Natural Interiors: Give the interior of your home a boost the natural way by creating an eco-friendly environment. Nature-inspired hues, earthy textures, natural fiber furnishings and accents are all that’s required!
written by DebD
Create a Natural Interior by Following These Steps
The merging of natural and organic elements in the home is nothing new. For generations people have desired a serene ambience based on earthy essentials. Here are five ideals that will inspire you to get your natural groove on without breaking the bank, while also widening your sustainable living etiquette.
1. Transfer the Artistry of Nature Inside With Wood
Wood is a remarkable natural element. It’s versatile and blessed with an array of attributes. From exquisite patterns to amazing finishes, natural woods–like mahogany, pine, oak, walnut, maple and more–add warmth and beauty to any interior. Due to the various finishes and grains attributed to wood, furniture pieces look unique and floor designs like Herringbone and Chevron emanate a commanding influence. What’s more, finished wood flawlessly imitate lustrous marble; however, wood that is left to its natural imperfections is just as effective. In addition, wood is found in every price range. Even reclaimed wood from old warehouses, barns, and factories has its own magnificent appeal. If your goal is to create a natural interior, wood is a great way to start.
2. Light, Bright, and Natural
Light is a natural component that illuminates and enhances the ambiance of any space. Natural lighting can emit modest tones or burst with brilliant rays from a skylight or large window. Did you know that natural light is able to eradicate bacteria that harbors in dark, moist spaces? Moreover, natural illumination visually metamorphoses smaller spaces into larger ones. Likewise, don’t underestimate the natural effect of lighted candles. Not only do they enhance a room’s visibility, candles have an amorous appeal as well.
3. Create a Natural Balance With Greenery
A natural interior is incomplete without greenery. Taking advantage of the natural beauty verdure bestows is a complementary step to achieving a natural interior. Kitchens are a fantastic place to start. Growing herbs on a windowsill or kitchen table where natural light can stimulate growth is ideal. In addition, an indoor herb garden offers the benefits of salubriously refreshing aromas. Houseplants in any room will help create a natural environment that is not only pleasing to the eye, but healthy for indoor environments as well.
Undoubtedly, you’ve probably heard about the house plant’s ability to remove harmful compounds from the air via a process known as phytoremediation. Indoor plants performs this process by soaking up gases through their leaves and roots resulting in purer air quality and an overall healthier environment. Indoor plants are also known for reducing dust amounts by up to 20 percent. Even outdoor plants assist by absorbing contaminants from the air, dirt, and water.
Though any house plant will help to clean the air, studies show that spider plants are especially adept at environmental asepsis. They are capable of removing roughly 90 percent of the potentially cancer-causing agent formaldehyde from the atmosphere.
4. Create a Natural Decor With Diverse Organic Materials
Natural fabrics are an important addition for natural interiors. Linens, cottons, and burlap are three of the most popular. For example, if you are the creative type, try using burlap wrapped around plant pots as a unique decoration. Tie Vichy cotton around the middle for extra appeal. A solid-colored linen sofa becomes striking with cotton accent pillows in complementary shades and prints. Additional organic materials include seagrass, which is great for runner rugs, and flatweave eco-cotton. Natural fibers like linen and wool are completely adaptable to most decors and work well with organic dyes.
5. Introduce Elemental Highlights
Interiors designed around a biophilic philosophy are instinctively adorned with natural elements like minerals, stones, plants, water, and soil. For instance, water has a calming effect and many biophilic enthusiasts install small waterfalls or objects with running water to re-create a soothing effect. Feng Shui concepts are also conducive to natural indoor themes with tremendous benefits. Harmonizing Feng-Shui concepts include clearing clutter and placing furniture in particular settings and positions. A Bagua or energy map of your home’s interior will generate a pleasant flow throughout and help to sustain health and positivism.
Arranging the interior of your home around natural concepts is worth every bit of time it takes to get it right. Your environment becomes healthier and others benefit from your eco-friendly sustainability approach as well. Remember less is more. It’s a process that requires more than visual appeal. It’s a way of living and thinking!