Bringing the outdoors in

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: RemodelRenovating

The EPA reports we spend 90 percent of our time indoors, but most people feel that spending time in nature has a positive effect on their mental well-being and stress level, according to a recent YouGov study commissioned by Velux. So, if your goal is to de-stress, here are some healthy behaviors and design tips to help you bring nature’s sanctuary indoors.

LET IN MORE FRESH AIR AND NATURAL LIGHT

Today’s homes are built tighter and more sealed, which means they can trap toxins from daily living — such as cooking, cleaning, pets and more — inside. Adding skylights that can open is a simple home renovation project to improve fresh air flow, helping rid indoor air of pollutants. Additionally, studies show that exposure to natural light helps to sync your circadian rhythm, allowing for better sleep at night.

FILL YOUR HOME WITH NATURAL SCENTS

Up your chef game by using fresh herbs in your cooking that will fill your kitchen with natural fragrance. Making an indoor herb garden ensures you’ll always have some on hand. You can also incorporate fresh herbs into bouquets or wreaths for a natural air freshener throughout your home.

GO GREEN WITH DÉCOR

Reap the benefits of nature by bringing it inside, adding greenery or even fruit into your décor. The possibilities are endless — use a bowl of fresh fruit as a centerpiece or mix different sizes of pots to create a succulent gallery.

USE NATURAL CLEANING PRODUCTS

Many cleaning products have harsh chemicals that can be inhaled or absorbed into your skin. By switching to natural cleaning products you’ll feel safer.

From boosting your home’s natural light to going green and adding plant life, it’s easy to turn your home into a natural oasis with these simple steps.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.