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It may not be warm enough to spend weekends lounging outside, eating alfresco dinners with the French doors wide open. You can however embrace the new season and bring a little of the outdoors in.
In the seventies introducing outdoor elements within interiors was firmly on trend. It’s no surprise with the rise in minimalist living, sustainability and the demand for zen spaces this popular trend is back!
Think houseplants, wicker and rattan furniture, ambient calm colours and natural textures. The shops are full of incredible nature inspired pieces, with many independent stores now also stocking fuss free indoor plants that inject a little life into the corners of your home.
You don’t need a huge garden or designated growing space to gain benefits from plants. It’s so easy to incorporate them into your home décor, populate an empty corner or create a unique feature with hanging plants or larger potted varieties. They introduce life into your home not only adding visual interest but also purifying the air, which is much needed with growing cities and advancing technology.
If you have muted décor, indoor plants can add a refreshing hint of colour to a space. If you want to create a Scandinavian graphic aesthetic consider large cacti or a darker leafed species such as a fig tree. Take a soft approach with gorgeous flowing grasses and ferns, they look fantastic in artisan ceramic pots or baskets.
When figuring out what plants you want to include we suggest taking into consideration your existing décor as you want to strike a balance. Traditional country interiors work better with rustic plants, wood piles and wild flowers as opposed to sleek modern interiors where bold, simplistic types are better suited.
Wishbone Chair by Hans J. Wegner
Artisan, nature inspired furniture has taken interiors by storm this year, seeing a rise in the use of raw woods, woven textures and simplistic designs. One of our favourite pieces is the iconic Wishbone Chair by designer Hans J. Wegner. Mixing a range of textures and natural materials creates stunning visual interest within a space, especially when the surrounding décor and colours are pared back. Softwoods and rattan bring elements of the outside in, complementing surrounding garden views.
Try mixing larger high-quality furniture with smaller inexpensive natural décor to bring the whole look together. Styled with indoor plants and undisturbed natural light a space can be transformed into a zen like tranquil sanctuary.
Natural materials and texture
Textiles and additional décor should follow the same rule as your furniture. Stick to natural fibres and materials especially when choosing rugs for your lounge or runners for the hallway.
There’s so many options to choose from, take these three stylish designs from By Mölle. 100% handmade and natural they add a soft tactile nature and an organic element to the room. Choosing jute, hemp or wool fibres doesn’t mean you have to keep it entirely neutral either, there are some gorgeous options from hand dyes indigo designs to warm earth hand woven pieces.
Colour inspired by the outdoors
Neville Johnson Colours
Inject fresh colour into your home with nature inspired hues. These fresh colours are not only easy to include in the home but create a sense of harmony within living spaces. When creating an outdoor inspired space, you want the natural materials and textures to take centre stage, bold colours detract from these details whereas neutral colours enhance textural elements. Scandinavians are well known for creating neutral layered, welcoming interiors like this, taking into consideration each and every subtle detail.
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Richard Smith, Surrey
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Cherry Murdoch, London
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