Outside view of VIDA Building

Bring the Outdoors In: Using Natural Elements in Your Décor

Bedroom with houseplants, wood furniture, and leaf-patterned bedding.

July 2023


If you love being outside, why not bring a touch of the outdoors into your VIDA apartment or townhome? Incorporating natural elements into your decor not only adds a charming organic feel but also brings a sense of harmony and tranquility. Just because you live in downtown Rochester doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of some creative ways to infuse your space with the wonders of nature. Consider these ideas:

Embrace Greenery:
The simplest way to bring the outdoors in is by adding plants and flowers. From low-maintenance succulents to lush tropical plants, do a little research and choose the ones that thrive in the lighting conditions of your apartment. Place them strategically in corners, on windowsills, or hanging from ceilings to breathe life into your rooms. And if you hesitate to have plants because you forget to water them, we have a solution for that too.

Natural Materials:
Incorporate natural materials such as wood, stone, rattan, or jute into your furniture and decor. Opt for wooden tables, chairs, or shelving units that showcase the natural grain and texture. Introduce stone accents through decorative items, like pebbles in a vase. Including these elements will add warmth, earthiness, and a tactile appeal to your space.

Let There Be Light:
Maximize natural light by keeping windows unobstructed. Sunlight not only brightens your rooms but also creates a feeling of openness and connection to the outside world. Hanging a mirror across from a window is a nifty trick to amplify the brightness and make your space feel more vibrant.

Nature-Inspired Color Palette:
Choose a color palette that echoes the soothing hues of nature. Soft greens, earthy browns, gentle blues, and warm neutrals instantly create a calming atmosphere. Infuse these colors into your space through furniture upholstery, textiles, and decorative accessories. Don’t be afraid to play with different shades and combinations to find what matches your personal style.

Organic Textures and Patterns:
Introduce organic textures and patterns to add depth. Incorporate woven rugs, natural fiber baskets, or textured wallpaper to evoke a sense of nature. Seek out textiles with leaf, floral, or animal-inspired patterns to infuse your space with a touch of the wild.

Natural Art and Photography:
Hang nature-themed art or display photographs of landscapes, botanicals, or wildlife. Choose pieces that resonate with you personally and reflect the beauty of the natural world. Whether it’s a large statement piece or a collection of smaller prints, these artworks will become focal points that capture the essence of the outdoors within your home.

Water Features:
Consider incorporating a water feature such as a small tabletop fountain. The sound of running water can create a calming and peaceful ambiance while simulating the soothing effect of natural streams or waterfalls.

Bringing nature to your apartment or townhome decor creates a sense of tranquility and rejuvenation. By embracing greenery, natural materials, light, color, texture, and art inspired by nature, you can create a haven that connects you with the great outdoors.