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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.

Shopping for a natural fiber rug? Read our guide to natural fiber rugs first!

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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Simple Upholstery Cleaning Tips For Spring!

Spring has almost sprung, so it’s time to get set for a front-to-back home refresh. It’s all about swapping out winter items for warmer weather, reorganizing and rearranging spaces, and, of course, cleaning!

One of the best investments you can make this season is showing a little love for your upholstery. Whether it’s your sofa or upholstered headboard, these pieces need regular cleaning in order for them to look their best all year round. And there’s no better time than spring to tackle some deep upholstery cleaning!

Don’t worry, we know cleaning your upholstery can feel intimidating. For instance, how do you clean a sofa? Where do you even start? Or what’s the best way to wipe down an ottoman? And an upholstered bed?

Here, we’re answering all the top questions and dishing our best upholstery cleaning tips along the way. We guarantee it’ll motivate you to get a head start on your own spring cleaning!

Need help getting started? Check out our spring refresh checklist and get inspiration for ways to decorate with plants to ready your home for the new season!

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Know Your Upholstery Fabrics

Before any vacuuming or scrubbing, check to make sure you know the different upholstery fabrics you’ll be cleaning. Different fabrics require different cleaning methods–such as wiping down leather vs. suede and gently blotting wool, linen, or velvet.

Chances are, your upholstered sofa or headboard came with a fabric guide or a best-practice cleaning tag. So take a close look for the best treatment for the fabric, then come up with a gameplan. If anything is unclear, look up your exact piece and upholstery weave and material from the manufacturer’s site to find out their recommended cleaning advice.

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Tackle Stains Slowly

Following fabric guidelines, you’ll want to treat stains accordingly based on upholstery material—especially if you’re trying to clean a couch with tough stains. Though in general, most fabric stains can be treated with a mild detergent mix and water.

If you’re working with a vacuum that has a steam cleaner, use it! Think of it as your BFF when it comes to easy and effective upholstery cleaning. Start by vacuuming your upholstery, then spot treat any particular stain slowly one by one. Remember: Blot, don’t scrub! Too much friction can damage the fabric and ruin your upholstery. Let the treated area dry, then vacuum one more time.

For those of you dealing with a white sofa, a steam cleaner is the perfect upholstery cleaning tool. Also, consider slipcovers that you can remove and throw toss into the wash. They’re guaranteed to keep all your white upholstery looking clean and new for years. Also, check out our comprehensive guide on should I get a white sofa.

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Make Vacuuming A Habit

Upholstered furniture are magnets for dirt and dust and other airborne spores—just because you can’t see the dust, doesn’t mean that it’s not there!

This is especially true if you have an upholstered bed or headboard. It might not be obvious but hair and dust have a tendency to collect quickly on these pieces even if they’re not easily visible. And you definitely don’t want to be sleeping with dust around, so make sure to vacuum these pieces. And while upkeep might sound tedious, there are actually a lot of pros for having an upholstered headboard. Check out our guide on is an upholstered bed right for you.

It’s recommended you vacuum your furniture at least once every other week, so make it a point to do routine upholstery cleaning in your home. For quick and easy cleaning on the regular, use the narrow parts of your vacuum to get into the nooks and crannies of your sofas and chairs where dust and dirt tend to collect. Then, once every season (three months), go for a deep upholstery cleaning, removing stains, and steam cleaning your pieces.

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Do Deodorize

Part of upholstery cleaning is keeping your pieces looking, feeling, and smelling fresh. If you’ve ever caught a whiff of odor from your upholstery, you’re not alone. This is especially true if you have pets! From daily clothes to pets rubbing up on the fabric, odors, like stains, are bound to develop over time.

To tackle upholstery odors, you can use baking soda to help lift any odors and oils from your upholstery. Simply sprinkle and pat it into the upholstery and let it sit for a few hours. It will absorb any odors and oils during that time. Then just vacuum it up after.

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A Few Good Rules Of Thumb:

Avoid harsh chemicals. Spraying strong cleaning chemicals directly onto your furniture–such as Lysol is not a good idea, especially in bedrooms. While this solution may be tempting–you don’t want to be sleeping with chemicals in the air and under your pillow. Try for an organic and chemical-free upholstery cleaning formula instead, or go with a DIY mixture of 1 cup water or club soda, ½ cup white vinegar, ½ Tbsp natural dish soap, and 1 drop thieves essential oil.

Keep dampness at bay. Avoid sitting or leaning on your upholstered pieces with a wet head or wet towel. Water is a huge cause of bacterial growth and a big reason for stains and discoloration in upholstered furnishings.

Consider synthetic fabrics. When purchasing upholstered furniture, look for performance fabrics made with synthetic materials that are naturally stain and mildew-resistance. This will make all your upholstery cleaning much easier, especially if you’re leaning towards upholstered pieces in lighter colors!

Know when to call the pros. If you’re not sure how to tackle a stain that’s too large or serious, you’ll be much better off seeking professional cleaning help. While spot treating small stains can easily be done at home yourself, large stains that aren’t dealt with properly can end up ruining your piece, so it’s safest to call in the pros.

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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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15 Stylish Ways to Decorate With Leather in Any Room

We love incorporating leather elements into our furniture and decor. Why? Decorating with leather adds character, quality, and warmth to your space—not to mention it’s a beautiful natural material that brings in lovely texture and a rich color tone. And each leather piece is so unique. In terms of texture, leather furniture can be super glossy and smooth, highly textured, or matte and rustic—and just about anything in between. And there’s so much variance in leather color and tones, as well. Natural leathers range from light to dark, but you can also find leather in colors like black, white, and navy. Whatever the finish, a leather accent adds warmth or sophistication to a room because of the organic nature of the material.

We also love how durable leather is. When properly taken care of, a leather piece will last a very long time—and it ages beautifully, developing a natural patina that only gets better as time wears on. Small scuffs and scratches will develop over time, and the leather will likely wear down in certain spots. These “signs of aging” are called a patina, and it’s actually great if you love a weathered look or rustic decor ideas! This brings texture and depth to your space—and it’s great for homes with kids and pets! Any new scuffs or scratches will blend right in, and pet hair doesn’t cling to leather, so it’s easy to clean in that regard.

Leather also goes with almost all styles, so even if your style changes over time, it’s likely that a leather piece can flow with a new style. Leather furniture and accents go especially well with rustic, traditional, minimal, mid-century modern, eclectic, boho, and even contemporary styles. It’s all about how the leather is used, as well as the tone and patina of the piece. And if you aren’t comfortable with real leather, there are a ton of beautiful faux leather furniture options out there!

Curious how to incorporate leather design ideas into your home? Keep reading for 15 ways to decorate with leather, no matter your style!

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1. Leather Sofa

A leather sofa is a great way to make a stylish statement in your living room. Since a sofa is the focus of your living room, opting for one in leather will make the material really pop and help to define the space. Leather sofas have a distinct look and will have a different feel from upholstered options, as they’re more slippery and are cool to the touch.

Leather furniture comes in a variety of colors. Brown leather sofas, in a saddle or tobacco finish, are the most popular. But you can also find them in white, black grey, and even some dyed colors like blue, green, or red! Leather sofas are generally more expensive than upholstered ones, but they’re a quality option that will last for years!

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2. Leather Ottoman

A leather ottoman is a great way to decorate with leather and add a statement piece in your space. Ottomans are durable pieces of furniture and make a great coffee table alternative for homes with kids and a soft place to rest your feet. Though they’re not easy to repair if they get damaged, like all high-quality leather, a leather ottoman will develop a patina over time. So, minor scuffs, scratches, and spills will only add to the storied look of a piece like this.

Leather ottomans come in a variety of colors, but we’re partial to a more natural brown leather finish, which will be the most versatile. Stylistically, they can go with a variety of sofas and chairs, so you don’t have to worry about matching a leather ottoman to your sofa. Instead, you can use the ottoman to create contrast and anchor the room.

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3. Leather Armchair

A leather armchair is a statement piece of furniture and will add tons of style to your space. No matter the shape, a leather armchair is timeless. The soft material means a leather chair will be comfortable, and as a material it can go with a variety of interior design styles. If you take care of it, it’s a piece that will last for a very long time, and even look more beautiful years down the road due to the patina it will develop. Leather chairs look great with pillows in a variety of different textures and colors. So, find something that makes the leather pop and have fun accenting your leather chair!

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4. Woven Leather Accent Chair

If you want to make even more of a statement than a leather armchair, try a woven leather accent chair. It’s a very high-style piece that will add a modern, trendy look to your space. A woven leather chair brings in texture through the weaving pattern, so it doesn’t need much to accent it. It’s a sculptural piece within itself! Woven leather chairs often lean very mid-century modern or rustic, but they can also go great with boho and eclectic styles! Over time, woven leather chairs will wear out and stretch (the seat bottom may bowl where people sit). But this is simply part of the chair’s character!

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5. Leather Bench

A leather bench is a simple but impactful piece to add to your home. Since only the cushion is leather (and generally accented by metal or wooden legs) it’s a great way to dabble in decorating with leather. Leather benches are also durable (more so than a fabric upholstered bench) and can span many styles—so they are a versatile piece to buy.

And you can use them anywhere in your house—from a bench at the end of your bed or in your entryway to a coffee table alternative or extra dining room seating! You’ll want to consider the tone depending on where in your home you want to use it, so that it matches or contrasts with other elements in the room where you’re using the bench. If you want something extra unique, choose leather with stitching or ribbing, or look for a bench with cool legs!

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6. Leather Dining Chairs

Leather dining chairs are a great way to bring a different texture into your dining room. They take a little while to break in, but they’ll get softer and more comfortable over time. The two most popular colors of leather dining chairs are black and saddle leathers.

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You can create a bold and stylish look with black leather dining chairs. Black leather is dramatic and bold, and will often give a masculine, edgy vibe to a space. Bonus: it’s also great at hiding spills and scuffs—making it a great option for households with pets and kids.

Saddle leather is a beautiful, rich, and warm tone of leather that is very trendy. It works across many styles, from rustic to modern, which makes saddle leather dining chairs versatile and great pieces to invest in.

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7. Leather Desk Chair

A leather desk chair is a stylish addition to a home office. It adds texture and visual warmth to your space, making it a great accent piece while also being timeless and durable. They’re long-lasting investment pieces that will definitely prove their money’s worth over time. And the softness of leather upholstery will make long work hours much more comfortable. Leather comes in many colors and dyes, and leather office chairs come in a wide range of styles, so there’s likely a match for any style of office.

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8. Leather Magazine Rack

A leather magazine rack is a simple way to add leather texture into a space. It adds a rich pop of natural color, along with an organic feel while being a very practical piece. Leather magazine racks make great compliments to other leather pieces of the same tone within your space—but they can also stand alone as a simple accent of leather in a room. With use, the leather will wear and patina, but it’s durable and will last a long while adding a stylish accent to your space.

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9. Leather Stools

Foldable leather stools are a practical touch for a bedroom—or anywhere you want a small leather seat! Many leather stools, like the ones pictured above, have x-shaped iron legs that collapse for easy moving and storage. Leather and metal go hand in hand for a trendy but edgy industrial look. The leather seats on stools tend to be extra soft but will stand the test of time in durability and style. Leather stools go with many styles. Try pairing them with colors that contrast (like blue and black!) to make the leather really pop.

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10. Leather Poufs

Leather poufs are a trendy and practical way to add leather into a space. They’re extremely versatile pieces for any home and can be easily moved and used for different purposes. They make a great simple seating option, can easily act as a comfy footrest, or—in a set of two—can make a toddler-friendly coffee table alternative! They don’t have hard edges or sharp corners and tend to be very durable for kids and pets. Some poufs will be more stiff than others—but even if they start stiff, they’ll get softer and patina over time. And those with a more structured, stiff shape may last longer too. They can come in a variety of colors—from saddle leather to white, black, or even some brighter dyed colors!

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11. Leather-Front Credenza

We love a good unexpected leather accent on furniture. Credenzas are solid pieces that are versatile and practical, so adding a leather front just adds a fun pop of texture. Leather fronting is timeless in style, but needs some care—so be careful not to scratch the leather when cleaning or if you ever move the piece. Leather like this is often much thinner than true leather upholstery. Look for an option with a texturized or patina finish. This will be more durable and will hide any imperfections from scratches or stains.

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12. Leather Counter Stools

Leather counter stools add an edgy touch to a counter or bar table. They have a simple elegance while adding a trendy vibe to your dining space. Stools are sat on a lot and need to be durable—so leather makes the perfect material for them. However, there are a few things to consider. Leather comes in a variety of colors, so you’ll want to make sure to coordinate it with the table and the overall finish of the room. And it will wear over time, and dyes from pants can transfer to the leather, so make sure to be cautious when wearing brand new denim! But leather is pretty easy to clean if you spill food. If your leather counter stools have a glossy or matte finish, you can just wipe up the spill and use leather cleaner to get it back to perfect!

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13. Leather Cowhide Rug

A more unexpected way to incorporate leather? A cowhide rug. They’re irregularly shaped and each one is totally unique and can really make a statement in your space. We love using them on their own, or as an accent rug layered over other rugs, since they’re very thin and won’t add bulk to a layered look. Cowhide rugs are also very durable—they can easily last 20+ years with minimal fading and shedding if you take good care of them. Though, while soft to the touch, they’re pretty hard to clean if your pet or child spills or soils them. Hide rugs come in a variety of tones and sizes, and there are plenty of beautiful faux hide rugs available at lower price points.

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14. Leather Bed Frame or Headboard

Whether it’s a fully upholstered leather bed or simply a leather headboard, leather beds add a cool touch to a bedroom. Leather is very soft but cool to the touch, making it a great material to use in all climates. And leather headboards tend to have some padding under the upholstery, which makes them comfortable for leaning against while reading or watching TV in bed. Leather also adds a unique material and texture to a bedroom while creating a timeless look. It’s a great material for accenting with either wood or metal. And since leather headboards and beds come in so many finishes, styles, shapes, and colors, they’re very versatile in terms of bedroom color palettes and styles!

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15. Leather Pillows

Leather pillows are a simple way to introduce leather into your space. Pillows add just a splash of color and material, so this is perfect for those who just want a touch of leather—whether in a bedroom or living room. Leather pillows are soft to the touch but need broken in. So, while they may feel stiff at first, they’re great investment pieces that will last for many years. They come in a variety of finishes, styles, shapes, and colors—and look great mixed with other fabrics and materials. And, since it’s such a small piece, they can be integrated with many different design styles!

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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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