Bringing life and nature into your home is a design trend that is here to stay. Going green and trying to have an eco-friendly home is more than just a design choice, it’s a way of life.
This natural design is all about combining inside and outside spaces, as well as mixing traditional and modern elements but giving them a surprising twist with nature-inspired details.
Of course, we can’t go on without mentioning that the great thing about this trend is that it can transform any luxury home and give it a natural feel.
If you aim to bring your home closer to nature, check out all of the ways to easily do so.
- Natural light
The simplest thing that can transform almost any space is light, especially natural light. There is nothing as powerful as natural light. The best of all is that it doesn’t require much work, all you have to do is remove all the heavy curtains and window treatments from your windows to make sure that the light comes into your home.
Natural light has the power of making any space feel bright and airy and not to mention bigger. A brightly lit room is inviting and cozy. It boosts your productivity and improves your mood.
In case your room lacks enough windows to create that unique atmosphere only a well-lit room gives off, don’t worry, there is a solution for you, too. You can easily double the amount of natural light with reflective surfaces such as mirrors, high-gloss or mirrored furniture. All you have to do is strategically place mirrors or furniture to allow sunlight to reflect off of them and in that way brighten up your space.
- Incorporate natural or recycled materials
If your main goal is to bring as much nature as possible into your home, think about incorporating natural or recycled materials. Since sustainability is on-trend now, and in addition to that sustainability will allow you to reduce your carbon footprint on our planet, why not give it a try? Maybe you’re worried about the quality and look of sustainable materials?
You don’t have to worry about that. Just because something is sustainable or reclaimed, it doesn’t mean that it has to look cheap. You’d be surprised by the elegant and modern look of many sustainable materials.
Take for example natural stones, they come in a wide variety of types, colors, and even patterns. You can choose from granite, marble, travertine, ceramic, and so on. Think about marble or granite countertops for your kitchen. You can go for popular terrazzo or beautiful porcelain tiles for your terrace or hallway, bathroom, or wherever you see fit.
Reclaimed or bamboo wood as an option for flooring or furniture. Reclaimed wood is ideal for you if your style is masculine and if you like industrial design, or maybe even shabby chic. It’s also ideal for eco-friendly homes since it’s a multipurpose material.
When it comes to bamboo – it’s a versatile material ideal for pretty much anything in your home – from flooring to décor pieces. And this is just scratching the surface with all the other natural materials out there.
- Natural and sustainable textiles
We can’t talk about natural décor and interior design without mentioning textiles. It’s not a real home if it’s not cozy, and a cozy home consists of many details such as curtains, rugs, pillows, blankets, table runners, and so on.
To bring your home closer to nature choose sustainable textiles such as wool, linen, silk, leather, cotton, and many more.
The ideal way to give your luxury home a natural feel is by choosing leather furniture. Leather is a good way to make any space feel luxurious, sophisticated, and elegant. The clean lines of leather furniture give it a nice look, not to mention that leather furniture is very comfortable.
Apart from furniture, you can add other leather details through your home. Leather frames, leather handles, and drawer pulls are very popular as well.
Jute or wool rugs are always popular as well. You also can never go wrong with cotton and linen fabrics for interior décor.
- Furniture and décor materials
Here is where you have a ton of different options. We already mentioned bamboo and reclaimed wood as possible furniture options that are bound to give your home that natural feel, but there is more.
Rattan and wicker furniture is not only meant to go to your patio or balcony, you can bring it to the inside of your home as well. There are some amazing rattan and wicker furniture options for your bedrooms, living rooms, and even kitchens. In addition to those wicker baskets that you use as decorative pieces for your rooms, now your furniture can be made of these materials, too.
Metals such as iron are also a good idea when it comes to decorating your home. Iron in interior design doesn’t always have to be strictly masculine or tied to the industrial design. Iron in your home gives off a strong and bold feel and it pairs nicely with reclaimed wood.
- Organic shapes in the interior
Many contemporary designs like to play around with organic shapes – which is where we get the organic design. Natural shapes or better yet the imitation of natural shapes can give any space welcoming and cozy vibes.
There are at least three popular organic shapes that appear in interior design quite often nowadays and they are inspired by rocks, leaves, and branches.
We can see many coffee tables in the shape of rocks, even some rugs can be made to resemble rocks. When it comes to leaves, we can see many décor pieces made in the shape of leaves. And branch-inspired furniture pieces and chandeliers are quite on-trend right now.
This organic design is a great way of bringing the outdoors in.
- Color scheme
Another way to give your home a natural feel is by simply changing the color scheme. Nothing is more impactful than a change of color palette in your home. All you need to do is change your current color palette into something more earthy and natural.
This doesn’t only imply painting your walls, it can also mean incorporating fabrics of earthy tones and colors from cushions to rugs and everything in between.
Of course, painting your walls will be more effective and the change will be much more noticeable, but if you don’t want to mess with current wall paint, only change your décor color. Another option would be installing wallpapers – of course, nature-inspired ones.
You can literally change the décor throughout the whole house including the kitchen and bathroom. Some of the most popular nature-inspired color palettes include colors such as green, brown, blue, gray, and burnt orange, to name a few.
- Indoor plants
Plants are the most obvious choice when it comes to decorating your home with natural elements. There is no better way to give your home a more natural feel than bringing plants in. Plants are not only a great decorative piece but are also very beneficial to our health.
Indoor plants purify the air, making it cleaner. Clean air means better concentration, mood, and increased productivity.
As a decor, plants are pretty inexpensive yet effective. They can make any room feel livelier, greener, and overall cozier. And what’s even better is that there are plants for everyone.
If you have a green thumb and taking care of plants is something you love doing, there are all kinds of plants for you from small ones to huge tree-like plants.
And on the other hand, if you lack the space or you have trouble keeping a plant alive, there are many easy-to-maintain plants that don’t take much space and still give the natural feel to your rooms.
- Natural details
The devil is in the details, and when it comes to interior design this couldn’t be more true. If you’ve already made all the other changes to your home, it’s now time to add the finishing touches.
These finishing touches are all about creating moments and vignettes in your rooms, using décor pieces such as knick-knacks, flowers, books, paintings, and so on. Adding these finishing details can be fun and creative since it’s all about playing around with different objects, grouping them together, and finding the right place for them.
Of course, here too, you can add a touch of nature. Create centerpieces with fresh flowers, add seashells as wall décor, add feathers to your arrangements, for example, the very popular pampas grass is always a good choice. Rattan baskets, nature-inspired knick-knacks, natural textiles and so much more can be used as decorative pieces in your home.
Today, you can easily come closer to nature even if you live in an urban area. Blurring the lines between inside and outside has never been easier. There are so many different options and possibilities when it comes to interior design.
Natural design and sustainability are two things that go hand in hand these days. In only a couple of steps, you can create a nature-inspired oasis in your home by using sustainable materials that will help you reduce the carbon footprint on our planet.