TREND TO TRY: NATURAL TEXTURES
The key to a comfortable and inviting room is a balance of different textures and materials. Picture a soft plush shag layered with a tightly woven rug. A woolen throw strewn over tasseled, textured cushions. A macramé wall hanging contrasted by the lush leafiness of a plant suspended from the ceiling.
This mish-mash of styles, colours, textures, and fabrics builds up to create an atmosphere that’s warm and cosy. As humans, we love being surrounded by natural textures, colours, and fabrics, and it’s this very presence of natural texture that can make a room feel so successfully inviting.
If you’re struggling with how to introduce natural textures to your home, or how to find the right balance between different elements, we’ve got you sorted. The following three elements, when introduced to any room, will immediately add a soft, bohemian comfort and flair. So simple, and yet so effective!
There’s nothing less inviting than a bare couch, and a couch with underwhelming cushions is not much better. The key to a warm and inviting space is comfortable seating spaces – ideally your guests would take one look at the room and want to collapse in comfort. Whether that’s a fluffy fur cushion, a cushion with silky fringes, or one with threaded tassels, textured cushions immediately bring a sense of softness and warmth to a room.
Your cushions don’t have to necessarily be made from natural materials to embody a natural texture. Go for embroidered or woven cushions, velvet, faux fur, tassels, sequins, and fringes for cushions that possess as much personality as they do warmth. It’s always better to have more cushions than less, and we encourage big piles of cushions that each display a different style, texture, or fabric.
What’s more cold and sterile than a bare wall? Feature walls do a good job of making a space more inviting, but there’s no better way to give your walls a bit of extra natural flair than with a textured wall hanging.
From tapestries to macramé and dreamcatchers, the opportunities to dress your walls with the inviting warmth of natural texture are endless. Go for wall tapestries made from natural materials such as jute, wool, or macramé for that soft, inviting, natural look.
Just because plants are faux, that doesn’t mean they can’t grace a room with their natural colours and textures! While many people love to care for real plants within their home, there are a lot of us who struggle to keep them alive. That said, there are also a number of beautiful plants that simply are not designed to be indoors – enter faux plants!
Faux plants are arguably the easiest way to add natural texture to a space and make a room feel more inviting. A touch of greenery or foliage here and there, a colourful flower peeking out from amongst the leaves… the addition of potted or hanging plants is transformative. From ferns to succulents and dwarf trees, you’d be surprised at how convincing faux plants are these days.
Decorate with faux plants on bookshelves, on the floor, hanging from the ceiling, decorating coffee tables, standing next to couches, in groups with other plants, and more. The great thing about faux plants is, nobody ever looks at a room and thinks: “There are too many plants in here”.
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