HOW TO GET INSPIRED to Decorate with Nature in Mind!
I always consider nature when decorating, whether working on a large room or a small vignette in a corner. Come get inspired by keeping natural elements in mind to draw inspiration from.
To get inspired to decorate with nature in mind, look at LIGHTING, COLOR, MOVEMENT AND TEXTURES as a base of the inspiration. The organic feel with the contrast of the more contemporary clean look will provide a soothing balance. Nature based design is welcoming and brings an opportunity to stop and take in the space. Bring together a calming aesthetic in your decoration. Let’s look at the each opportunity next!
WAYS TO DRAW INSPIRATION FROM NATURE:
Draw inspiration from details in nature in a manner that is unexpected:
- SHAPES: Use soft edges in your selections.
- FEEL: Look at adding a throw or a soft color you would find in nature; blue, green or yellow.
- TEXTURE: Introduce a rough texture, such as wood texture.
- CONTRAST: Complementing textures or color. An example is a rough city concrete sidewalk with a plant or flower growing from its crevice.
- OUTDOORS: Bring the outdoor feel, indoor. A basket, a plant or flowers/branches.
- VARYING COLORS: Introduce a varied amount of color through material selection.
- LIGHTING: Think of a sunrise, sunset or lighting coming through a spot to create drama. A leaf, the color of the sky, the rough feel of a fallen tree branch or the moss growing along the walking path.
- USE OF VINTAGE: Create Scenes that bring memories and create a soothing feel.
Check out my blog post, 9 DECORATING INSPIRATION TAKEN FROM DETAILS IN NATURE. READ HERE!
INTRODUCE NATURE AS YOU DECORATE!
Introducing nature does make for a cozy feel and you can interpret this in many ways. Let’s explore each one through photos; To get inspired to decorate with nature in mind, look at LIGHTING, COLOR, MOVEMENT AND TEXTURES.
This is the fun part, play with the unexpected pieces you have in your home and create your own style!
Check out my post ‘7 traits of a Cocoon’. READ HERE!
Bring a Calming Feeling through the use of Soft / Organic Shapes and Materials.
Nothing is safe in my house, I look at changing anything that does not have that welcoming feel. The pendants I found on Amazon and just painted the builder grade hanging post black to make it look cohesive. It provides a great soft light in the morning.
I placed my lights on a dimmer to have more control since the light level in the PNW changes so much throughout the year. We are now in the season that is dark early in the morning. The soft lighting that feels like it glows through the wood pieces is welcome. Add a dimmer if you can, you will love it!
Remember that the small touches is what creates that connection to nature.
A sense of calm is the most important element. This can be easily achieved if you introduce wood materials or organic shapes.
At the end of the counter, I also introduced a mortar & pestle collection as a touch to bring focus away from the cold white counter top of the island.
These touches help transform the overall feel of the space to a more intimate and cozy one.
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Use of Textures providing Contrast just as is found in Nature.
For a more dramatic look create contrast between the texture of the materials you decide to use.
An example is to use rustic wood combined with clean clear glass. The contrast of the natural material of the wood against the contemporary glass and clean shapes will highlight the nature theme when displaying the plants.
The use of the neutral background lets the color stand out and become the main focus of the area.
Bring the Outdoor / Indoors!
For more on table setting and decorating with dahlias, check out my You Tube, ‘A Cozy Day! Harvesting, Table Setting, Dahlias‘.
Using flowers is an easy way to add color to your table setting.
I love the garden and highlighting what is growing. Changing a table setting is the easiest way to bring nature into my home. It is a great opportunity to change it around for different events.
Look at my post ‘How to create a Stunning Tablescape – as a Designer’, READ HERE!
Introduce Vintage with candles to Create some Nostalgia.
Think of a walk on the beach or the woods. The movement of the trees with light spilling through branches or the rolling waves with the sun reflecting on moving water. Both brings a feeling of being cozy in nature.
Vintage is the most fun to work with! You can draw inspiration from your family or an item you find while thrifting. One of my favorite pass times and even better, because Frank loves it too. We always have so much fun talking about what we found and reminiscing.
Using vintage pieces throughout the home, along with candles, will highlight the scene. The flickering light of candles adds a beautiful and soft movement to the space.
Check out my post ’11 TIPS for a great Candle Holder DIY CLAY!’. READY HERE!
We are so blessed to own many vintage pieces from our family!
Candles make a space become so much more intimate providing that nurturing feel that nature provides!
It is not always about materials, it is also about the feel of being in nature, that nurturing we all enjoy.
Bring Natural Elements through the selection of different Materials.
Texture does not always refer to a rough material. It can also mean natural, such as copper, combined with the textures of the spices, as well as the dry flowers. The art piece is added to create dimension.
The small detail of the cork on the spices combine with the glass and the spices themselves make a great contrast to the smooth copper pots.
For more kitchen decorating ideas check out my post ‘HOW TO DECORATE KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS’, READ HERE!
EXPLORE AROUND YOU AND GET INSPIRED TO DECORATE WITH NATURE IN MIND!
Look around right now and let me know what interesting item you will be using or what items have been a source on inspiration.
No limit to your imagination!
Your Cocoon Awaits you!
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Nice post, friend! So cozy!
Thank you Marieza!
Wow Melba!!! You really out did yourself on this one! Your photography is stunning!!! Love, love, love all of this!
Thank you Crystal! I am really enjoying photographing. Takes me longer lately, but it is so worth it. You are so kind to always be so supportive, but is because I surround myself with people that inspire me, like you!
I so much enjoyed every picture that you shared.
Thank you Paula!
excellent advice with your photos to help us out! thanks.
Thank you Linda!
Great info and, as always, amazing photos!
Thanks Carrie! Enjoying the photography part a lot!
Love all the natural elements in your decor. And your copper is so pretty – I’ve just started to collectu and use copper in our home!
I started collecting last year by buying the tea pot and this year I really wanted to add pieces to the collection. So lucky I found some that I really liked! I want to see your collection!
So pretty and inspiring!
Thank you so much Cindy!
Great Post…I always enjoy your photography! I especially like your floral arrangement.
Thank you so much Karen! I am so happy that I can still harvest a few dahlias from my garden.
Your photography is amazing, you are definitely talented. I have always wanted to try my hand at it.
Corine, you are so kind. Thank you for the kind words and go for it, just keep doing it. I have learned a lot the last year by just practicing. YOU CAN DO IT!
Beautiful photography, Melba. Your love of nature is inspiring and I’m looking out to my garden right now for ideas. xo
Thank you Juliet! Now I want to find that little piece of land. I am so ready!
Thank you for sharing all these great ideas! Loved reading your post!
Thanks Kimberly! I appreciate the kind comment so much!
The late summer/fall floral arrangement is gorgeous! We dimmers too. The light here changes so often throughout the day! Thank you for including my link!
Thanks Marie! I love dimmmers! They help so much to set the mood with our ever changing daylight.
You put together a super usable list for us readers to use! Well done.
Thank you so much Linda!
I love the idea of more nature, sometimes finding it in your own backyard.
That is the very best part of decorating with nature in mind!
Your photography is really stunning Melba. You really have an amazing gift. I am in love with your kitchen lighting!
Thank you Kim! Blogging has made me rediscover how much I love photography. I think is what I love most about blogging right now.
Hi Melba! I enjoyed seeing all the beautiful natural touches you’ve added to your gorgeous home! I am so impressed with your photography, every picture is amazing!! Blessings, Donna
Thank you so much! I am really enjoying photography and videography. It takes me to another world!