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A Home That Is Naturally Inspired - Inside And Out

Written by Redrow

18 Jun 2021

Introducing elements like greenery, raw wood and mineral finishes to your interior and exterior design not only looks incredibly stylish, but they have the ability to create a sense of calm and wellbeing.

Create kerb appeal with these 4 simple tricks

Starting with the front of your home, you can create kerb appeal with a few simple, nature-inspired ideas.

  1. Planters either side of your front door is not a new idea but you can take them to the next level by adding solar feature lighting, ensuring you create a welcoming entrance to your home after dark. Matt black is a great accent colour to use with natural materials and choosing an ‘up down light’ like these wall lights from B&Q, can illuminate your planters while also highlighting the features of your home. Choose structural plants that offer year-round greenery like yuccas or fatsias or go for a boxwood that can be trimmed into any shape you choose. Plant in a woven pot to complete the look.

  2. Wreaths are not just for Christmas – you can create spring, summer or autumn wreaths using seasonal foliage, florals and other foraged materials. For a simple summer look pair eucalyptus stems with soft pastel and white faux florals.

  3. Switch up your door furniture with naturally inspired pieces in on-trend brass like this fabulous pineapple door knocker from The Door Knocker Company.

  4. Another house front idea is to add a handmade macrame plant hanger. They’re a great way to add texture and colour to the front of your home. Brighten things up with a vivid ochre yellow hanger or opt for a deep teal to stand out against your brick or render.

Inject natural accents into your kitchen

The kitchen is a room where earthy elements feel right at home.  Alysha Alli, our in-house interior designer, says: “Herb pots bring freshness and beautiful aromas to your kitchen, while washed oak or wooden shelves painted in your feature colour with trailing foliage can decorate your kitchen or utility room walls.

“Bring in natural textures through tactile earthenware pots, tall white ceramics and rippled glass effect vases that create movement with light.

“Roman blinds are a great addition to any nature inspired room and look great in a kitchen. Opt for a plain neutral tone with a contrast bottom band, tying in your accent feature colour, or an organic print in the sun-baked hues of the season,” Alysha says. 

We love creating textured feature walls in our show home lounges with a woven wall coverings in subtle neutrals with an added shimmer thread or a feature colour in the weave

Bring your lounge to life

Your lounge  should be a place where you come to unwind and reflect on your busy day - a place of tranquillity where natural materials can blend with timeless elegance. 

Alysha says: “We love creating textured feature walls in our show home lounges with a woven wall coverings in subtle neutrals with an added shimmer thread or a feature colour in the weave. 

“Neutral sofas can be brought to life with pop of colour through scatter cushions. One of my favourite designer tips is to pair scatter cushions in a bold block accent colour with a complementary organic print and contrast piping to match your accent hue. Printed cushions with a block accent tone on the back are also a great way to give another pop of colour. 

“Scattered sizes of greenery like ferns and succulents can look great throughout your lounge and create further depth to your design. Mix heights and scales to create depth and movement to your space.”

Natural sanctuaries for sleep

A forest bedroom is a wonderful theme and perfect for young children. Woodland creatures and playful prints can bring joy and wonder for those of school age as they learn more about the natural world around them.

If you are designing a main or guest bedroom, you can incorporate natural elements more subtly through plants, fabric prints and beautiful organic textures. 

Alysha adds: “Your bedroom should feel like a sanctuary and the natural world as a interiors trend can reassure and relax us – perfect for a space designed for sleep.  We love blending soft grey/greens, with washed grey oak furniture and smoked or eglomise glass. Bring the outside in with pampas, bunny tails and pared back hand-picked stems. For a luxurious touch opt for a warm neutral curtain with a leading edge or bottom band in your chosen accent colour. Mixing metallics, marble and plaster/concrete textures also work well in a luxurious main bedroom suite, elevating the scheme and introducing elemental and mineral textures – two huge trends for 2021.”

The finest foliage for your bathroom and ensuite

Accessorising your bathroom  or en-suite with greenery enhances the space and looks striking against a bright white suite. Bathrooms also provide the perfect environment for plants that thrive in humid conditions. Cacti looks perfect catching the light on a sunny windowsill or group succulents together in different sized and coloured pots to create a layered look. If your bathroom doesn’t get a lot of natural light try aloe vera, which thrives in humid conditions and low light.   

For more interior design inspiration, make an appointment to visit your nearest show home. See our locations at www.redrow.co.uk