06.06.19 | Home Interior Design
Make your home naturally beautiful!
One of the most popular design trends these ways is bringing the outdoors inside. In search of a natural look, homeowners and designers alike are bringing design elements found outdoors and incorporating them throughout home interior design spaces.
This is being achieved in a variety of ways and through the use of several different types of materials. The beauty of using natural…well, beauty…is that there are countless finishes, tones and textures that allow for endless design opportunities.
There is something very charming and cozy about taking natural pieces such as wood and stone and embedding them in your home (or even commercial or retail space). It not only helps create a wonderful aesthetic, but the calm it seems to provide is conducive to happiness, comfort and, if used in a business setting, employee morale.
There are many different options when it comes to selecting outdoor elements you can use in your home interior design, and we will take a look at a few of those here.
Rocks and stones
One of the more popular outdoor materials used in home interior design today is rocks or stones. It doesn’t get much more natural than this, and they provide a great deal of design flexibility.
Rocks and stones can be used to create entire walls, and can also serve as excellent accent pieces behind entertainment devices or around fireplaces. Rocks and stones add a powerful dynamic to any room or space, and they can easily serve as showcases for a design.
We mentioned versatility when it comes to rocks and stones. That not only applies to their usage options but also their shape, size and look. A stone or rock’s appearance helps dictate the overall look, feel and tone of a room. For example, darker and more rough rocks and stones portray a more rustic environment, while lighter stones can even lend themselves to a coastal appearance, especially when paired with other specific elements.
Adding plants and flowers to your design not only brings the outdoors in, but also gives your room or space natural pops of color that, when done correctly, perfectly compliment the design without detracting from the look or other aspects of the décor.
For example, using plants in conjunction with other natural elements such as wood or stone tends to create beautiful design pieces. Also, much like rocks and stones, plants offer a tremendous amount of versatility. Available in all sizes — both height and diameter — and with different shades of green and various leaf sizes and patterns, plants can also help dictate the look and feel of a room. They can also be used in just about any space to contribute to or finalize a design.
In addition to their visual appeal, plants offer other benefits as well. Plants help stimulate oxygen production and also aid in removing pollution from the air. As you might imagine, these are both tremendous health benefits. Natural plants are also shown to alleviate stress.
Other than plants (even though many people use artificial greenery in their spaces), the most common outdoor “ingredient used in home interior design is wood. There are dozens of types of woods that are frequently used for home interior design purposes, with each helping to achieve a unique look and feel.
More than just the types of wood used, the way in which it is presented can also vary. Wood looks great in its natural state, but can also be stained or painted to work within any style, theme or décor.
As is the case with rocks, stones and plants, wood is extremely versatile. It can be used to create any emotion you’d want in a design space. This is done through wood selection, color, finish, and how it is paired with other elements. We could list all the options but it’s easier to just say would can help achieve nearly any home interior design objective.
The options for wood are truly endless. It can be used as flooring, walls, accent walls and pieces, furniture, shelves…the list goes on and on.
This application can be a bit more complex and costly — not to mention challenging for a do-it-yourselfer — but introducing water into a home, room or space as a design element is both beautiful and peaceful.
This is often achieved through waterfalls or glass walls, in which the water appears behind a panel of glass and trickles or flows at different speeds and volumes.
This natural incorporation is not as common as wood, rocks, stone and plants, but when executed properly and paired with other design elements it can make an incredible impact on a room’s look and feel.
While shells certainly don’t provide the versatility of the other natural materials we discussed, they are a wonderful addition that help establish a look and feel for specific design styles. There may be a few exceptions but, not surprisingly, for the most part shells would be used in rooms or spaces with a coastal or “beachy” home interior design theme.
Now, within that space there is great versatility because, although typically smaller than rock and stones, shells do come in different sizes, shapes, colors and textures. While that doesn’t necessarily allow them to transition into other design themes, it absolutely does allow for some flexibility within a room or space that features a coastal or, again, “beachy” theme and home interior design style.
We saved this one for last. Not because it’s the best, but because it isn’t really “natural.” Bricks are obviously manmade, but they feel like they belong outdoors, right?
Like the other elements we discussed throughout this blog, bricks do bring a feeling of the outdoors in, so we’re comfortable including them. While bricks have a rugged and industrial essence, they also somehow bring warmth to a room in which they are included. While bricks then to be a shade of dark red or brown, they can also be painted, if necessary, which can help soften them and allow them to better fit within a room’s style and overall home interior design.