Interior ideas inspired by nature
Having a garden room or conservatory in your home is often a terrific bonus when it comes to adding to your living spaces. Filled with light, if you have attractive views across a garden so much the better. However, it must be said that even if this is not the case, you can still make the most of nature’s bounty by letting it influence your home décor. There are some great ways of doing this, so here are a few tips to get you started.
Some of the best interior design ideas can be inspired by your home’s location. For example, if you’re lucky enough to live in a coastal town or village, you can “borrow from the sea”, incorporating shells, driftwood, smooth pebbles and even nautical themes into your decorating ideas. In fact, there are many locations near rivers, ponds or lakes where you can borrow a little inspiration for water-themed decorating.
Designers looking for a finish that reflects the natural world often seek out different types of wood for floors and ceilings or a variety of stone styles for key features, such as fireplaces. Among the popular trends for homes in 2016 is using green plants around the home to bring the outside inside. You can create an awesome effect by mixing plants with striking architectural shapes, such as palms and yuccas, with smaller species that have softer shapes for windowsills and shelves. For an added touch of colour, the African violet is a lovely species, with velvety heart-shaped leaves.
If you’re keen on natural themes, you may also want to look for fabrics or wallpapers that have interesting floral patterns, or that focus on bird life. There are many very pretty patterns around today, and if you use them creatively, you’ll be amazed at the result. You don’t have to experience a throwback to the era of endless chintz in the process. Instead, look for oversized blooms and bright, bold colours. Throws and cushions with floral or bird motifs will brighten up plain, neutral furniture and add a touch of elegance to your interiors.
Let the sunshine in
Flooding your home with natural daylight is almost as good as having a sunroom. To make the most of your windows and doors, avoid heavy curtains and overcomplicated window dressings. Instead, take advantage of the clean, simple lines of classic wooden shutters and the fact that they can help you control natural daylight, noise and privacy. You can choose from a range of shutter styles and they are suitable to use in any type of space, from a quaint cottage to a contemporary loft. They can be made to order, so even if you have unusual window shapes, you can still make them work.
Get crafty with cupboards
One part of your home that truly reflects your natural creativity is your craft room or space. This is where you can make the most of your talents to upcycle and recycle materials so that you have a brilliantly customised workspace and storage area. In keeping with your natural theme, you can reupholster a chair in one of your favourite floral fabrics or add some cushions to an old wicker sofa. Woven baskets or boxes made from plaited willow twigs for storing items also look much nicer on your shelves and in your cupboards than the plastic alternatives.
If you love to make your own artworks, you can easily produce framed dried flowers that will brighten up your home and give you a permanent connection to nature. First, pick the blooms you want to press while you’re out for a stroll. To press them, you can use a flower press; however, if you don’t have one, a heavy book is just as good. Simply pop each flower between two pages, close the book and leave them to dry out completely. This normally takes about two weeks. A piece of fabric can be used for the backing to your frame – linen is a good choice. A touch of spray adhesive will hold your flowers in place on the linen, then add glass at the front and your homemade exhibition is ready to hang!
Even if you don’t have a garden room or conservatory, you can still add truly natural touches to the living spaces in your home. Bring the garden indoors, invite Mother Nature to boost your home décor ideas, and make the most of your own creative instincts and you won’t go far wrong.