As our focus on sustainable living deepens, more and more people are starting to consider adding eco-focused products to every aspect of their lives, including their homes.
Bringing the outside in has been a big trend in recent years, with the likes of Scandi and Wabi-Sabi interiors focusing on plant life, and for homes looking to upgrade or their spaces to include more natural materials, you’re in luck. Richard Eaton, Design Director at Poole Pottery, shares his top five tips for choosing natural home decor.
Consult your existing décor
There are plenty of beautiful, raw materials for you to incorporate into your home, including clay, rattan, and bamboo. But you have to be careful to make sure these new natural textures will fit seamlessly with your existing decor.
For example, if you are trying to achieve a modern look in your home, exposed brick walls might make your interiors look confused.
Similarly, if you have a loft-style kitchen, you will want to prioritise darker features over lighter ones. So, choosing counter materials and accessories made from deeper shades of wood, like mahogany and walnut, will mean you can still achieve the aesthetic you’re working towards, while also focusing on natural home décor.
Incorporate clay features
Clay is one of the most versatile materials we have access to. It is commonly used in the construction of buildings, and has been around for thousands of years, demonstrating its usability and durability.
Why not invite it into your home?
Clay is particularly flexible when put under the right conditions, and is the material that forms a kitchen essential – ceramics and pottery.
Items made from clay can be used anywhere in the home and can also add beautiful decorative elements. Similarly, investing in some beautiful and durable kitchen ceramics, such as plates, bowls, and mugs can complete your cooking space, while adding colour and texture.
Make use of bamboo
If you like your home to feel uplifting and spiritual, making use of bamboo can help.
Originally from China, this flowering plant has many benefits, including bringing positive energy, good luck, and harmony into your home.
If you’re looking to overhaul your dining area, trading your older chairs for some updated bamboo ones could create that fresh, natural environment you have always wanted. Similarly, if you want to grant your living room a new lease of life, why not upcycle your old coffee table and replace it with a bamboo side table?
However, if you want to start by smaller, simply adding some bamboo plants to your kitchen and lounge will look great, as will picking out some beautiful bamboo kitchen accessories, such as placemats.
Rattan is made from naturally renewable palm, which means it can add an exotic touch to your interiors. It is typically used to craft furniture, including sofas, small tables, and even storage ottomans, so you can be certain it’ll look great in a minimalist living room.
Consider rattan bread baskets, placemats, and charger plates to add decorative touches to your dining or kitchen tables. You could even choose to opt for rattan chairs with sustainable fabric cushions for those wanting to go further with the natural home decor look.
Choose organic cotton
Cotton is an extremely versatile material, meaning it’s a key feature for your natural home decor interior upgrades. But, when shopping for cotton, it’s worth knowing that typical cotton farming uses harmful pesticides and insecticides to keep insects away from ruining the material.
These then get washed away into freshwater habitats and groundwater, damaging local ecosystems. Instead, embrace organic cotton shopping for tea towels, bed linen, or cushion covers.
Organic cotton looks and feels the same as traditional cotton, it is just grown free of most synthetic chemicals – perfect for homes focused on embracing sustainability and environmentally friendly living.