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Natural Interior Design: Bring The Outdoors In

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Summer is coming and I am so happy to be able to work in my garden and have fresh herbs and flower bouquets around the house again. Who’s with me? Actually, do we really need to wait until the weather warms up to bring the outdoors in? Of course not! Any time is a good time to add vintage garden style or natural touches to our homes.  I love looking in magazines and Pinterest at bright, beautiful sun rooms and garden rooms that capture this aesthetic. Today I am sharing some inspiring photos as well as tips for natural interior design, regardless of the type of home you may have. *This post contains affiliate links.


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Let the sunshine in!

Have you ever been into a home that looks dark and dingy, or one that is only lit by artificial lighting? Compare that with homes that are wide and expansive with large ceilings, and plenty of natural light. The open and bright homes just seem to evoke a positive vibe and feel. You can hire an electrician or DIY any room with a beautiful light fixture to brighten things up on gloomy days. 


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But what if your home is shady, like mine? While you can’t change the shape and layout of your home, you probably have more capacity to let more natural light in than you might realize. If your blinds are permanently pulled a quarter of the way down, then pull them up— notice at how much more light there is! If privacy is an issue you can install privacy window film that actually has a faux leaded glass, vintage look. Even soft sheers will add a touch of privacy but will still let light in. 



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Mirrors also reflect light and can even mimic a window.



Bunny Williams Transom Indoor/Outdoor Mirror


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Style tip: Use beautiful mirrors around the house to make a space seem larger and brighter.


French doors opening onto a courtyard Garden style bringing the outdoors in


If you have the option to do so, adding French doors (or at least a glass storm door) to the back of your home which can open up into the garden would be ideal.  In the summer, it’s great to be able to let the outdoors in and create versatile living spaces. While it’s nice to bring some of the outdoor nature-decor vibes in, no one wants to deal with 95 degree humid summer air (or mosquitos!) Be sure to contact your local  air conditioning installers  to ensure that your unit is working so  you can stay cool, even on the hottest July and August days.



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Add plants and greenery.

Plants are a great addition to any home! There is a story about a woman in New York who got rid of her roommate and replaced her with hundreds of plants! The result? A natural oasis, right in the heart of densely populated New York! Even with small spaces, there is always the capacity to incorporate natural interior design.

Plants and flowers are great for improving your mood and the air quality in your home too. You don’t have to buy hundreds, though, and you can even keep your roommates! When I used to think of houseplants, I had visions of tropical plants and vines taking over a room, and that didn’t appeal to me and my shabby chic cottage style. Now I realize that there are many other types of plants that will look beautiful in romantic, French Country or farmhouse style homes and they can even capture a European essence.

Beautiful sun room. I would fill this space with plants, vases and maybe a rug


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Herbs are lovely additions indoor, whether fresh or faux. Olive trees, succulents and delicate vining plants are perfect for adding natural touches as well.



A Fiddle Leaf Fig tree grows about 6 feet tall indoors – sometimes even taller! If you have the patience and a green thumb, you can save some cash and buy it as a baby fiddle. Just keep in mind, they are sometimes a little testy, so finding the right sun might be a trick. But this is one I will always have around. I love their big green leaves, and I especially appreciate that no two are just alike. | Joanna Gaines | Magnolia Market | Plants | Plant Lady | Indoor Plants | Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree |


One of the trendiest plants to use in home decor these days is the fiddle leaf fig, popularized by Joanna Gaines and her signature Fixer Upper Style.



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Natural Materials

Of course, you can’t just rely on plants and natural light to bring the outdoors in. To really give your home that natural feel, you’ll need to include natural materials.  Consider buying from an online furniture store that specializes in wooden furniture, and you’ll have a home that effortlessly reflects  natural interior design. Wicker is also a great way to add vintage outdoor style to your indoor space.


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Don’t stop with the furniture! When it comes to buying throws and blankets and rugs, keep the colors and textures as natural as possible.   Jute rugs are perfect for this aesthetic. 



Jute rug

Large covered basket for storage serves double duty as a side table simply by topping with a serving tray.


A woven throw, wicker trunk and rattan window shades are beautiful natural elements.


Green plant throw pillow cover adding natural style garden style

Choose linen textiles to add even more natural touches. Don’t have a green thumb? You can still add some green to your room with this cute plant throw pillow cover.


Subtle Extras

Many people decorate with store bought accessories around their home, but why not incorporate some of nature’s free gifts from the great outdoors? Instead of searching home decor stores for accessories, use pine cones, seashells, moss balls, antlers and other natural elements in vignettes or in a bowl as a centerpiece.

Gorgeous stack of vintage ironstone platters and seashells

Treasures Of The Sea


Bring a rustic outdoors look in by using an urn meant for outdoor use


Dried roses and fresh flowers add natural, romantic French Country garden style.

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Using these items will give your home a subtle natural edge and you can change them seasonally.



Artwork and Other Accessories

Once you have your natural touches in place, bring the outdoors in through art and other accessories. Hang a beautiful landscape or nautical painting above the mantel. Aside from providing crucial focal points for your rooms, they’ll help to connect your home to the wider world. A gallery of vintage floral prints and paintings can also be stunning. 



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Love vintage paintings hung in the kitchen



Vintage botanical and animal prints are lovely for bringing the outdoors in, and can also be easily changed with the seasons.

Round Framed Vintage Inspired Backyard Bird Prints, Set of 8

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Framed Cottage Botanicals, Set of 4

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Don’t forgot all of the cute vintage garden themed items that you can use to bring the outdoors in too. Search yard sales, vintage markets and antiques shops for old buckets, flower frogs, vintage tools and seed packets to add garden style indoors.



As you can see, it is easy to bring the outdoors in even if you don’t have a large, open garden room or lots of light. A natural, outdoor aesthetic promotes positive feelings and a refreshing look even in the winter months. By following these suggestions for bringing the outdoors in you can easily achieve natural interior design. I am certainly ready to add some green to the decor! How about you?



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  • Reply Olivia- Reinvented Collection

    Thank you, Amber! I have that photo in a higher resolution. If I can remember, I’ll go hunt it down on the external harddrive and get it to you. You know what I’m dealing with so if you remind me in the future I’ll get it.

    I love the seashells in the bowl. I’ll come back later to look more closely at everything else and read the post again. For now… it’s off to dealing with this theme and the coding stuff. Wish me luck and have fun finding pretty “junk”.


    February 1, 2018 at 5:46 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Olivia, I hope you have had a chance to find some treasures this weekend!

      February 4, 2018 at 12:46 am
  • Reply Debrashoppeno5

    I do know people who love dark rooms but I am one of those who immediately open the blinds in the morning. I love the light and looking out at the gardens.

    February 3, 2018 at 12:20 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hi Debra! I like the look of some dark and cozy English style rooms too, but like you, I want that morning sunshine!
      Thanks so much for stopping by today!

      February 4, 2018 at 12:40 am
  • Reply Cristina pop

    These pics are brilliant! I just love natural light in every room in a house.

    February 4, 2018 at 11:42 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hi Cristina! I seriously got spring fever working on this post! I had some leftover winter decor but I starting clearing it out to make room for more natural elements in anticipation of spring. Those pictures are so dreamy! I would love to have a sun room like any of those in the post! Thank you so much for visiting today. Do come back again soon!

      February 7, 2018 at 1:35 am
  • Reply Stacey @ Poofing the Pillows

    Wow you found wonderful inspiration, Amber! I’m on my computer this morning to gather gardening ideas but bringing it all indoors is definitely on my list too. 🙂

    February 4, 2018 at 1:09 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hi Stacey! I am ready to start adding some fresh herbs in pots back into my kitchen and slowly start transitioning back into spring. This is also the time of year when I start pinning garden ideas and reading through my collection of gardening books. After working on this post I have some ideas on how to make my home feel a little fresher and lighter adding more natural touches. Thank you so much for visiting!

      February 7, 2018 at 1:30 am
  • Reply Donna @ Modern on Monticello

    Beautiful roundup of bright interiors. I prefer the sunlight streaming through large windows any day over a dark room. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from the Saturday Blog Link Party.

    February 4, 2018 at 11:45 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Yes, I just crave that beautiful light! Thank you so much for visiting today. Come back again soon!

      February 7, 2018 at 1:28 am
  • Reply Kristy

    I love natural light and how it can change the atmosphere of a room. Flowers are also a nice way to bring the outdoors in, my aunt used to have fresh flowers on her dining room table all the time. I’ve tried to start buying a bouquet each week when I’m out and about.

    February 5, 2018 at 2:27 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      I agree! I think fresh flowers can just change the whole mood of the home. Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you will return again soon!

      February 7, 2018 at 1:28 am
  • Reply Darren Rowse

    Awesome post a great source of information regarding Home & Garden Accessories. Thanks for this wonderful post.

    February 5, 2018 at 11:28 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed the post. I hope you will visit again!

      February 7, 2018 at 1:26 am
  • Reply angie

    my mother always had a bright room in her home. She would open the curtains, let the sun in and have the inside look lovely as well
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    February 7, 2018 at 1:44 am
  • Reply Cindy@countyroad407

    Fantastic post! I love bringing the outdoors in. Honestly I want to bring in way more greenery than I do but I must control myself! Love the warm woods and natural elements too.

    February 8, 2018 at 5:20 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thanks Cindy! Grrrrr, I have a mold allergy and even a little potting soil inside can aggravate me or I would have many plants inside. But I am still absolutely passionate about herbs and keep them right outside the kitchen. I have found some really amazing faux herbs though, and I diffuse my rosemary essential oils and cook with fresh herbs to get my fix! Thanks for visiting today!

      February 8, 2018 at 11:52 pm
  • Reply Michelle @ The Painted Hinge Farmhouse

    Wow my eyes are popping out at all the eye candy here! And I can’t wait for spring either – we’ve had mild weather here in NorCal this week, so I took advantage of it to get our yard cleaned up in anticipation of herbs, veggies and flowers!

    February 8, 2018 at 6:59 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Herbs…be still my heart! I was just looking around the garden yesterday and making some mental notes of how I want to arrange my potted herb garden this year. I can’t wait! Thanks for visiting Michelle!

      February 8, 2018 at 11:50 pm
  • Reply Sandra L Garth

    There’s nothing like a bright room to lift your spirits! After seeing these beautiful pictures I’m very excited for spring. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you will join us again next week.

    February 8, 2018 at 11:44 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Sandra, I am glad you enjoyed the post! Thank you for hosting!

      February 8, 2018 at 11:48 pm
  • Reply Jann Olson

    I definitely love bringing the outdoors in and the more sunshine the better! I’m so anxious for spring. It was unusually warm today and I worked out in the front beds. Just love getting my hands in that dirt! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    February 9, 2018 at 5:34 am
  • Reply Jen Gallizzo

    Great post! Love the part about plants around the house. They really do make all of the difference. Next on my list? Try a fiddle leaf fig. Wonder if they are temperamental??
    Loved your tips here

    February 9, 2018 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply Elise Ho

    The rooms that you have highlighted are just fantastic. We added Frech doors in our kitchen and we love to keep them open so that the indoor and outdoors are seamless.

    February 10, 2018 at 6:16 pm
  • Reply Cathy Lawdanski

    What beautiful homes! I love the suggestion of adding mirrors and plants.

    February 11, 2018 at 12:59 am
  • Reply prashant kumar

    These are beautiful interior design pieces. I am glad and never seen this kind of beautiful decoration.

    March 5, 2018 at 6:14 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you! I am happy you liked it!

      March 6, 2018 at 4:11 am
  • Reply Angie

    This beautiful post is a GARDEN feature on the March You’re the STAR blog hop:

    March 6, 2018 at 2:18 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Oh wow thanks so much! Have a great week!

      March 6, 2018 at 4:07 am
  • Reply Dreamsketch

    Thanks for sharing

    July 27, 2018 at 7:48 am
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