Infusing your home with natural elements is a seamless choice for a coastal home. Plants, shells, jute, driftwood are not only elements you can easily find along the coast, but are all truly gorgeous materials to help infuse a bit of Mother Nature into your cottage decor.
Let’s explore some of these elements for nature-inspired decorating ideas you can easily implement right away.
Nature Inspired Decorating Ideas
1. Calm Color Palette
A calm color palette is key in order to truly showcase the natural elements. Muted tones will ground and unify the space. Luckily there are many gorgeous color combinations that can act as your base, such as this one from Jessica Colyer. You may also consider painting your walls in other soothing and calming hues such as warm beige, light grays, and off-whites.
2. Weave in Woven Elements
Woven elements are synonymous with coastal style! Woven pieces can be crafted from jute, sisal, rope, cotton, basically any natural material that can be crafted into something else by interlacing strips. We’ve seen woven materials turned into lighting, floor coverings, furnishings and so many other gorgeous options. With woven, your choices are limitless.
3. Feature with Furniture
Furniture crafted from natural elements not only stand the test of time, they have a very grounding feel. Consider pieces crafted from rattan, hard woods, and other natural woods or vines. Best of all, hand-crafted furniture from these materials comes in a variety of styles and looks, so it can easily fit into any type of decor.
4. Consider Out-of-the-Box Elements
You may not have considered oyster shells, driftwood, or burlap as featured elements but they make for stunning design! We’re lucky to work with amazingly talented artisans who frequently create beautiful pieces from items found along the coast.
SHOP Oyster Decor
5. Go Big with Greenery
Many studies have shown the health benefits of surrounding yourself with flowers and plants. From improved air quality to sharpening your focus, incorporating house plants into your home is a big win. Plants come in many shapes and sizes, so do it up and reap the benefits.
6. Bring the Inside Out
Not only have outdoor living spaces of late have become more high-tech and functional in recent years, materials have evolved to withstand the elements. The easiest way to for nature-inspired decorating is to bring the inside out. By opening up the space between your interior – such as your living room, dining room, kitchen or bedroom – you’ll have the best of both worlds, but be sure to decorate with items that are made for your indoor/outdoor space such as the Elizabeth Navy Indoor/Outdoor Rug shown above.
Infusing natural elements into your home decor is the perfect way to brighten your space and your mood. Don’t forget to shop Cottage & Bungalow for everything you need to escape to your home.