A number of things can affect how we feel – our diet, sleep, and exercise – but did you know that the environment can also have an impact? It’s true, the amount of sunlight we get, the colour of our walls, and the materials we use in our homes can make a massive difference to how we feel.

It’s therefore important to know that introducing natural materials into your homes can have a positive impact on your well-being and your health. In fact, research has shown that using natural materials in your home can actually make you healthier.

In the past, using natural materials in the home evoked images of dreary colour tones and sackcloth. However, this has now changed. Nowadays, natural materials are more popular than ever. While many of us like the idea of using natural materials in our homes, it’s often hard to know where to start. So, in order to help you, we’ve made a list of some of the ways you can include natural materials in your home:

Look for the Unusual When Redesigning Your Home

When it comes to redesigning your home, it pays to be innovative. Instead of purchasing ready-made items, why not look for something a little bit different? For example, you could use a piece of driftwood or an old railway sleeper as a mantelpiece above a fire. Not only does this look great and save money, but it’s also more environmentally friendly too.

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Use Natural Stone To Add Texture

If you’re wanting to add some natural materials into your kitchen or bathroom, why not consider using marble? This material is perfect for giving you the texture, tone, and patterns that man-made alternatives cannot match. Marble is a brilliant choice of material for a kitchen, as it can withstand high heats and is easily cleaned, but it’s important to be aware of its drawbacks, too.

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 Create a Firewood Display

One way to add natural materials to your home if you have a log-burning stove or open fire is to create a firewood display where you can store all of your unused firewood. Having this on display will introduce natural tones and textures to the environment and make it feel cosier.

Use Recycles or Reclaimed Materials

Upcycling, recycling, and using reclaimed materials always looks good in a home. You could turn old doors into shelving, or you could use old scaffolding planks to make some storage units.

Contrast Natural Materials with Metallic Objects

Contrasting your natural materials with metallic objects will help to make your home look and feel amazing. Metallic objects help to add warmth to a home. Over the last few years, we’ve noticed a huge increase in the number of people adding copper accessories and items to their homes. However, unless they are complemented by natural materials, these items may make a room feel dark and dismal.

No matter what type of property you own, you’ll be able to find a way to successfully include natural materials in your home. For example, if you own a luxurious modern apartment, then travertine tiles might be a good choice for you, but if you own an old cottage, then a cobbled wall fireplace would look amazing. If you’re wanting to use natural materials in your home, then why not try out some of our ideas above?