By Starr Durrant
The best way to create a “naturally” beautiful space is to incorporate natural elements so here are 12 ways you can bring a bit of the outdoors in. Remember; nature’s palette is diverse so natural decor does not have to be limited to neutral tones.
#1 Rock – The opportunities to incorporate rock in your decor are unlimited offering everything from feature walls, fireplaces, rock climbing walls, granite counter tops to smaller accents like stone carvings and art. If you want to keep it simple; consider putting a few interesting rocks on a shelf, you’ll be amazed at how many of your guests will be drawn to them.
#2 Leather – Leather furniture is a great way to enhance your natural decor and you can find every style, color and price range imaginable. You can use leather for your main living room seating or just add an accent chair. Sometime too much darker leather can make a space feel heavy so add some colored cushions to brighten things up. If you aren’t a fan of leather furniture, consider putting some leather books on a shelf or get funky and pile up some old leather suitcases for a end table.
#3 Wood – Whether its wood flooring, walls, furniture, shelving or accents; wood is a must have element in natural decor design. The options and possibilities are endless. If you aren’t partial to a lot of natural woods incorporate it in your smaller accents like picture frames or give it some paint and brighten things up! This pallet shelf is great example.
#4 Metal – Metals can be a great natural addition to your home decor and furniture and decor accents can range from whimsical to ultra modern. Try to select elements that enhance rather than dominate the space or you can end up with a room that feels more industrial than natural – like a good marriage, it`s all about balance and team work.
#5 Natural Light – There is nothing quite like natural light to brighten up a room and one’s spirits along with it. Try to position your furniture to make the best use of the light coming in taking in to considerations you seating in relation to it – do you want the sunshine directly on your desk or favorite chair or would you prefer it less direct on these pieces of furniture? If you have limited windows, installing sky lights is a great option but expense – an alternative is to use mirrors to reflect the light you have back into the room.
#6 Plants – Try including some herbs or a few well placed plants in your living or dining room. Healthy plants, assuming they don’t overtake a space, are always a winning way to brighten up the room and of course you can’t go wrong with fresh cut flowers!
#7 Fabric & Textiles – Wool, silk, cotton and burlap are just a few examples of ways to add natural textures and color to a room. Whether it is a table runner, blankets, cushions or window coverings; this is your opportunity to make the space your own with personal touches that compliment your decor.
#8 Glass -If you are seeking an open and breezy ambiance then consider incorporating a glass dinning or coffee table. Remember to take into consideration the use of the room and if it you want it to be child friendly this might not be the best option. An alternative is to incorporate it in your decor accents with mirrors, lamps or colorful glass vases.
#9 Brick – Who doesn’t love a brick accent wall? There are so many brick options available so you can easily find the brick that speaks to you!
#10 Fire – Fire is sensual, warm and inviting natural element and maybe the most beautiful of all when framed in a stone fireplace. If a fireplace isn’t for you then candles are a great option with a range of colors, shapes and scents to choose from.
#11 Water – Not everyone can have a pool, create a water fall accent wall or incorporate a fountain in their design but consider a fish bowl or aquarium as an eye catching way to incorporate water into your decor .
#12 Sea shells – Sea shells are beautiful and unique natural elements and they come in an abundance of colors and shapes. Simply add a few shells to a basket, tray or on a shelf for display to create that relaxed ocean ambiance
Hopefully these ideas will inspire you to find ways of bringing the outdoors in and creating a “naturally” beautiful space that will make you and your guest feel welcome and relaxed.
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