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Bringing the Outside In: How to Incorporate Natural Elements in Your Home Décor

Jun 28, 2023

Interior Design

neutral toned, natural designed dining room with wooden dining set

In recent years, natural elements have found their way into just about every interior design style, and for good reason. It’s fun, rewarding, and stylish to blur the line between inside and outside, especially during the summer months when Mother Nature gives us so much inspiration to work with. When it comes to helping your home feel fresh and inviting, you can’t go wrong with incorporating a few natural elements. Why? Because nature is always right. Check out these tips from the design team at Star Furniture to enhance any space in your home with the best of nature.

Introduce an Earthy Color Palette

If you want to design living spaces that have all the visual appeal and personality of nature, playing with color combinations that you’d find outdoors is a good place to start. Of course, this can leave a wide range of options to choose from. For instance, a tropical vibe might be created using bold jewel tones and pops of color. On the other hand, a tranquil bedroom might be brought to life by playing with the sand-and-surf shades of soft blues and subtle tans. Not sure which colors would work well together? Copy the color combinations you see on a plant, landscape, or other natural feature you admire.

Explore Organic, Textured Upholstery

Look at any natural location and you’re sure to notice the same thing; they’re made up of a neutral backdrop that’s adorned with pops of color and texture. The same should be true for your upholstered furnishings. When choosing a sofa, chair, or even bedding, it’s a good idea to start with a neutral foundation, such as cream, tan, or brown. From there, you can introduce patterns, colors, and textures that are inspired by nature. Throw pillows are an easy accessory that can bring in bright florals, geometric patterns, or even natural woven fabrics. The result will replace your ordinary throw pillows with eye-catching bouquets for your sofa, chairs, or bed.

Choose On-Trend Wood Finishes

There’s no question that traditional wood finishes are lovely and pristine, but for contemporary designers and fashion-forward homeowners, new wood furniture that’s made to look vintage or reclaimed is the way to go. This trend is here to say. It’s actually timeless! Rustic and natural woods imbue your space with a natural laid-back vibe. Everyone feels at home. At Star, we can help you make this look your own with our extensive selection of Hooker Big Sky furniture that combines modern flair with natural charm.

Incorporate Natural Mixed Media

Another here-to-stay design trend that can help your living spaces mesh modern style with natural features is mixed media. Furniture doesn’t have to be crafted in one material. Those days are gone. Today, popular furniture designs often combine wood, fabric, glass and metal into single pieces. In today’s fast-paced modern world, furniture and decorating styles that reference nature in materials and inspiration are calming and restorative. It’s all about a thoughtful mix.

Blend in Nature-Inspired Artwork

The artwork that you choose to display in your home can have a tremendous impact on the way your home looks and feels. With this in mind, highlighting subject matter that’s relevant to the natural world is a simple way to incorporate the things you love about nature in your own personal space. Luckily, this can be accomplished in countless ways. Whether you bring in a piece of original art, a reproduced print, black and white fine photography art, or some other wall hanging, choose a piece that embraces the colors, shapes, or images of nature. These artful synergies support your decorating style with personality and authenticity.

Enjoy a Natural Glow

Let’s face it. Natural light can make any room instantly look better, but is especially welcome when you’re seeking to embody the best of the natural world. The good news is that replicating the “golden hour” that makes spending time outdoors feel special and relaxing is simple. Start by keeping the windows of your home free of obstructions that could block sunlight from pouring in, such as bulky furniture or heavy window treatments. Likewise, minimize harsh lighting options as much as possible and replace them with warm alternatives, such as table lamps, wall sconces, pendants, and chandeliers. You won’t believe how homey and welcoming your house will feel by simply changing the way you illuminate it.

Bring the Outside In – Literally!

While the color palette, furniture, and upholstery you choose to bring into a room will provide a lovely backdrop for your family’s everyday activities and special moments to unfold, it’s the little details that you use to accent each room that will help your house feel like a home. When it comes to decorating a home inspired by nature, what better place to look than the great outdoors? Decorating with items found outside is a simple and cost-effective way to create one-of-a-kind spaces that emphasize nature’s beauty. From stones found by the river or dried flowers picked from the yard to dramatic branches placed in a vase or cotton sprigs arranged in a wreath, nearly anything found outside can be repurposed to create the perfect focal point or accent the rooms in your home.

Design a Down-to-Earth Space with Star

You don’t have to go on a hike or lay by the beach to enjoy the beauty and atmosphere of spending time outdoors. By incorporating natural elements through furniture, accessories, and home decor, you can feel like you live in your own personal oasis. At Star Furniture, our trusted design team can help you bring the outdoors in naturally. It starts with a visit to a Star showroom or website to browse furniture inspired by the natural world for every room in your home, including rustic bedroom furniture, natural upholsteries, and accessories inspired by the outdoors. We look forward to helping you elevate every room in your home with pieces from the natural world.

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