Natural accessories are, well, a natural, in nature inspired rooms like a sunroom or garden room. They also fit in perfectly in a room with rustic appeal, and nearly any room that features natural materials, like wood and stone, can be made more appealing with accessories that come from Mother Nature. Themed rooms, such as those with a beach motif or garden inspired design, can also be made more beautiful with the addition of natural accents. You don’t have to spend your money on decorative accents like a scroll wall grille, southwestern metal wall artwork or wrought iron door toppers to create a beautiful room.
Here are some tips for decorating naturally.
Draw Inspiration from Nature The overall decor of the room can dictate the choice of natural accessories. For example, a room that features an abundance of natural wood and stone can look more alive and inviting with the addition of green plants. Plants with trailing habits look wonderful tucked on top of high pieces of furniture or inside bookshelves so that the vines tumble down from above. Live and dried flower arrangements are also another natural touch that adds subtle color and texture. Seashells, sand dollars, driftwood and starfish are natural accompaniments to a beach style room, while a shabby chic garden style room can be accented with plants, flowers, landscape and garden theme wall art and even a weathered tool box filled with vintage garden tools.
Natural Fabrics & Materials In a nature inspired room, natural fabrics look more apropos than synthetics; choose from organic cotton, bamboo, linen, sisal, wicker and jute. From area rugs to window treatments and upholstery, natural fiber and fabric accessories will add texture. Natural fibers and fabrics, as well as other natural materials like cork, stone, wood and terra cotta create a neutral color palette. To brighten the room, add brightly colored accents, such as fresh flowers and painted wicker furniture. Left in its natural state or painted in classic white, wicker can be adorned with boldly colored pillows and cushions; or it can be painted in a bold shade of yellow or green to brighten up a room.
Using “Found” Materials as Accessories Items found in nature are not only uniquely beautiful, they are free and add a wonderful organic quality to any room. Pine cones can be displayed in a basket beside a fireplace or dip them in scented wax and used them as fire starters. Driftwood, seashells and other items collected at the beach can be displayed in bowls or hurricanes with candles. Small branches can be displayed in vases to add structure to a room in the dead of winter; or force early blooming flowering shrubs and trees like forsythia, quince and cherry blossoms and let a room burst into spring. Simple touches, like a creative arrangement of smooth river rock or an Amaryllis in bloom in December, are nature’s gifts that keep your home in step with the seasons and eternally fresh and inviting. From acorns to wildflowers, every season offers something new and beautiful to adorn your home.