Decorating With Nature

Decorating With Nature

To create a wonderful atmosphere in your home for spring and summer there are some helpful tips for bringing the outdoors in. Nature tends to be a calming influence for most, especially for those of us who don’t get the chance to get into the great outdoors as much as we’d like. We are in spring and your home should stand as proud and tall as the tulips in your garden.

To create a wonderful atmosphere in your home for spring and summer there are some helpful tips for bringing the outdoors in. Nature tends to be a calming influence for most, especially for those of us who don’t get the chance to get into the great outdoors as much as we’d like. We are in spring and your home should stand as proud and tall as the tulips in your garden.

 

White and ivory are colours that make a frequent appearance in natural decor. This neutral background mimics the visual and contrast of white sand against the blue sea, daisies in the green grass and birch trees in our landscape. Painting walls, using objects or using soft furnishings in 2017’s Pantone colour of the year, Greenery, epitomizes bringing the outdoors in.

 

Floral, botanical themed fabrics and natural fibres set an outdoor precedent. These elements can be as simple as using a cool linen on your upholstery, the tactile feel of cotton or a warm saddle leather. Using a rug, toss pillow or drapery with an outdoor motif can create a soothing feeling for your home. Instead of bold geometric patterns, the fluid lines of flora and fauna can bring a layer of softness to your space. In the same regard wallpaper inspired by nature and the outdoors can be used on all walls for maximum impact or in one area/wall for a simple interchangeable theme.

A beautiful vignette is perfect to have a hint of natural elements without committing to the whole scheme. Select items that have a unique shape but keep the scale of the rest of the display. With our provinces access to natural materials from our rivers it is nice to bring that special piece of driftwood you have found and incorporate the memory with the arrangement. Proportion is key to a well balanced display, as seen in the image, the shape and size of the piece of driftwood matches the width on the books and the height of the candles.

 

What better way to create visuals that epitomize nature than with artwork to adorn your walls. For a personal aspect it is a nice thought to use your own photography of local scenes, these can be simply framed in driftwood frames or printed on to canvases. Artwork can really dictate how your home is curated. There is a wide range of art with textural elements of hand painted flowers, trees and seaside. Go bold with Art; it is a cost effect way to change your homes mood!

 

When we think of the outdoors the aromas of flowers, cut grass and night air speak to all our senses. Our sense of smell is directly linked to the part of the brain that controls emotions and memory and, as such, is possibly the most powerful of the five. In the home a great way to replicate these scents is to either have freshly cut flowers with greenery in your favourite vase, or use an alcohol based liquid burner, which can even aid to purify your air. The same goes for indoor plants, which can fragrantly clean the air for a happy, healthy home.

For all of the most up to date style trends for spring and Summer 2017 visit Portfolio Interiors where their talented designers can help you and your home in ways you didn’t even think needed to be!

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