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As Australians, we have a strong connection with the outdoors and a growing appreciation of the health benefits of spending time with nature. The later has encouraged a strong argument for bringing natural elements into the home. 

As luxury home builders on the Gold Coast, we understand this desire and we realise that everything from foraged seashells to native flowers can have a place in a well-designed custom home. So, what are some of the best ways to bring the outdoors in, while maintaining a touch of class? Here are 3 of the most effective ways to get started:

1. Go Green 

The most obvious and most effective way to bring nature indoors is to literally bring it inside! In many of our home additions on the Gold Coast, our clients will ask us to create an interior design that draws upon greenery to add a natural feeling and spark a range of health benefits. 

Plants both purify the air in your home, as well as reducing dust particles in the air. Whether you have a green thumb and want to grow an indoor herb garden, are willing to try your hand at taking care of a hardy indoor plant, or are more suited to succulents, greener is a great first step to bringing the outdoors in.

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2. Natural Light 

Increasing the amount of natural light shining inside will instantly brighten your home and create a warm, welcoming ambience. Updating or removing curtains and window coverings in your existing home can help to increase natural light. When it comes to home additions or new homes, the inclusion of sky lights, bifold doors and bay windows can be a great way to boost the natural light inside.

Increasing natural light is a cost effective and energy-efficient solution as it decreases your reliance on artificial light and will in turn, reduce your power bill dramatically. At McGowan Homes, we’re passionate about creating custom homes on the Gold Coast that capture and make the most of natural light. This is a highly-recommended and eco-friendly strategy in modern homes, as well as a beautiful design trick to make your home appear larger. 

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3. Rocks, Sand & Twigs 

Another way to bring the outside in is to get rustic with your home decor. Choosing natural elements, sometimes right from your backyard, can add a subtle touch of nature to your northern Gold Coast home. Glass vases filled with sand, rocks used as paperweights or bookends, driftwood used as a table centrepiece or tall branches as statement corner pieces are all attractive and easy ways to add a touch of nature to your home. 

Most homewares stores will offer a range of beautiful, natural decor pieces and when complemented with greenery and natural tones, these will add an earthy style to any room. 

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These are just a few of the ways you can bring the outside in to your Gold Coast home addition. If you’re planning a new home build on the northern Gold Coast, McGowan Homes can offer more design and decorating inspiration that will help create a natural look and feel in your home.

Get in touch with us today to find out more.


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