Tranquil and blissful
IT is at this time of year when I really start to get in touch with nature.
There is nothing quite like a beautiful spring day, when the sun is shining, the flowers are in bloom and the weather is starting to get just that little bit warmer!
It often takes a day like this for us to realise just how influential Mother Nature can be on our moods and actually our style too! Interior design, including natural elements within a scheme, can help to bring calm and tranquillity to a home.
An au natural interior should bring together a selection of textures, materials and colours that reflect the great outdoors. This is a trend that will never go out of fashion, has longevity and appeals to any taste.
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Often when you talk of a natural interiors scheme, our minds automatically jump to visions of a neutral décor consisting of shades of stone grey and taupe.
While this colour palette will be appealing to many, especially those looking to create a calm, minimalist ambience, a natural scheme doesn't have to look this way.
If you go to your window now you will see that nature is actually a million miles away from plain beige and grey and there is colour bursting from every angle.
Providing it's a nice day, there may be pure blue from the sky, green from the trees or grass and a range of bright colours and pastel shades from flowers.
Even if you are thinking of applying a neutral colour scheme, you can bring it to life with splashes of zesty green, fuchsia pink or for a more subtle look, feminine pastels.
You may even want to consider applying a neutral base paint and then creating a feature wall using wallpaper patterned with flowers, trees or birds to bring a sense of the outdoors, indoors.
These patterns can also be introduced through cushions, throws or rugs and can be changed during the winter months when you may be looking to provide the space with a slightly different look and feel.
When thinking about materials, using wood is an ideal way to introduce a sense of nature into your home.
The current trend for Scandinavian furniture reflects this trend well, with tables and chairs consisting of simple wooden structures.
Scandinavian design has taken the interiors world by storm and it remains popular due to its fuss-free appearance, which focuses purely on materials and craftsmanship.
There is no need to keep wood just to the bedroom and living areas — it looks great in bathrooms too! We all need a place to relax and unwind at the end of the hard day, and for many of us the bathroom is now the room in the home we turn too.
Nothing washes your stresses away quite like a long, hot soak in the bath. Introducing wooden bathroom furniture and vanity units will bring an organic, tranquil feel to your bathroom and set the scene for a relaxing space.
Wood is a great way of introducing character and texture into a contemporary bathroom.
A plain, white gloss sanitary ware suite, with a neutral décor can often lack in personality, but incorporating wooden elements brings a touch of warmth and depth to the space.
Stone is another material associated with the outdoors and the easiest way to introduce it into the home is in the form of tiles.
When holidaying abroad in a warm climate you will notice that the flooring throughout a property is tiled. We are not quite there yet, but tiles are a practical and stylish addition for the kitchen, bathroom and hallway. The beauty of stone tiles is that they look at home in both a contemporary and traditional setting.
While natural stone tiles will look lovely on the shelf and when they are first laid, they can be hard work to maintain and may not necessarily provide you with the strength and protection you need, particularly if you are using them as flooring. It is still possible to achieve a natural look by applying a porcelain tile with a natural effect.
In many cases, technology is applied to achieve a replication that has a similar appearance and texture, but is easier to maintain, is highly durable and does not require sealing.
Get in touch with nature this spring and allow your home to have a sense of the outdoors. An au natural scheme will leave your home with a feeling of blissful tranquillity.