Posted on March 9, 2021

As the seasons change and the flowers bloom, we all want to spend more time outside, but there are some easy ways to bring a piece of the outdoors into your home to liven up your space and even benefit your health! 

Cherry Blossoms

1. Houseplants

Snake Plant
Snake Plant

This might be the most obvious and literal way to bring a piece of the outdoors to your home, but the benefits of houseplants can't be overstated. Do you have allergies? A study at Virginia Tech showed that houseplants can help reduce dust and some allergens up to 20%. Even NASA has studied the ability of houseplants to clean the air in your home! In fact, keeping at least one plant per 100 square feet of space can almost as effective as high-cost air purifiers. 

Even if you don't have a green thumb, there are plenty of low-maintenance options for whatever amount of natural light you have in your home. Plants like the Snake Plant, Spider Plant, and Rubber Plant can survive in most light levels and are very easy to care for. 

You can buy some of these plants at big box stores like Home Depot or Lowes, but the Baltimore area has a number of fantastic nurseries with experts who can help you pick the best plants for your home. Check out Valley View Farms or Green Fields Nursery

2. Optimize Natural Light

Natural LightBringing natural light into your home can do a lot for your health and happiness.  Optimizing the light in your home can help boost your Vitamin D, help fight Seasonal  Depression, help you sleep better, and even help reduce utility bills. If your home has  a number of large windows, it is easy to fill your home with natural light, but even if  you are in a smaller space without as many windows, there are a few easy tricks to  improve your light.

 A strategically-placed mirror can reflect light from a window into darker areas of the home. Opting for lighter-colored furniture and decor can make a big difference as well. If your floors are dark, a light area rug can go a long way to brighten the space. Lastly, don't forget to keep your windows clean! Even lightly dirty windows can block some of the beneficial light from outside. 

3. Fresh Air

I don't know about you, but when the weather starts to warm up, the first thing I want to do is open the windows. Opening a window on a nice day seems to instantly make the space feel fresher and lighter. And that isn't just in your head! Good ventilation in your home can reduce humidity, help reduce buildup of VOCs in the air from cleaning supplies and appliances, and even help ease some allergies. If you have the ability, open windows on opposite sides of your home to get the most ventilation. It can also help to leave ceiling fans running on a low speed to distribute the fresh air. 

Patterson Park Pagoda
If all else fails, check out one of Baltimore's beautiful parks! This is the Patterson Park Pagoda in Baltimore City.






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