The “natural” look is one that has been popular for many years. And while this year we are still seeing the “natural” look take precedence in many Australian homes, we’re seeing a shift from the traditional look to a mix between natural and minimalist for what we are terming a “Natural but Clean” style.
The love of natural styles is sure to come from the comfort and warmth it injects into the home. Just thinking about curling up next to a fireplace on a comfy sofa with hot chocolates at hand on a beautiful timber coffee table will probably be enough to start relaxing! While minimalism is a trend pushing its way through the barriers, those lovers of more natural styles are now finding a harmonious mix between the two.
5 Tips for Achieving the look - bringing Natural But Clean into your home
Solid Timber Bases
The first word most people think of when they think of a naturally-styled home is wood - and that’s a great place to start when styling your natural home. Choose furniture in solid timber. This way, the natural grains will be accentuated to provide a warm and comforting natural look. This achieves a better feel than chipboard covered in a wood-patterned vinyl. Depending on where you shop, you should be able to find furniture of the same style wood to use throughout your home - for example, your dining table and chairs, coffee table, lamp table, bed, chest of drawers and bedside tables. Using a similar look furniture in the different rooms will provide a nice free-flowing feel to the home.
Image: Top - Coco Oak 4 Piece Queen Bedroom Suite, $749
Bottom - Coco Oak 7 Piece Dining Suite, $649
Switch traditional for more contemporary designs
Next, when shopping for your solid timber furniture, think about choosing a more contemporary or modern style over more traditional looks. Latest styles today are fostered with minimalism in mind and usually use clean, straight lines that are simple yet aesthetically pleasing.
When it comes to your sofa, rugs, cushions and other fabrics around the home, choosing natural fibres will help give your home a real natural feel. The big key here is not to go overboard with props (rugs, cushions, table runners etc). Keeping these to a minimum will achieve a more clean, minimalist look.
Neutral tones with splashes of latest-trend colours
As with all interior designs, colours play a huge role in creating the mood and style in the home. To achieve a natural, clean style, look at choosing a predominant base of neutral tones. With a more neutral palette, you can then dress the home up with splashes of the latest-trend colours. This year, these include Marsala and any purple or burgundy shades, bottle green, teal, yellows and navy blues.
Add greenery to bring the outdoors in
The final step in achieving a great natural but clean style is bringing some of the outdoors in. How far you take this is really up to personal preference, but anything from living walls or artwork to large pot plants or a greenery dining table centrepieces will help bring your home to life. Nothing speaks natural quite like nature itself, so add some greenery to really top of the style in your home!