Getting back to nature.
Don’t get us wrong, we love this urban metropolis that we call home. But although it’s a busy bustling city, Hong Kong keeps nature close by – perhaps you have a view of the water from your office, or you can see the green of the mountains poking through the skyscrapers when you look out your bedroom window? If your heart is in the great outdoors and you don’t have a view (or even if you do) you might need a little more to quench that green thirst! In a place where space is a premium, there are always ways (big or small) to bring the outside inside. So here are five nature-inspired style ideas to get you started and make your home bloom.
There’s not a lot that a lick of paint can’t fix, and when it comes to revamping your home it can also be an excellent cost saving method with fast results. Natural colours and tones can revamp a room in seconds, so select a theme and run with it. Think a blue or turquoise statement wall alongside creams (as shown above), with various beach decorations (seashells on the bedside table, sand in decorative vases etc.) a blue ombre rug to recreate a beach house vibe, or try sandy hues for this Zara inspired Mediterranean nature escape.
Ensure your paint is safe for little (and big!) lungs, as well as being eco-conscious. Try 513 Paint Shop which stocks environmentally-friendly, non-toxic paint from Iceland and Sweden, while colour mixing is done locally.
Textiles are a great way to change up the feel of a room without having to rearrange heavy furniture. From the lounge to the bedroom and even the bathroom, you’ll find a great range of colours, textures and patterns to choose from. Depending on the look that you’re going for (sandy beach hues or tropical rainforest greens), strategically placed cushion covers, throws, table runners, rugs or bedspreads will help to alter the look of your room.
Pair these sunflower print cushions with plain ones of similar shades, or this leaf shower curtain with matching green towels and bath mats from H&M (you can find H&M items in store as the company doesn’t currently deliver to Hong Kong).
One way to feel the impact of nature in the home is through materials. You can bring the outside in by using various different elements such as stone or rocks (try a glass vase with stones for decoration), recycled bar stools using timber from old boats, or a bamboo ladder which can be both decorative and useful (it’s a great place to hang bathroom towels!). These handwoven baskets from TREE are also great storage units. Made from natural fibres like rattan, seagrass and abaca, they come in an array of designs, colours and sizes to suit every style.
If you’ve got a blank wall that could benefit from a little love, opt for some nature-inspired art, like the three tropical prints shown above. Or get creative with these funky wallpaper designs that’ll take you on a journey without having to leave the comfort of your sofa. Try a royal garden view, the Amazon, or even an enchanted jungle! Alternatively, go for an ocean theme with these coral stencils and DIY your own walls with the colour of your choice.
What better way to bring nature into your home than by, well, nature! It’s been proven that certain plants can actually purify the air inside your house, they’re also cheaper and much prettier to look at that some gadgets that do a similar thing. Large pot plants strategically placed in the corner of a room can change the dynamic of the space, or if your place is on the smaller size consider installing a floating shelf and place a fern next to your books for a pop of green.
If you’re really feeling it, go all out and install a piece of living art like the one shown above. Most importantly, once your home is well and truly a nature zen den, relax, breathe deep and enjoy your beautiful natural space.