Health benefits of using natural materials

28 Apr, 2020

Now more than ever, our physical and mental health is a top priority. Our surroundings impact our daily lives in so many ways. We can improve our health and our mood by incorporating natural materials into our home’s decor. 

Before we begin discussing how to decorate with natural materials, let’s explore why nature is calming and what biophilic design is all about.

Studies show that homes featuring biophilic design practices make us feel better, enhances our sleep quality, and reduces stress. This design concept focuses on a connection to nature through the incorporation of natural light, organic materials, and vegetation. 

Harvard Medical School reports that the sight of nature has soothing effects and can help stop negative thoughts. Even listening to natural soundscapes, like the gentle flow of water over a babbling brook or the peaceful sounds of wind rustling through the trees, helps us to unwind. 

With the chaotic energy of today’s world, you deserve a home that calms you and allows you to rest and recharge to the fullest. If you are unable to get out into nature, bringing nature into your home is the next best thing. 

 

How to boost natural light in your home

Taking advantage of natural light in your home not only saves you money on your electricity bill, but it’s also easier on your eyes. Letting ample amounts of sunshine into your home will brighten your day in more ways than one. 

However, if you don’t have a lot of windows or your home is facing a direction that doesn’t allow for much sunlight, there are ways to remedy the situation.

Consider using natural materials like cotton or silk for drapes instead of thick heavy curtains that may block more light than they let inside. Light-coloured and airy materials also make your space appear larger and fresher. 

You can also use mirrors to bounce natural light around any room by strategically placing one directly across from a window. Furniture and accessories that are made of glass or have a metallic finish also work well and are very trendy. 

If you decide to decorate with metallics, feel free to mix and match tones like brushed silver and platinum with rich gold accents for a truly regal touch. After all, these materials provide excellent contrast against natural materials like potted plants or natural stone into your home.

 

How to incorporate natural stone into your home’s decor

Choosing natural stone veneers for your decor is a quick and easy way to bring the outdoors into your home. Erth Coverings offers a variety of products that are perfect for both indoor and outdoor applications and feature incredible colours and textures. 

For example, a product like Natural Tundra from the Rock Face Series can seamlessly transition from a feature wall outside of your home to a fireplace feature inside your home. This natural stone veneer combines traditional rock shapes with a palette of organic colours that are soothing and tranquil.  The texture is also very prominent, which provides an effortlessly rustic appeal.

More natural stone veneer products that will help you achieve your biophilic design goals come from the versatile Strips Series. These strips of natural stone are available in a variety of colours such as Lavastone, Silver Fox, Coral White and Cedarstone. Stones from this collection feature crips lines and add sophistication to any space.

Finding the right natural stone veneer product for your decor is an enjoyable experience because not only are you adding value to your home, but you’ll also love having it around once it’s installed. Feeling the satisfying textures and seeing the rich and dynamic colours will transport you directly into nature, putting you on the path to tranquillity.