Regardless of the style of your home and the room-to-room design you have decided on, you can only further elevate the look of your living space by embellishing it with natural materials. The reason behind it is simple – natural materials just look beautiful. And no matter how much we, as a whole, have advanced in various fields, we have come from nature and to nature we strive to return, which is why we like to see and implement natural materials in our interior designs.
Many of these materials, aside from their aesthetic properties are also very durable, which is another reason they’ve been used in interiors for as long as they have. Listed below are some of the most popular ones.
Bricks and stones
The raw beauty of natural stone and brick can look amazing in any room, especially if the rest of the room – and furniture – boasts clear and precise lines. These materials can be used as wall décor to create an accent wall, or you can use them to give your fireplace some extra pizzazz. Since natural stone is so versatile, you can match it with any color, but natural brick looks best when matched with natural, earthy tones.
Bamboo is another natural material that’s not only beautiful but also very sustainable. Bamboo can be implemented in your design in the form of various elements, like window treatments, furniture pieces, decoration, flooring solution and so on. If you’re considering adding bamboo to your interior, do know that this material will instantly fill it up with Asian-inspired vibes.
Wood is arguably the most popular natural material out there. It’s used to make everything – from flooring solutions to furniture, doors, door and window frames, décor bits, etc. The beauty of this material and the instantaneous feeling of warmth it has the power to evoke makes it a very popular staple in interior design. Additionally, wood is extremely eco-friendly, sustainable and durable which is why it’s very commonly used for making external timber sliding doors. Aside from that, it can be reused many times in a lot of different ways, so it’s truly no wonder that it’s so popular.
Rattan and wicker
Rattan and wicker are another two materials similar to wood and bamboo. They are most commonly used to make woven baskets and outdoor patio furniture, but they are not uncommon in interiors either. Pieces made of these materials actually look quite cute in kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms, and they are an excellent choice if you’re looking to create a beach cottage kind of vibe.
Marble and granite
These two elements are a favorite choice for various countertops and backsplashes, as well as showers and flooring. Their natural intricate colors and patterns make them so versatile that you’ll definitely find something that suits your aesthetic. They are also very durable, and surfaces made of these two materials are very easy to clean and maintain.
Glass is another beautiful material that has a lot of different uses in interior design. From glass doors and walls all the way to decorative tidbits, this material is excellent at distributing light (windows, glass walls, glass doors…) and reflecting sound, providing a touch of sophisticated aesthetics to your interior space. It’s also very adaptable which makes it an excellent choice for virtually any room.
Different metals – iron in particular – are also popular natural materials commonly used to elevate the look of interior spaces. However, they are usually combined with other natural materials – metal and wood, metal and stone, metal and glass – for the maximum effect. Not only do various metals have amazing aesthetic properties, but they are also very durable, which makes them a perfect choice for the things you want to last you a long time.
If you really think about it, there’s virtually no interior space that doesn’t contain at least one of these natural materials. Since the dawn of time, people have been trying to embrace nature and make it a part of their lives, and it has never been more prominent than it is in today’s technology-filled world.
About the author: Tracey Clayton is a working mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”