Going green – part 4 – merge indoors with outdoors

Going green is not just about being eco-conscious, or at least it doesn't have to be. In fact, there are numerous ways to incorporate the colour green into your home's décor to create a lively and inviting space that makes it a pleasure to come home every night. Perhaps the best way to 'go green' is to merge the indoors with the outdoors and a great way to do this is with plants. Plants and flowers signify growth, health and bring beauty into an otherwise bland and lifeless space.

A great way to bring the outdoors inside is to incorporate house plants into your home's décor. House plants create an instant connection with the outdoors and even provide life-sustaining oxygen by exchanging the carbon dioxide exhaled when you breathe. They purify the air in addition to helping you to create a space that brings you in touch with the nature right outside your back door. There are a variety of plants that do well indoors; in fact, the selection is almost limitless.

To build on this idea, window boxes are another great way to extend your outdoor space right into your living room or kitchen. By creating a flower box, you extend the room beyond the physical restraints of the walls and windows. You have instantly brought the outdoors into your home. Choose flowers that match the colour scheme of your inside, since the idea is that you want to merge the two spaces. Bright, lively flowers are more likely to draw your eye, so choose plants with bright petals that complement the fabrics and paint just inside the window.

Once you have decided to bring the outdoors in by installing window boxes, it is important to consider window dressings. Since the idea is to draw the eye through the window and out to the flowers and the garden beyond, it is a good idea to make sure your window perfectly frames the beautiful picture outside. There are numerous ways to dress a window.

Most importantly, the window dressing should match the décor of your room. If you have a prominent fabric or accent fabric that you would like to incorporate, use it to create Roman blinds or curtains. For a less frilly look, consider using simple blinds which come in various curtain fabrics and finishes that you can choose from to complement the look of your room.

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