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Invite The Garden Indoors With Botanical Decor Design Ideas

Bold, celebratory trends are blooming in the world of interior design. After more than a year of hunkering down at home, we’re finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. That hopeful spirit is manifesting itself in playful, celebratory interior design trends. One of our favorite trending design ideas? Botanical decor and the use of floral prints year-round. It’s such a cheerful trend!

Let’s unpack this trend, where it came from, and how to get the look in your space!

What is the botanical decor trend?

Think of this trend as inviting the garden indoors. You can do this by bringing natural materials into your space, using botanicals, florals, and nature-inspired motifs into your textiles and home decor, and choosing furniture that has natural, organic shapes, such as natural curves. This is a look that has definite roots in biophilic design and embraces nature in a much more literal way.

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Why is this trend so popular?

Floral and botanical prints can make quite a statement. But the thing that’s so great about this particular trend is that it can be scaled up or down depending on your style! If you’re super eclectic, you can go all out and try some florals on florals, with a mix of saturated colors. But you don’t have to miss out on this trend if your interior design style is a bit more restrained! Those with more minimalistic styles may veer toward a simple palm-leaf motif or a single piece of art that reflects nature.

The heart and soul of this trend are about surrounding ourselves with the natural world, indoors. Essentially, the idea is to bring the outdoors indoors in nearly every element of a room—from furniture and decor to the materials you use and even literally decorating with plants and flower arrangements.

How can people incorporate botanical decor into their own homes?

We thought you’d never ask! You can incorporate it in big ways and small—through botanical wall decor or wallpaper, rugs, throw pillows, and so much more! Read on for 5 ways to bring the botanicals and florals to life in your own home. Then scroll down to shop our favorite botanical and floral furniture and decor!

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Take an Earthy Approach

The foundation of the botanical trend is the celebratory use of floral and plant motifs. But you can make the look even more nature-inspired by the additional colors and materials you use in your space.

How to Get The Look

  • Try out an earth tone color palette, which will help to give your space a nature-inspired look without needing to include any real motifs or prints.
  • Opt for natural materials in furniture and decor, which go beautifully with the nature-inspired decor we just mentioned! (Think: jute rugs, wood accent tables, and accent chairs with at least one natural detail such as cane.)
  • Go more subtle with your floral motifs. A duo of floral prints in a moody palette drives home the vibe without being too much of a focal point. And a rug with floral-inspired shapes (but that isn’t a literal floral pattern) is the perfect addition to a room like this.

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Use Actual Flowers as Decor

A simple bouquet of your favorite flowers is a perfect way for more minimal or traditional styles to incorporate this trend in their space! The result is charming and cheerful—the perfect dose of celebration, without it being in your face.

How to Get The Look

  • Head to the farmers market or your favorite florist, buy a bouquet, and arrange it in your favorite vase.
  • Want to add a little more whimsy to your room? Add a single piece of floral-inspired art to your walls. It’s like having a bouquet of flowers in your room that never wilts or withers!

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Try a Tropical Vibe

If florals feel a little too “precious,” try tropical prints instead! Palm prints have a very boho vibe—and adding in actual tropical plants gives any room a more lively feel!

How to Get The Look

  • Introduce tropical prints in your space. Wallpaper is a statement-making choice. But you can also go smaller with tropical-print throw pillows.
  • Add a variety of plants to create that “garden” vibe in your space. Choose a mix of plants with different heights, colors, and textures.
  • Balance out the greens with pinks and some natural wood furniture.

Read Next: Modsy’s Houseplant Care Guide

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Add Floral Accents

You don’t always have to go big and bold when it comes to the botanical decor trend. Instead, look for subtle yet impactful botanical prints and details on your decorative accents. These accents can be spread throughout a room—or grouped together, like on this mantle.

How to Get The Look

  • Find a floral painted table lamp (or two). It’s an elegant way to bring a classical element to this trend.
  • Hang a diptych of floral paintings, which pairs beautifully with other floral motifs.
  • Play up your plants. Faux or real plants and flowers add a wonderful texture to your space while playing up the theme in a subtle way.

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Go All Out

Love making a bold statement? Then bring home this trend in a big way! We’re not just talking about one or two pieces. Go all out with a floral-motif rug, natural materials in foundational furniture, and, of course, plenty of plants!

How to Get The Look

  • A floral rug is a perfect “pop” for any space. It can live on its own or be layered with other botanical prints or decor.
  • Bring on the plants. Like the tropical-inspired room, we showed you earlier, this one relies on a variety of large and small plants to drive home a nature-inspired vibe.
  • Look for other nature-inspired elements. Bringing the garden in doesn’t always need to mean plants and florals. You can also bring in elements of nature more broadly—such as water-inspired motifs like you see in this wallpaper.

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Going Natural: A Complete Guide to Decorating With Natural Materials

Decorating with natural materials is becoming an important call to action in design. More than ever, people are keen on how furniture and decor are made and how design impacts the environment. So it’s no surprise that a new focus on Biophilic Design is one of the top 2021 interior design trends.

From woven natural materials like jute, sisal, and rattan to organic textures, such as driftwood, cowhide, and polished stone, designers and their clients are seeking out natural materials in interior design more and more. And we’re in full support and here for it!

Here, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide (and a primer!) on different types of natural materials and how they can bring texture and an organic touch to your spaces.

 

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What are natural materials?

These are organic materials found in nature. Unlike manmade materials, like plastic and resin, natural materials come from different environments around the world. Some commonly found in homes include brick, stone, glass, tiles, wood, cork, bamboo, natural fibers, you name it.

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Are natural materials popular?

The organic and natural materials trend has been going strong for a few years. But it has gained even more popularity in the past year, especially since we were confined to our homes and many people craved nature and brought it indoors in the form of natural material home furnishings. Also, many people started looking for more ways to do good by the world and the environment while staying indoors. All to say, it’s a design movement that’s here to stay!

Learn more about how to decorate with natural materials!

What design styles use natural materials?

Natural materials are used across all styles in a variety of different ways. But here are a few where styles where it’s more common:

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Boho & Eclectic Style:

These ‘earthier’ styles sometimes also have a ‘tropical’ vibe, but they’re always grounded by lots of natural materials, ranging from raw woods and rattan to woven wall hangings and chunky wool rugs. They’re then layered with pops of bright patterns, geometrics, and plenty of vibrant accents.

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Coastal Style:

Natural materials and nature motifs are a throughline in this beachy style. After all, where else would you find driftwood if not the coastal beach home? These spaces are rooted in wood and woven elements, including bleached wood, lots of rattan, cane, and jute and seagrass for rugs. Expect to also find sprinklings of seashells and coral throughout.

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Farmhouse and Modern Farmhouse:

And speaking of natural and unfinished wood, they’re also often found in rustic-style rooms and farmhouse interiors. It’s what gives these spaces their signature old-timey barn vibe.

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Mid-Century Modern:

While Mid-Century style spaces are often associated with modernity, natural wood is a central—and the most common—material used in Mid-Century furniture. These pieces celebrate the beauty of natural wood grain, often in warm stains or light finishes. Let’s face it: Can you imagine a mid-century living room without a natural wood credenza or coffee table? Neither can we.

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Do natural materials improve your mood?

The short answer: Yes! The long answer: It’s complicated. The truth is there’s no secret formula to interiors that inspire positivity and lift our moods. Some studies have shown that being in nature has a positive affect on people’s moods, and the same results can occur by being in an environment surrounded by natural materials. But it’s uncertain if this is because of the positive associations our brains have with the natural world or if there’s something more in the textures, patterns and organic imperfections of natural materials that stimulate our brains more and result in more positive, happy feelings.

With that in mind, natural materials alone don’t seem to drastically impact our mood, but depending on how it’s used in a space, it can evoke a wide range of feelings—from calming and relaxed to inspired and motivated. Although we know one thing is for certain—“plants make people happy!”

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Are natural materials more sustainable?

Another complicated question, but the short answer is, yes! Much of what is not sustainable today is made from oil, which is a finite resource that uses massive amounts of energy. A prime example of an oil-made item is plastic, which takes thousands of years to decompose so they live in landfills that are harmful to the environment as long they are disposed of.

By contrast, natural materials come from natural sources. So they’re biodegradable and renewable resources over time. It can get complicated with materials, such as wood, that are often treated with chemical sealants or dyes. But more and more, people are doing their homework to research what things are made from and if they’re sustainably sourced. And that’s an important part of living sustainably with natural materials.

Here, a roundup of the most popular natural materials in home decor and how to work them into your home!

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Natural Fibers

From sisal to rattan to bamboo, these fibrous natural materials are often woven into furniture and decor that lend a light, textural look and an organic touch.

Seagrass:

Seagrass is a flowing plant that grows underwater in marine environments. What’s great about seagrass is that it’s durable, stain-resistant, and still soft on the feet—even more than sisal. So it’s a great option for rugs and other furnishings in kids’ rooms or bedrooms. They’re sometimes even used for wallpaper. Seagrass also has an earthiness to it, which makes it a popular material in both coastal and boho-style homes.

Sisal:

Native to Southern Mexico, sisal comes from a flowering plant that yields a stiff fiber that is used to make rope and weavings. It’s a natural material that’s mostly used in rugs for its durability and resistance to the elements. Because of its light natural hue, they blend seamlessly with boho, rustic, and coastal style spaces. Its strength makes it ideal for busy homes and high-traffic areas like the kitchen, family room, and entry.

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Jute:

Another strong and durable fiber, jute has both strength and a bit of shine. It’s popular in home decor, from curtains to chair coverings to area rugs, and is often used in rustic and boho spaces. Jute has longevity also. Even though it’s not the softest rug, it’s the most used style of natural-fiber rug given that it stands up to wear and foot traffic.

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Raffia:

Native to Africa, raffia is often used for basket weaving because it’s strong, malleable, and holds dye beautifully well. Raffia has a soft organic look to it that makes it easy to mix in spaces. You’ll find plenty of decorative accents made from raffia in boho and eclectic interiors, ranging from wall art to table bases and nightstands.

Rattan:

One of several natural materials that are popular in boho and coastal interiors, rattan is made from a strong fibrous plant similar to bamboo but is a bit more flexible. rattan is loved for its bold texture, organic form, and breezy, laid-back appeal. It’s widely used for furnishings big and small—from woven chairs and headboards to trays and pendant lights. Want more? Explore easy rattan decorating ideas.

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Bamboo:

Fun fact: Bamboo is the fastest growing grass plant in the world! It’s an elegant natural fiber that’s used in everything from furniture to flooring to tableware because it’s extremely durable (it’s scratch-resistant) and long-lasting. Bamboo furnishings and decor are also lightweight and have a beautiful natural hue, which makes it a favorite material for contemporary and minimalist style spaces.

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Cane:

A favorite material for coastal and tropical homes, cane is an ideal material for outdoor furniture, specifically chairs and sofas, given its soft, moisture-resistant, and sweat-wicking properties. Woven cane furniture provides ventilation and since the material itself doesn’t retain body heat, cane pieces have a cooling effect that’s perfect for indoor-outdoor spaces. Cane is a trendy material that’s on the rise, so you’ll find it used in a wide range of interiors, from rustic rooms to modern homes these days.

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Woods

One of the world’s most precious natural materials, wood of every type is a foundational element in interiors of any style, providing touches of texture, color, and warmth.

Unfinished or Live-Edge Woods:

These types of woods are usually left raw and untreated or unfinished on purpose. It preserves the wood’s organic look and feel, which artists and designers love to use to craft table tops, side stools, benches, and other large furniture pieces. Unfinished and live-edge wood decor is bold, textured, and sculptural, so they’re popular materials you’ll find in contemporary, industrial, and rustic spaces.

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Burlwood:

The truth about burlwood is that it can be any type of wood. What makes it burl wood is the knot in the wood—the more twisted and bigger the knot, the bigger the burl, which creates textural patterns and rich natural-wood colors. Its dense texture, durability, and spill-resistant nature makes it a quality wood for furniture. Burlwood was popular during the Art Deco period, then went away. It made a comeback in the ’60s and ’70s and has been a staple material in furniture since. Burlwood pieces are statements in any home, so one or two pieces will go a long way to inject flair and a bold look.

Driftwood:

A coastal home staple, driftwood is simply wood that had been salvaged after being washed out to sea, in a river or a lake. Driftwood has an aged rustic look that comes from it having been weathered by sand and water. It’s usually preserved and dried before it’s transformed into furnishings, such as side tables, consoles, benches, stools, and other accent pieces. Some people also like driftwood in its natural jagged form and use it as a decorative piece.

Read This Next: How to Mix Different Wood Tones in a Space.

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Leather

Soft, durable, and luxurious, it’s always a good idea to invest in leather and hide decor—be it a hide rug or a set of leather dining chairs. It’s a material that stands up to the test of time.

Genuine Leather:

In terms of natural materials, it doesn’t get more luxe than genuine leather. Crafted from a layer of hide, leather is a durable upholstery material often used for dining chairs, stools, sofas, and headboards. Leather ages slowly but beautifully. Over time it will have a lived-in look, get softer, and remain stain-resistant for a long time with proper care. Whether you’re using sleek leathers in a contemporary room or darker leather in a rustic or traditional space, leather is always a timeless and luxe material.

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Cowhide:

Cowhide is the natural unbleached skin and hair of a cow, so every hide is different and unique. It’s a luxurious material for a rug, and the organic shape of a cowhide makes it a beautiful accent in any style home, especially rustic, mid-century, and glam interiors. But the best thing about cowhide is that it’s easy to maintain (just a little shake and some light vacuum) and is also long-lasting.

Suede:

Made from the underside of animal skin, suede has a soft and fuzzy texture. It’s a great material for upholstered furniture but it will need to be specially treated to protect from spills and moisture. It’s not the best material to use in a home with small children. In modern or rustic style homes, suede makes for a soft yet durable choice for furnishings.

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Sheepskin:

The hide of a sheep or a pelt with the fur attached, sheepskin comes in all sizes and is popular accents in boho and rustic-style homes. They’re great as small fluffy throw rugs in a kids’ room or guest rooms, and they can also be draped over benches, sofas, and beds to add a touch of soft texture. Just be sure to keep them clean and dry and away from spill-prone areas in the home.

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Stone

A naturally elegant material, stone of any kind instantly elevates interiors. Whether it’s a marble table, granite tiles, or even ceramics, stone decor offers sleek style, no matter your space.

Travertine:

A natural stone formed in limestone mineral spring deposits, travertine has a striking and luminous look. It’s durable and weather-resistant, making it a popular choice for outdoor patios and kitchens. Indoors, it’s a statement stone that’s often used for tiles, flooring, and backsplashes, but you’ll also find gorgeous dining tables with travertine stone tops. If you’re a fan of contemporary and minimalist spaces, travertine will blend seamlessly into equally sleek spaces.

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Marble:

With its beautiful veining, varying colors, and smooth touch, it’s easy to see why marble has been loved and used for centuries. A natural stone that has to be mined, there are many variations of marble but they all share a rich, luxurious look. It’s commonly used in everything from tiles and sculptures to entire building facades. But when it comes to marble furniture, it needs a little TLC given that it can chip and stain easily. Nonetheless, marble furniture is an essential element in contemporary, traditional, and modern spaces—whether it’s small nesting rounds or a marble-top dining table.

Ceramics:

Made from clay heated at high temperatures, ceramic accents are versatile and long-lasting home essentials that can be used in any style space, contemporary or rustic or modern. Ceramic can come in many different shapes, textures and sizes, but it’s most widely used in decorative accents and home accessories, such as bowls, vases, candleholders, and tableware, for finishing touches.

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Biophilic Design for Beginners: 17 Ways to Incorporate Biophilic Design into Your Home

At the beginning of the year, we predicted that biophilic design would be a 2021 interior design trend to look out for. Spoiler alert: biophilic design is one of the year’s biggest trends! But what is biophilic design exactly? Let’s take a closer look at biophilic design and how you can incorporate it into your home.

What is Biophilic Interior Design?

You may not be familiar with the term, but biophilic design is a concept in architecture and interior design that’s all about feeling more connected to nature and embracing the positive health and environmental benefits that come with that. It comes from the term biophilia, which means a love of nature and everything that is alive.

As an architecture and interior design approach, biophilic design is a relatively new concept—with much of today’s approach developed by Stephen Kellert in the 2000s. Kellert was a professor of social ecology at Yale and created a framework around how biophilia can be used in interior architecture to fill the human need for nature.

The core principles Kellert developed include direct and indirect experiences of nature in your home. Direct experiences include elements that offer tangible contact with natural elements—like celebrating natural light; being conscious of airflow, temperature, and humidity; and incorporating water, plants, and animals into your space. Indirect experiences of nature are more about representations of nature in your home. Examples of this can range from the more literal, like landscape paintings and the use of natural materials and colors, to the more abstract like the use of natural shapes and patterns in furniture and decor.

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How to Incorporate Biophilic Design into Your Home

It’s easier than you might think to apply these core principles of biophilic design in your home. If you want to increase your connectivity with nature in your own home, read on for 17 ways to incorporate biophilic design into your home! We’ll start with some tips that will help you bring some direct experiences of nature into your home, then help you explore some indirect experiences of nature in your space.

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1. Invite Natural, Layered Lighting

Make your home’s environment feel more natural through lighting that simulates nature. Start by assessing the natural light in your space and how you can use windows and skylights to optimize your home’s natural lighting. Arrange your space in a way that celebrates the different lighting throughout the day; perhaps you want your sofa to bask in the afternoon sunlight or for your breakfast nook to catch the morning light. Take some time to assess the light patterns in your home and plan your layout accordingly.

You’ll also want to keep layered lighting in mind—from overhead lighting and floor lamps to a variety of candles, sconces, and table lamps. Intentionally choosing lighting for your home will help you have more control of the lighting in your space and let you change lighting levels depending on your mood and the time of day. Rather than feeling artificial, this lets you change the lighting in your home in a way that mimics the way light changes in nature throughout the day.

You can also use reflective surfaces like glass tables and mirrors to bring more reflection of light into your space.

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2. Let in Some Fresh Air

Considering the way air moves in your space is a significant way to incorporate biophilic design into your home. In the simplest terms, this involves stimulating some airflow. The most natural way to do this is to simply crack a window and let in the natural breeze. (Bonus: depending on where you live, this will also invite sounds of nature inside!) For rooms without windows air flow or on days you don’t want to crack a window, you can use a fan for a subtle breeze. (We love the look of a vintage desk fan, but ceiling fans are also great!)

Temperature and humidity are other things to consider when it comes to the air in your home. How you approach this is up to your personal preferences (some people love humidity and hot temps, others don’t). But using humidifiers or diffusers are two ways to impact the air quality and your experience of it in your space.

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3. Incorporate Houseplants and Flowers

Ever wonder why people say that plants make them happy? This idea is straight out of the biophilic design playbook. If images of nature are beneficial, the real thing is even better. Meaning: the more plants, the merrier! This is a simple way to directly invite nature into your home! But there are some other benefits as well—certain houseplants help clean your air, and taking care of plants and taking the time and effort to nurture them can give you a sense of purpose (without the commitment-level of caring for an animal!). And, of course, you can’t beat a vase of fresh farmer’s market flowers!

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4. Play With Fire

Fire offers a direct experience of nature, and as such it is pleasing to the human eye—offering color warmth, and movement to your space. If you have a fireplace in your home, you have an easy way to incorporate some flames. Don’t have a fireplace but craving those cozy vibes? You can always install a gas fireplace into your home! But if a fireplace isn’t possible, lighting candles throughout the house—on your desk while you’re working, on the coffee table during movie nights, or at the dining table—is a simple but impactful way to spark some natural coziness in your space.

5. Bring in a Water Feature

Some people feel strong connections to water. If this is you, consider ways you could incorporate this element into your home. Two of the easiest ways to naturally incorporate water? The use of a water feature, like a tabletop fountain, or a saltwater aquarium. They not only literally bring water into your space, but they also bring in the sound of flowing water!

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6. Display Images of Nature

Don’t have a great view? Create one! Some studies have shown that images of nature can be emotionally and intellectually satisfying. Hanging landscape paintings or framing photographs from your own travels are a perfect way to bring images of nature into your space. Photos or artwork of places that hold special significance to you are an especially meaningful way to bring this idea to life.

If you don’t want to go quite so literal on the landscapes, you can try other nature-inspired art—like botanical prints or animal art.

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7. Incorporate Natural Materials

A super easy way to jump on the biophilic design bandwagon? Use natural materials in your decor and furniture, and even the finishes throughout your home. This can be really simple—a wood dining or coffee table, a jute rug, a stone side table. Live-edge and raw, unfinished woods will give you a more natural vibe than finished and manufactured wood—but both approaches will still bring visual texture and depth into your space. But don’t stop at wood; explore other natural materials like stone (think: granite, marble, concrete) as well as woven natural fibers like wool, jute, cotton.

Visual complexity and lack of uniformity, which are found in abundance in nature, makes environments more visually stimulating, versus the uniformity of man-made materials. This essentially gives your brain more to “chew on.”

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8. Embrace Earth Tones

Using a neutral or earth-tone palette in your home is a subtle way to bring some nature into your space. Consider colors commonly found in nature, like subdued tones of brown, green, and blue. These earth tones have soothing vibes and act as neutrals throughout your space, while still feeling bold and saturated. Incorporate these hues into your home through decor, furnishings, and finishes like flooring and paint colors. In contrast, use brighter colors sparingly so your home has a soothing balance!

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9. Play with Organic Shapes

Organic shapes are those with soft curves, abstract forms, and asymmetrical shapes. Essentially, they’re the types of lines you would expect to find in the natural world. They bring a beautiful imperfection into your space. You can bring these organic shapes into your home through furniture, decor, architectural details, and even the layout of your space.

Move away from shapes you wouldn’t find in nature. (AKA, no sharp corners, straight lines, or perfect symmetry!) Mid-Century Modern is a great style to use as a foundation for bringing organic shapes into your home, as it’s a design style that celebrates organic forms. You could also opt for its little sister Organic Modernism, which offers a more earthy approach to a modern aesthetic.

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10. Try Out Mismatched Furniture

Just as you won’t find perfectly straight lines in nature, you likely won’t find two identical shapes. You can translate this idea of variance to your home by skipping matchy-matchy furniture. Rather than going for a full living or dining room set, try styling your space with different accent chairs, mismatched dining chairs, or mismatched nightstands. Doing this adds variance and intrigue to your space—plus gives it an individual look that’s totally unique to you.

This idea of variance and mismatched furniture is a staple of bohemian design. This is one of the many reasons why people often find this design style to feel more “earthy” or in-touch with nature.

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11. Vary Your Heights and Scale

We just mentioned that, in nature, perfectly straight lines and symmetry rarely exist. And the same goes for height. In nature, you’ll see trees and plants in different shapes and sizes, living side-by-side. An abstract way to translate this idea into your home is to vary the height of your decor when styling your space.

Having items of similar size, shape, and scale will feel contrived and man-made—whereas variation mimics the randomness of nature and is visually appealing. On the console pictured above, the vases and bowls are different sizes, shapes, and fullness (as are the plants in the vases). It creates an easy balance that’s pleasing to the eye.

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12. Bring in Some Textural Richness

Nature is full of texture—both visual and tactile. So a fun way to try on biophilic design is through bringing a variety of textures into your space. Having varying textures and materials—like different woven upholstery, plus smooth and rough materials next to each other—will bring visual richness to your space. And this is not to be confused with busyness! It’s not about bringing more stuff into your space, but rather about considering the texture of what you do bring in and how that texture plays with other pieces in your space. This also ties in with the idea of the vast complexity and textural richness of ecosystems in nature!

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13. Opt for Materials That Have a Patina

In nature, things age and change, so use items in your home that will, too. Decorating your home with materials that age and develop a patina help signal our brains that time has passed and things are changing. Some of our favorite materials that develop a beautiful patina are copper, brass, marble, and leather. Both copper and brass can be kept shiny—but there’s something comforting about a brass bed or a copper tea kettle that is well-loved and shows signs of use and aging. Marble tabletops tend to change hues and smoothness over time. And leather sofas and chairs develop a rich patina over time, darkening and developing scuffs and scratches from everyday use that only add to the beauty of the material.

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14. Integrate Natural Patterns

We love a good patterned wallpaper or rug. But have you thought about the repetitive patterns that naturally occur in nature? Honeycombs, rippling waves, and the patterns found on a plant leaf or animal hides are some of the most beautiful natural patterns out there. Take inspiration from these naturally occurring patterns and incorporate them into your home—whether that’s through a honeycomb wall shelf, a glass wall that has a wavy pattern in it, baskets with scalloped edges, or even a good ol’ animal print blanket.

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15. Carve Out a Cozy Nook

Having a place for “refuge” is known to enhance our well being in a space, giving us a sense of safety. (This is where our human evolution diverges from the wildness of nature.) Alcoves, nooks, and cozy corners are comfortable and help us feel safe and nurtured. So, carve out a designated place like this in your home and use it for reading, meditation, phone calls with loved ones, or simply unwinding after a long day.

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16. Emphasize the View

Just as having cozy nooks gives us a sense of safety, creating a space that emphasizes horizons and spaciousness is also a great biophilic design technique. Designing a room in a way that emphasizes the view outside gives us a sense of surveying our surroundings. There’s something primal about looking for movement and sources of danger—but there’s also a beautiful simplicity in just taking in the views of nature. We love the idea of bringing this to life by setting up a window nook, balcony, or porch where you can kick back and enjoy the views.

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17. Create Easy Traffic Flow

The ability to easily move through a space increases our feelings of security in a place. So, making sure you have clear walkways in your home is important! When arranging a room, ensure your pathways are uncluttered, there’s enough space between furniture, and there’s a clear sense of entrances and exits. Essentially, moving throughout your space should be comfortable and easy. This is also a key tenet of Feng Shui; unblocked entrances create energy flow in your home, and clear passageways keep that good energy flowing throughout your home.

What Are the Benefits of Biophilic Design?

As humans, we crave a connection with nature. And a strong connection improves our well-being. That’s why biophilic design has risen in popularity. Using environmental psychology as a launching point, architects and designers are embracing biophilic design to increase that connection, especially in urban areas where access to nature is more limited. Here are some of the benefits people say biophilic design brought them!

  • Increased productivity
  • Improved mental health
  • Cleaner air
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Feeling more creative

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Brand Spotlight: Meet Serena & Lily

From major retailers to up-and-coming designers and even unique, hard-to-find brands, we’re always adding new Modsy brands to our digital catalog to bring you pieces in your style and budget. Our Modsy Brand Spotlights helps you get to know some of our favorite brands you’ll find in your 3D designs.

Next up: Serena & Lily!

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Meet The Brand: Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily offers a wide range of furnishings and accessories that work with any aesthetic. But they’re especially great if you love the breezy California look, boho-style interiors, and coastal design ideas for the home.

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What They’re Known For

Serena & Lily furniture and bedding have a reputation in the design world for high-quality, timeless staples. Their designs have classic coastal good looks but are updated with modern lines for today’s home. Their pieces are also easy to mix-and-match with different styles and any home decor.

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Why We Love Them

There’s a reason why everyone loves Serena & Lily! The brand has some of the best investment bedding, furniture, and rugs that are handmade and unique. You can always count on them to add major comfort without sacrificing style.

Serena & Lily work with lots of natural materials for their pieces, and they use them in a sophisticated and polished way that gives all their designs a fresh, relaxed, and classic look. Their commitment to quality natural material is both thoughtful and captures their attention to detail and craft. It’s what makes their pieces incredibly comfortable and long-lasting.

Serena & Lily’s designs also have an airy aesthetic that adds a cool, livable vibe to rooms—you’ll feel like you’re always at a beautiful, welcoming beach house!

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Our Designers’ Picks From Serena & Lily

You already know why we love this brand, now explore some of our designers’ favorite pieces from Serena & Lily’s collection!

Anguilla Rattan Coffee Table

Add a warm organic feel to any living room with this bent-rattan coffee table in a natural finish. The tightly woven top provides an interesting play of tone and texture, while the hand-bent base keeps it from feeling bulky. Mix in bright pops of color in the decor on top to punch it up with a coastal-eclectic look.

Malibu Chandelier

This chandelier is like a ceiling gem. The strands of gorgeous beads with subtle gold veining and the frame wrapped with natural hemp and tassels give the whole piece an elegant rustic appeal. It brings earthy glamour to any space, but we can see it adding major charm in a nursery or kids’ room.

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Seas Bar Cart

This casual and earthy bar cart design has mid-century influences and the handwoven rattan adds a beautiful textural look. Set it up in a corner in the living room or dining area for an instant sophisticated accent piece. Top it with cocktail glasses and barware, then balance it out with vibrant decor, like greenery, coffee table books, and candles!

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Caledonia Woven Console

Elevate any entry or living space with this coastal seagrass and wood console cabinet. The woven doors offer rich texture while the leather pulls make for sophisticated finishing details. It’s the perfect piece to anchor an empty wall and it pairs beautifully with other woven accents, such as a rattan chair, basket planter, or any number of Serena & Lily rugs.

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Cabot Square Coffee Table

If you’re after classic elegance, this practical tiered coffee table has storage and style to spare. The painted mahogany, raffia-wrapped shelves, and Deco-inspired brass details make this table a simple, timeless piece. Use the storage shelf for books and TV remotes, then add glass vases and metallic accents on top to play up the brass details of the table.

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Avalon Daybed

This daybed is gorgeous with its lattice rattan pattern and makes for a great statement piece to anchor a guest room or bedroom. It was inspired by a French sofa from the 1940s and has an airy, natural beauty to it that can work seamlessly in any coastal, eclectic, or boho interior. Layer this daybed with lots of Serena & Lily bedding, such as textured throws and pillows, for the perfect afternoon nap spot or guest bed.

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Harbour Cane Bed

Made with sustainable rattan by hand, artisans meticulously wove together the cane pattern for this unique, breezy bed. It has rustic-coastal appeal but is a versatile piece that can work in any space, from classic to modern. You can easily top it off with Serena & Lily bedding in soft colors, keeping the styling light to match the airy aesthetic of the bed frame.

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Islesboro Chair

This chic hand-woven seat is made of water hyacinth, which is a surprisingly durable material. There are also black rattan strips layered in that add sophistication and depth. It’s a substantial chair that will look as beautiful in a living room as it does around a dining table. Keep the decor around this chair minimal so that they take center stage and shine on their own!

Mirabelle Rug

Serena & Lily rugs include a selection of batik-inspired styles that are made entirely by hand, which means that no two are alike. This unique batik-style rug has an amazing border and traditional pattern that instantly brightens up a living or dining room. We love it in indigo for the deeply saturated color tones that go great with neutral furniture and decor.

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Shore Bench

Made of natural rattan, this low-back bench is the perfect perch for an entry, hallway, or even sun porch or covered deck. It has a breezy look and a very organic feel, so it has a light and airy appearance while also adding instant beach-house vibes! Top it with soft-colored and patterned pillows for a dose of relaxed texture and comfort.

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Balboa Counter Stool

We’re big fans of these Serena & Lily bar stools because they’re perfectly proportioned for any kitchen/bar space. Not to mention, they’re made for comfort, so you can lean back and lounge in them for hours! They’re made with wood wrapped in rattan that has a gorgeous texture and subtle variations in tone, and they come with a plush cushion seat that adds the perfect pop of color and comes in many fabric options!

Dip-Dyed Stools

These fun little handcrafted stools with glossy-white dip-dyed legs are stylish and versatile pieces that can go anywhere in the home. They’re hand-shaped from raw teak wood and make for perfect corner accents in any style room, from rustic to industrial to coastal. Top them off with a small plant to drive home the organic, hand-made feel of the stool.

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Blake Drawer Nightstand

The lacquered navy raffia on this beachy and modern nightstand is an instant focal point in any bedroom. The Parsons-inspired design is classic yet bold, and the brass drawer pull adds a touch of polish and sophistication to the relaxed raffia. Pair it with a neutral bed and style it up with other small brass accents to make it a bedside statement!

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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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Trend Spotlight: 5 Reasons to Love Natural Materials

natural materialsWe all know that some design trends easier to take home than others. Remember shag carpets? People in the 70s loved ’em, but today you might think of it just as an easy place to hide a year’s worth of crumbs. So when it comes to the decor trends of 2019, we were thrilled to see natural materials are all the rage.

An easy way to lend beauty and utility to any home, natural materials are a trend we hope stays around for a while. They are a particularly great move for the in-between seasons (think that pesky transitional period between winter and spring) and they won’t give you major designer’s remorse in a few month’s time.

These tactile substances – rattan, bamboo, seagrass, jute, and cork – bring new life to stale decor. They can easily make your space feel fresh and breezy, and just in time for warmer weather (fingers crossed summer comes soon!). Needless to say, we love this 2019 decor trend and, to help convince you, we asked our designers to list their top 5 reasons why.

Keep reading to learn all about the reasons we love natural materials!

natural materials1. They Add Texture

Is your current decor scheme falling flat? Whether you love neutrals or prefer pops of color, your decor can still feel blah if you’re lacking this one essential ingredient – texture!

And can you guess the easiest way to infuse some visual character into any space? You already know we’re going to say natural materials! And it’s true. Natural materials are a great way to spice up your current space without changing the style or buying a whole new set of furniture. Basically clash-proof, natural materials compliment even the most vibrant or the most neutral spaces.

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2. They are Ultra-Versatile

Sometimes even when you love a trend, it can be hard to figure out how to integrate it into your current decor (we knew that rustic barn door felt out of place in our mid-century living room). Luckily, that couldn’t be further from the truth with the natural materials trend.

One of our favorite things about using natural materials is their versatility. From rustic, to modern, to anything in between, this is a trend that easily feels at home in rooms of all styles. It’s subtle enough to blend in, but eye-catching enough to make your space feel new. Talk about a win-win!

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natural materials3. They’ve Got Major Staying Power

You know the feeling when you’ve had the same decor for a while and you suddenly realize you’re sick of it? Maybe it’s a wall color that’s overstayed it’s welcome, or even a trend you once loved but now can’t stand.

And unfortunately, most people don’t have the time or money to change their interiors as often as they change their minds. So what’s a style-savvy, mind-changing person supposed to do?

Unlike avocado green appliances or velvet wallpaper, natural materials won’t be going out of style any time soon. These pieces can be dressed up or down to work with your current design choices and repurposed in different spaces. You’ve gotta love a trend with staying power!

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natural materials4. They Bring Nature Indoors

Spring and summer are all about bringing the outdoors indoors. We all know this is the rule of (green)thumb with plants and flowers – having photosynthesizing friends helps make your home feel more inviting, cleans your air, and makes you a happier human!

Pieces like jute rugs and bamboo side tables can help bring extra nature vibes to your home. This is especially great if you have a brown thumb because a seagrass side table needs no TLC. We’ll take all the positive plant power we can get!

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natural materials decor trend5. They Bring the 80s Nostalgia

If your grandmother had matching rattan lounge chairs and a bamboo fan, you may remember that the natural materials trend started long before the summer of 2019.

Using natural materials in your space is a great way to nod to the 80s without going overboard (unless you want to, of course). Cotton window treatments, jute rugs, and woven light fixtures are all great ways to get a taste of the 80s.

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