outdoor” oasis in your home. Whether you’d like to imagine you’re on the beach, overlooking the mountains or in the middle of a secluded forest, a high quality scenic wall decal can be pretty convincing. If you’re renting, be sure to check with your landlord first before making any changes. With a little bit of creativity you can enjoy the outdoors, inside your home, year-round!