The natural theme has been creeping onto the interior décor scene over the past few months but surely summer is the best possible time to embrace it. Here are some of the hero trademarks of this concept and how to nail it.
Initially, if you don’t want to make too many long-term changes than introduce a variety of prints and patterns into the room. Leaves, flowers and leopard print are filling the shelves at department stores so you shouldn’t struggle to find something to your taste. Clashing is encouraged so don’t try to over coordinate. If your room is a neutral colour the variety of prints will help jazz it up a bit. Depending on how brave you feel you could change the fabric of your blinds or curtains as well as the throws, cushions and even seat covers.
If you feel like buying a couple of new pieces to give your home a breath of fresh air then look no further than a reclaimed wood furniture. It is not only beautiful, but better quality, great for the environment and uses less energy to produce than your regular MDF home build. Especially reclaimed wood dining table is a perfect choice for natural and warm kitchens. If you need further convincing have a read of our post on ‘reclaimed wood – the benefits’. The extra knots and marks on the wood, that had a previous life as a wine cask or shipping crate give them loads of character and are a lot more characterful and friendly than the mass produced stuff we are surrounded by.
If you are up for a complete overhaul and don’t mind donning overhauls and grabbing a paintbrush then fantastic. Choose a simple, subtle colour palette that you can work with whatever the season. By choosing neutrals it means you can alter your furniture or accessories and it will still look fantastic. If you do want to add colours try to stick to muted versions to avoid a pattern and colour overload.
It may sound obvious but introducing a little more fresh greenery into your room is the best quick fix was to give the space a botanical feel. Fresh flowers or plants both soften the environment giving it a much more natural vibe. Just make sure you understand how to look after them, or it could get expensive replacing them.
Try to be brave and use a mixture of textures. Not only in the materials but within the canvases you hang, the vases and accessories too. The key to tickng every ‘natural’ box is to fully understand the theme. If you think about your garden; a mixture of colours, textures with something to look at in every direction. That is what you’re trying to recreate, but a simpler subtler version.
Another trait of this concept is items that look slightly shabby chic furniture and ‘cottagey’. The best way to achieve this look is to get your glue gun and make your own finishing touches. Don’t be scared by this. Attempt a candleholder or something small first and soon you’ll be working up to your own hand sewn cushions or hand painted canvases’.