Whether you consider yourself an outdoorsy person or simply find being in the presence of nature fulfilling, bringing the aesthetics of the wild into your interior design can be remarkably fulfilling. Some choose to host a few house plants, filling their windows and shelves with dense greenery, while others seek to design a living space that is deeply enriched with organic materials and even the absence of modern embellishments.
If you’re fond of natural timber, enjoy the presence of floral designs, and revel in an abundance of sunshine, then we’ve got five nature-inspired designs that are perfect for your home.
Wallpaper fell out of trend a few years ago, with homes preferring the minimalist paintwork of Scandinavian inspired living spaces. While these designs have their appeal, they do little to celebrate nature. As such, wallpaper is making something of a return.
Single walls are now being given new life with statement wallpapers. Bold and charismatic designs, especially vintage floral, or cottagecore, designs are being celebrated, balancing out previously understated designs, and transforming living spaces.
A homeowner can occupy one’s garden space, or choose to replace the garden shed, with their own log cabin. By doing so, the utility of outdoor space changes, no longer being limited by the weather forecast. Residents can enjoy a natural space throughout the year, whether it is used as a social room, dining area, or even a professional office.
This versatility is why more homes are seeking to buy log cabins, being able to extend their nature-inspired interior design into their gardens too.
For a home to truly feel like a natural space, it must echo the colours of the wild. This means choosing paints and materials that would not be out of place on the sea shore or in the forest. Be sure to work with greens and blues, as well as creams and browns, balancing each room with natural embellishments. Blue rooms, for example, can evoke images of water and, as such, pair well with nautical-inspired design.
Light & Air
Natural design, or biophilic design, is underpinned by two essential qualities: light and air. For a home to feel truly a part of nature, it needs to welcome natural light and encourage a generous flow of air. As such, homes should consider designing their spaces with large windows, ones that not only welcome a great amount of natural light but can also be opened to generate an elegant and controlled breeze through the home.
Natural homes aren’t solely about the presence of wild elements but also the absence of digital distractions. While no home can be without its gadgets, efforts can be made to obscure or altogether hide electronic devices.
Some homes, for example, are embracing smart technology to improve their living spaces, concealing wireless chargers beneath wooden surfaces while others embrace retractable plugs in their kitchens, enabling sockets to be revealed on demand and then, when not in use, hidden from the decor.