Choosing wood, clay, fiber and other earthy, organic home décor is more than a trend. It’s a lifestyle.
As our world becomes increasingly tech-fueled, many people are finding refuge at home in an environment filled with natural and organic materials. There’s something refreshing about stepping inside your front door and leaving the modern world behind for the soothing textures of the earth.
Style experts are seeing a major trend toward natural materials in décor, fixtures and furniture over the past few years, with earthy desires taking firm hold in worldwide decorating and interior design. Going natural is more than just a trend; it’s a lifestyle choice that establishes the tone of your home.
A Natural Evolution
Filling your home with natural, organic elements starts by eliminating things that contrast with the earthy vibe. Plastic, for example, may clash with the natural concept you’re trying to create. Take a walk around your home and evaluate what doesn’t fit. Donate or recycle these items, in the spirit of preserving the earth.
Next, rework the color scheme to ensure it’s 100% natural and gives a soothing feeling from ceiling to floor. While the walls and overall backdrop should be calm in hue, your décor touches can go beyond basic earth tones as long as all colors feel natural, such as terra cotta, sky blue, grass green, sunflower yellow.
Add large elements that complement natural design. Here are a few examples:
● Natural stonework on fireplaces, backsplashes and floors
● Stone slab countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms
● A mantel handcrafted from live-edge wood
● A section of an actual tree used as an end table
● Oversize plants that almost reach the ceiling
● Natural-fiber textured wallpaper, rugs and curtains
● Tall, sculptural lamps made from driftwood
Avoid making the mistake of thinking “natural” means “dirt-colored.” Keeping all your interior design choices in one tone of brown could result in a bland, one-dimensional look. What’s most effective is a blend of wood, stone and other natural textures that offer variety, rather than looking matchy-matchy. Use a spectrum of tones from the lightest slate gray to rich, warm cherry woods. Plants add cheerful pops of bright green.
As your home evolves with organic style, take care to evaluate each new design element that comes through the doors day by day. Ask yourself: Is it natural? Is it soothing? Does it help me feel connected to the earth?
Home design expert Amber Snider recommends thinking of your home as a Zen sanctuary or nature preserve, where certain objects are sacred enough for the space that lets you get back to your roots. “It isn’t just about preserving our natural landscape, but also our human spirit,” she says. “There is a marked shift in the cultural climate, which places higher value on a more earth-based understanding of the world, and in our new technological age we’re finally coming to terms with our predecessors’ negative impact on the environment.”
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