Nature inspired or West Coast inspired home decorating is making a big comeback with a return to home decor that includes nature based colours and recycled, sustainable materials.
This style of home decor takes its cue from nature, which also means a commitment of using Eco-friendly materials and not just rolling on a coat of willow green paint and throwing a sisal area rug on the floor. Most especially for home decorators wishing to move away from fussy, modern or formal interior design, it can be hard to figure out where to begin or which natural elements to build your décor design around.
Organic Decor Requires Neutral Elements
Start with a neutral colour palate for the space; soothing sandy beige, warm based taupe or soft dreamy green creates the perfect backdrop for nature inspired décor and accent pieces. Popular nature inspired decorator colours for this year include celadon, amber, sky blue, terra cotta, sunshine yellow, grassy green and warm dove gray. Sage green, rich ecru and warm taupe are also highly versatile colors and blend easily with wood, glass, metal and a wide range of fabrics.
With a neutral foundation, start layering and building by adding linen slip covered furniture, rich wood accent pieces, sisal and pure wool area rugs in rich botanical patterns, and house plants and greenery.
Weathered, earthy, reclaimed and rustic materials work well in a natural or organic home décor such as copper, bronze, wood, wicker, glass, stone and then soften the room with linen, wool, raw silk and natural cotton fabrics. Choose furniture and home decorating accents that blend easily into a natural décor design and offers an appealing and distinctive charm.
Essential Elements of Natural Style Interior Design
- Cork, bamboo and wood flooring
- Linen and natural cotton bedding and draperies
- Natural, untreated wood furniture and accessories
- Wicker, willow and rattan accent furniture pieces
- Accents and accessories that incorporate grasses, rocks, wood, glass, and twigs
Imperfect Items Make Perfect Home Accent Accessories
During shopping trips, watch out for pieces that are delightfully flawed with pits and knots in the wood, vintage patina on the metal or the quirkiness of hand painted mosaic tiles. Also, try to include a few antique pieces that are either family heirlooms or flea market finds that follow up the reuse and re-purpose mentality of organic decorating.
Choose natural fabrics that have unique slubs and interesting uniqueness that complement the larger furniture pieces and add natural beauty to the newly decorated space. One of the distinctive aspects of natural decorating is that if pieces are chosen carefully, and the room is designed with ease in mind; the finished look should become more comfortable, charming and naturally beautiful as it ages.