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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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