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Going Natural: 12 Ways to Decorate With Natural Materials

If you want to give your home more contrast and visual depth, we recommend layering in some natural materials. They’re the secret ingredient every room needs to create a dynamic space that doesn’t fall flat. (Literally and figuratively.)

Natural materials add beautiful texture to your space. But that’s not the only reason to love natural elements. They’re also super versatile, going just as well with modern and glam spaces as with mid-century and coastal interior design. It’s a trend that’s at home in homes of all styles! In fact, the natural materials trend was one of our favorite trends of 2019—and has continued to be well into 2020! But natural home decor, while having a trendy moment, are actually quite timeless. So, even when natural materials are no longer a top trend, they’ll still give your home a timeless and relevant look. We love pieces with staying power!

But decorating with natural materials doesn’t just mean rattan furniture and baskets with a woven texture. Natural home decor is just as varied as it is versatile, which you’ll see later on in this post!

Wondering how to incorporate natural elements and materials into your home decor? Keep reading for a few of our favorite ways!

natural home decorJute Rug

Made of dried plant fibers, jute is a very durable and virtually maintenance-free natural material—making it the perfect choice for a low-maintenance and affordable rug! Most jute or other natural fiber rugs feature a woven texture in neutral colors—some in a more solid-color weave, others woven with stripes and other patterns.

Jute rugs are quite versatile. They’re a perfect style of rug for coastal, boho, rustic, and eclectic spaces. And they’re also great for layering! They create a durable and neutral base, on top of which you can layer a smaller colorful, decorative rug!

And don’t be afraid to use multiple natural elements in a room. The bedroom above not only has a woven jute rug, but also a lounge chair made of braided water hyacinth, a rope-wrapped bench, and hand-carved nightstands!

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Jute Woven Pendant Light

This pendant light, made from woven jute, has a lightweight and airy vibe. It doesn’t feel visually heavy—rather, it’s quite sculptural and texturized. This is a perfect style for bedrooms, as pictured above, as well as dining spaces and entryways. And we love that it’s easy to shake out (no dust build-up here!) and creates a nice glow from within.

Another versatile piece of natural home decor, this style of pendant light is great for eclectic, minimal, coastal, and boho styles. It looks beautiful with neutral colors and decor—but would also pop against a green wall in a tropical boho space.

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Ceramic Pottery Lamps

Here’s an under-the-radar way to add natural elements to your room: through textured ceramics. In the case of this room, ceramic lamps. They’re made from clay and glazed in an earth tone, and feature a beautiful textured patterning. We love the idea of investing in an everyday object that’s a little more out-of-the-ordinary.

The earth tone color scheme makes the ceramic feel more natural in the style—and it could go on an entryway console or in a living room just as well as in a bedroom. These lamps are great pieces for rustic, transitional, minimalist, eclectic, and boho styles.

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Wood + Iron Table

We like mixing wood and metals—a mix of natural and manmade materials—which look great together while still maintaining that natural look.

A natural wood slab table has very rustic vibes. But putting it atop a forged iron base adds an industrial edge to this table. Natural wood is durable and great for a dining table—and it’s a very kid-friendly style.

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Hide Rug

A hide rug adds softness and an amorphous shape to your space—not only adding natural texture but a lot of visual interest. You can go for a real cowhide or a vegan alternative of faux hide, but you’ll still get the same organic look.

This is a great style of rug for spaces with awkward shapes, where a traditional rug just wouldn’t work, but you still want something soft underfoot. It can also be layered with larger, rectangular rugs. This is a great piece for eclectic, mid-century modern, rustic, and boho styles.

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Nature-Themed Art

Natural materials are typically found in nature. But you can also layer in visual nature-inspired materials through nature-themed art. Complement your other natural home decor with an art print or painting of a nature scene, botanicals, or animals, which adds a stylistic and earthy touch to your space.

These pieces, like the painting featured above, look good when paired with rustic and bohemian styles with earthy color palettes.

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Rattan Chair

Looking for some boho interior design ideas? Rattan is a natural material made of dried palm, which is woven together to create a structured piece of furniture. You really can’t get more raw and natural than a rattan chair in a natural color and material!

We love how lightweight rattan furniture is and how it adds texture to a room with such ease. We also highly recommend pairing a rattan chair with some pillows or cushions—which is a great way to add in some color and patterns as well. As mentioned, rattan furniture is great for boho spaces and can be used as indoor or outdoor furniture.

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Woven Baskets

A classic way to add natural elements into your home decor is through baskets. Many decorative baskets are made from a woven material like sisal, seagrass, water hyacinth, and sometimes even rattan.

These baskets are lightweight and have that raw, natural look about them. And woven baskets tend to be very strong and durable. It’s a perfect example of style meeting practicality! Woven baskets go with almost any style—making them a great addition to any space that needs additional storage.

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Plants

Add living natural materials to your home by using plants as home decoration. Whether real or faux, plants make a great room filler and add beautiful organic shapes and colors to your space. If you’re going to use more than one plant in a room, consider varying the shapes, types, and sizes of the plants you choose for some additional texture and visual interest.

Plants are the most versatile of all natural materials and are a lovely addition to any and all spaces and styles. And, bonus: if you go for real plants, they also help purify your air and boost your mood!

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Leather Sofa

A leather upholstered sofa is a timeless piece of furniture—a perfect way to add another layer of natural materials to your space. It’s a great investment, as leather is very durable and develops a beautiful patina over time. And if you get one in a warm color, like the one pictured above, it will work with almost all styles of decor. It also plays quite nicely with other natural materials, like rattan chairs, sheepskin rugs, and woven coffee tables.

Like a hide rug, you can find some beautiful vegan, faux leather options. And leather comes in many different shades and finishes, so you can customize it to your color palette and style!

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Stone Table

A table with a wood frame and stone slab top is a visually interesting way to add natural materials into your home decor. The end table pictured here has a blue stone slate top, which is durable and natural-looking but also very polished. It adds a cool touch to any space. And the reclaimed pine base makes for a very stable piece of furniture.

We love the contrast of wood and stone (which also looks beautiful with natural greenery). It’s a great add for any rustic or traditional space.

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Natural Wood Coffee Table

We love furniture that features wood that’s kept in a very raw form, where you can see the knots, natural weathering, and imperfection of the material.

A coffee table made from natural wood adds warmth and earthiness to any living room. The one featured above is super durable and a great investment piece. And since wood is timeless and versatile, it’s a great piece for all styles!

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Layout Guide: 2 Stylish Ideas For An Attic Bedroom

Attic bedroom layoutIn our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. This week we’re looking at two layout ideas for optimizing an awkwardly shaped attic bedroom.

If you know us, you know we love a good attic loft challenge. Attics are exciting to design is that they force you to get creative with every square inch of space. This is especially true when it’s an awkwardly shaped room. And once you start exploring your design possibilities, you’ll find that the sky’s the limit when it comes to attics. This week, we’re looking at layout ideas for creating an attic master bedroom functional, comfortable, and, of course, stylish.

The Space: A 20 x 17 attic bedroom

The Style: Rustic Warmth

The Challenge: Designing an attic bedroom with all sorts of weird angles, a slanted ceiling, radiators, and weird nooks to contend with.

Idea #1: The Elevated Multipurpose Layout

Layout #1 for our attic bedroom plays up an elegant all-in-one space, where the bedroom also provides office space as well as plenty of storage. The idea is to transform an area of the home that’s often considered dark and drab into a room that feels elevated and inviting. The furnishings speak to that, from classic table lamps and an upholstered headboard to lots of tailored foundation pieces.

In this layout, the sloped ceiling makes the room feel cozy rather than cramped, and awkward nooks and corners are cleverly optimized or daily life – including a corner that’s dedicated to pets.

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Attic bedroomWhy This Attic Bedroom Layout Works

There’s only place to fit a bed in this attic bedroom, and the king-sized option fills it out nicely. To combat the sloped ceiling, we pulled the headboard slightly away from the wall. This allow for a bit more clearance and means table lamps and nightstands fit perfectly. It also gives you a bit more space to comfortably sit up at night to read without bumping your head on the sloped ceiling.

We added a storage bench against the staircase wall to provide extra hidden storage as well as catchall spot for placing bags and jackets or putting on shoes.

In the awkward nook, we pulled in a desk to create a little home office corner and left enough room around the space so that it doesn’t feel cramped. Along the far side of the room, we optimized the space with a storage dresser for function and a dog bed for a devoted pet nook.

This Is Great If You…

  • Like the idea of a private bedroom escape that feels quiet and treehouse-like.
  • Are a couple living in a home where you want a clear separation between public and private spaces.
  • Have a big family but limited space for everyone, so your attic needs to function as a bedroom, workspace, and pet hangout spot.
  • Prefer a dimmer bedroom where the amount of natural light you get is just enough and not overpowering during the day.

Attic bedroomIdea #2 – The Contemporary-Casual Open Layout

With layout #2, the bedroom has a more laid-back appeal that prioritizes space and comfort. Pieces such as wall sconces, a big armchair, and a soft cowhide rug help set the tone. The clean-lined, light-wood bed sets a modern tone and keeps the room feeling airy, while a blue accent wall and greenery add a touch of bold color and contrast.

The furnishings are all about maintaining a sense of openness in the space, and pieces with open bases, simple forms, and soft finishes help add to that feeling. This layout ultimately comes conveys a nothing is too precious and lived-in vibe that gives is a clean-lined coziness we love.

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Attic bedroomWhy This Attic Bedroom Layout Works

Sconces optimize the limited vertical space beside the bed – a great solve for the sloped ceiling. The portable streamlined bench at the foot of the bed makes for stylish seating that doesn’t take up lots of floor space.

Instead of an office, we swapped in an armchair and a cowhide rug to create a cozy reading nook in the awkward corner. We also kept the far corner empty to create a dressing area with a floor-length mirror, which also helps open up the room.

This Is Great If You…

  • Are a modern minimalist who prefers streamlined furnishing and a calming bedroom atmosphere.
  • Prefer simple, uncluttered spaces with foundational furnishings that can be easily rearranged or accented with more colorful finds down the line.
  • Want your bedroom to function purely as a space for resting and relaxing
  • Need an extra bedroom in your home that can accommodate guests. The attic can make for especially chic spaces for overnight visitors.

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Layout Guide: Smart Ideas For An Awkward Shaped Bedroom

awkward shaped bedroomA small, awkward shaped bedroom can be a serious design challenge for many people, including us. The tricky thing about these bedrooms is that there’s usually only one spot where you can fit your bed. After that, you’re pretty much left with little to no space for anything else. It’s tough, especially when you want your bedroom to feel serene and relaxing, not limited and lackluster.

With that in mind, we decided to explore ways we can tackle the awkward bedroom layout. Get some of our layout solutions for an oddly shaped bedroom we designed below. And even if your bedroom isn’t oddly shaped, we promise these tips will inspire you to rethink your own space.

The Space: An 11’ x 18’ awkwardly shaped bedroom

The Style: Modern Rustic

The Challenge: Maximizing space and style in a small, oddly shaped bedroom that has slanted walls, lots of doors and windows, and only one place to fit a bed. Plus, there’s a radiator in a corner nook that further limits what can go in one area.

awkward shaped bedroomIdea #1: The Big Function Layout

The main goal in our awkward bedroom layout #1 is to pack in as much function as possible into the space. But we wanted to do it in a way that doesn’t feel like it’s all about function. It’s a bedroom after all, so the primary purpose should be a space where you can kick back and rest.

To nail that balance, we chose furnishings that have a small footprint and can be used in more ways than one. Of course, the key to finding the right pieces was to measure every wall and corner before committing to anything.

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Why This Awkward Bedroom Layout Works

Pack In Functionality

Instead of matching nightstands, we opted for a dresser and small desk combo. The small dresser with deep drawers functions like a nightstand but has storage as well as a big surface that lets you display art.

On the other side, the slender desk doubles as a vanity and also catchall. The desk is paired with a moveable sling stool that tucks away easily and also works as an extra seat or footrest.

Make Use of All Space

We worked with the vertical space and the different sizes of the walls via a few small space hacks. For example, hanging a sconce (for lighting), mirror (for an airy feel), and hooks (for storage), all add function without taking up floor space.

Along the awkward slanted wall by the radiator, we incorporated a bench to add more seating that also provides a great place to get ready in the morning.

Keep It Cozy

Common design knowledge says that you should paint small rooms light colors to help them feel more open. While this is true, we say small rooms can also benefit from darker shades, which give them a cozy feel. Here we painted our awkward bedroom a shade of dark blue to add contrast and create an extra serene vibe.

Rug Struggles

Rug placement is the greatest struggle in this room. A standard placement would mean you could only fit a smaller size due to the slanted walls. To combat this, we rotated a larger size rug under the bed as a way to cover more floor space. We then balanced out the awkward placement by layering a cowhide to soften the hard angles.

This Is Great If You…

  • Live solo and want to get the most function out of an awkward room.
  • Work from home a lot and don’t have room for an actual workspace elsewhere.
  • Like a cozy space where everything you need is within easy reach.

awkward shaped bedroomIdea #2 – The Expanded Space Layout

For layout #2, we took a bright, crisp approach with white walls that helped to make the room feel and appear larger and less awkwardly shaped. To further open up the space we opted for designs that played up an airy note. The idea here is to create a light-filled, calming haven that is all about rest and relaxation.

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Why This Awkward Bedroom Layout Works

Create Visual Space

Like we mentioned before, white walls help open up the room and make it feel more spacious and cheery. This is a great option if you want a more airy vibe in your room. We also added small, low-profile matching bedside tables help maintain an open look. Round and minimalist table lamps help to keep the nightstand surfaces appear balanced and uncluttered.

Be Smart With Space

A large floor mirror adds function, reflects light, and gives the illusion that the room is larger than it seems and not as awkwardly shaped. By the odd wall near the door, we swapped in a wall-mounted bookcase, one of our favorite small-space hacks, which adds vertical storage and increases the usable storage space by four times. An armchair, pouf, and C-shaped side table turn a corner into a cozy reading nook that’s comfy and compact.

Layer Your Rugs

Layered rugs are another solve for the awkward room shape: The top blue and white patterned wool rug adds personality and plush texture to the space—perfect for bare feet in the morning. Meanwhile the jute rug underneath helps extend coverage across a larger surface area (which will help reduce noise/echoes in your room). A fluffy sheepskin helps cozy up the reading nook.

This Is Great If You…

  • Need a space for two that feels like a dedicated retreat.
  • Prefer a bedroom that is more comfort and style-driven versus for multi-purpose use.
  • Are more of a modern minimalist who loves a simple palette and clean-lined designs.

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