There is a major trend towards nature and the natural look. Using natural materials is not only good from a ecological point of view but gives us the connection to nature with all it’s calming benefits.
In a previous blog I talked about the Scandi vibe. Whilst aiming for a similar relaxing and homely feel the natural look uses a warmer colour palette – think earth tones and terracotta.
Here are five suggestions for how to achieve it.
Paint is of course a very easy and cost effective way to make changes to your home. Dulux have announced their Colour of the Year for 2021 is Brave Ground – a warm, natural neutral which can easily be combined with other colours. Use it with other neutrals for an overall calming feel. Try it with warm shades of red and pink. Or be braver and use it as a backdrop to bolder blues and greens.
Wicker or rattan furniture isn’t just for the conservatory. It can look very stylish and contemporary. Use it in the form of a complete suite to create an exotic jungle vibe with lots of greenery and tropically themed accessories. An individual chair, side table or cabinet also works as a stand alone piece. In a bedroom try a rattan headboard.
There are a variety of flooring types that are made from natural materials. Wool carpet is one example as is wood (look for FSC – Certified sources). Natural fibres such as coir, sisal or seagrass are another option but are not as soft underfoot so are more suited to downstairs living areas rather than bedrooms. Old fashioned lino is back in fashion and is functional and soft under foot. Biodegradable and recyclable, cork is very eco friendly. cork floors are warm, soundproof very soft underfoot and surprisingly hard wearing,
Add depth to a natural scheme with accessories in colours such as terracotta and teal. Wooden bowls or vases are a good choice not only because wood is a natural material but the grain of the wood in any piece will be unique giving interest, and such pieces are also very tactile. Stone is an alternative for vases, lamp bases and ornaments. Use raffia or felt baskets for storage.
A scheme based on the natural look wouldn’t be complete without lots of greenery. Include a mix of large plants in planters on the floor with others positioned on side tables and on shelves. Create a terrarium or hang pot holders made from macrame and have a mix of upright spiky forms and trailing plants.
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