There's nothing better than being able to step out your door and relax in the sunshine in your garden during the summer. But if you don't have a garden, you can miss out on the fresh feel it offers during the warmer season.
This isn't to say that you can't add a hint of a garden to your home, though. There are plenty of ways to bring a touch of the outside in and create a brighter, airier space inside your house.
One of the best ways to do this is to introduce more green to your home. You can do this in a number of ways, but here are a few of our favourites:
Create an indoor herb garden
Not only does a herb garden add a touch of green to your house, it also means you'll have access to delicious fresh herbs that you can use in food and drink.
You don't need to dedicate a lot of space to your herb garden, as you can put it almost anywhere indoors so long as the plants get access to sunlight and you remember to water them regularly. However, your kitchen windowsill is a great option and will mean the herbs are easy to access when you're cooking.
Herbs can either be stored in individual pots - you can use the ones they come in or move them to matching pots that suit your kitchen - or in a long pot so they can all be planted together. Just be sure each herb has enough space in order to keep them all healthy.
Introduce stylish succulents
Even those who aren't particularly green-fingered can easily look after succulents as they require very little care. They also look great, as there are so many different types to choose from and each has an interesting and unique look.
Combining different types of succulents together will introduce various shades of green and a number of textures into a space, so you can create a really effective display.
Why not plant your succulents in a glass pot and store on your coffee table? This will result in a really effective centrepiece. Alternatively, follow the most recent trend and pop succulents in glass terrariums. These glass containers look brilliant and incredibly interesting but also introduce a microclimate that can really help your succulents thrive.
Create window boxes
You may not have a garden, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy looking at plants through your windows. Make the most of the outdoor space you have by fitting window boxes and filling them with gorgeously bright plants and flowers.
These will look great when they are in bloom and will mean you can easily add more colour to your home while also brightening up the exterior or your house or apartment.
If you want to add a practical element, you can even use them to plant herbs or vegetables, meaning they do more than look great. Whatever you choose to plant in your window boxes, make sure they are fitted securely so the wind or bad weather don't make them come loose.
If you really don't have a good track record with plants, add other green touches to your home instead. This is probably the easiest option, as you can add anything green at all, whether it's fake plants or glass.
You can even use home fragrance items that look and smell green to really freshen up your home for the summer. Our Lamorna, Alpine, Wild Lemongrass and Green Tea and Grapefruit scents are all great choices and each come in stunning packaging with green elements.