8 Creative Ways to Decorate your Home with Natural Elements
Smart homes are a growing trend that has gone from button-press alarm systems to humanoid android maids, but does that mean that we have strayed too far away from nature? Not really, bringing nature into the interior is still one of the greatest design ambitions. This is because the presence of natural elements indoors brings a sensation of serenity and balance that no piece of tech, regardless of how fascinating it is, can replace. If you too are drawn by this incredible décor style, here are a few ways to introduce it into your home.
Use brick for pattern
A natural construction material made of clay, mud, and water, brick has a unique design appeal that can’t be compared with anything else. Forget about patterned wallpaper, use a brick to create a uniform pattern and a gorgeous backdrop for industrial décor. You can leave it in its natural state and combine it with exposed pipes and metallic accents or add a splash of color over it to leave the pattern visible but its natural color was hidden.
Exposed stone is a great way of decorating indoor walls because it provides the earthy vibe you’re aiming for, intense texture, easy maintenance and excellent sound absorption. Besides, stone is very versatile, and you can use different types (e.g. limestone, slate, coral stone and sandstone) that can match your overall décor and preference.
One of the most appealing natural elements you can use in your home, wood brings unparalleled warmth into any space. There are various ways to introduce wood into your home: from hardwood floors to ceiling beams and windows. And since wood often symbolizes welcome, interior timber doors are also a great idea. Just as stone, wood is very versatile, and various tones can be incorporated into various design styles (e.g. pale goes well with Scandinavian, while dark tones go better with rustic or classic décor).
Wooden furniture is appealing, not only because of its durability but also because it is a style statement. You can use it in simple forms and clean lines, or truly accentuate its presence by opting for artisan-crafted furniture. Antique wooden pieces bring the sense of nostalgia, while wooden accessories add personality to any space.
The good old clay
Clay has been used by men for thousands of years, and lately, it has made its big comeback into our bathrooms. This should be no surprise knowing the old connection between clay and water. From water dispensing products to bathroom accessories, this material overwhelms the space even when introduced in tiniest details. You can introduce it in the other rooms of the house through vases to side tables.
Play the sustainability card
Bringing natural elements indoors has a lot to do with respect to nature, and one way of showing respect to Mother Nature certainly is by taking care of its resources. This means not cutting new trees every time we need a piece of furniture, but trying to recycle and repurpose some old ones instead. This way two chairs can be converted into French bench, a bookshelf can become a bar, etc.
One of the most typical ways of “naturalizing” your home décor is introducing houseplants. Every room can benefit from air-purifying and design enhancing plants – from palm trees in the beachy living room to succulents in dark and moist bathrooms. If you’re searching for a fresh approach to this ancient décor move you can even install a green wall with herbs in your kitchen and have the perks of fresh herbs for your meals at your reach.
Let the sun in
Nothing in nature would thrive if there wasn’t for sun, so don’t deprive your home of this precious source of light and warmth. Besides, sunlight can put focus on certain architectural features and make an entire space liven up. If your windows are not large enough, and you can’t afford expansion right now, consider using sheer curtains instead of heavy drapes, or leaving the windows bare.
You can never go wrong with bringing one (or all) of these elements into your home, because everything can change, but nature can never go out of style.