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Bringing the Outdoors, In

With the cool winter weather limiting our time outdoors, bringing the outdoors in has never sounded better. In interior design trends, A & S Carpet Collection in Allison Park, PA is noticing that bringing the outdoors in makes a beautiful style statement and is also a trend that is emerging in flooring. Whether it’s through materials, textures, lighting or color pallet, nature makes a powerful impact on both exterior and interior spaces.

So why bring the outdoors in? In today’s crazy busy and fast-paced world, nature evokes a sense of calm and serenity. Nature allows us all to take a deep breath and relax with our families after a hectic day. Studies show that fresh flowers can actually make us feel happier, and houseplants reduce carbon dioxide and pollutants in the air. In a USA Today article, writer Andruss explains that exposure to nature benefits our overall mental health and refreshes and restores our sense of wellbeing.

If you’re considering bringing the outdoors inside your own home, A & S Carpet Collection has compiled a list of recommendations so that you can get started.

Building Materials

If you’re building or remodeling with the goal of bringing the outdoors in, keep this goal in mind when selecting your floorplan. Many homes today are built around a garden or outdoor living space, like this one, or are positioned to face an amazing view of nature. Choose building materials such as a stacked stone fireplace or exposed reclaimed lumber for a sense of bringing the outdoors in.

Plant Life

Incorporating plants within your home is not only on trend, but there are also a myriad of health benefits. Houseplants can decrease our stress levels and elevate our mood. Consider adding succulents to your coffee table, begin a small herb garden in your kitchen, or bring a fig tree home to the family room. Want to go big? Gorgeous living walls or vertical gardens are all the rage. 

Natural Flooring

Flooring is a perfect way to bring the outside in, especially with natural materials like hardwood flooring. Bernina Hickory in Flora by Anderson Tuftex showcases the beauty and drama of the natural wood grain. Organic visuals in carpet, like La Sirena in color Biscuit, evokes a feeling of nature with a subtle pattern and earth-tone color pallet.

Style: Anderson Tuftex
Anderson Tuftex


Quality lighting can bring the outside in with ease. Whether you remove outdated window coverings to let the natural light flow in, or replace your lightbulbs with eco-friendly options, lighting is sure to add the natural warmth you desire. For a nature-inspired light fixture, we’re loving this Basket Weave Bamboo Pendant Lamp from World Market.

Color Pallet

Last but not least, paint is an affordable and high impact method to bring the outside in. Whether you select brown-infused earth tones, leafy greens, or sunset golds, paint can provide a powerful backdrop to your outside-inspired décor.

With the beauty of the Pennsylvania outdoor life, we all strive to capture it’s serenity in our homes. Are you inspired and ready to bring the outside into your own home? Visit us at our store location for your complimentary design consultation or schedule a Shop At Home appointment to select your nature-inspired flooring. We can’t wait to help you bring the outside in your home.  

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