Despite the ever-increasing number of stunning man-made materials, sometimes you just can’t compete with the allure of nature. Characterised by unique forms, colours, textures and patterns, organic materials are stacked with distinctive features and offer a fail-safe route to creating truly individual interiors.
Whether you want to make a subtle nod to the natural world or let it dominate your room scheme, we explore how the industry professionals are making the most of Mother Nature’s offerings.
Embrace the earth
Image Credit: Laura Hammett
Selecting objects with exquisite natural tones, which blend beautifully into surrounding colour schemes, is one trick the designer uses to execute the look to perfection. Think brown objects against rich wood surfaces with antique brass edging. Laura Hammett also carefully considers the positioning of each accent, artfully placing them in threes or using standout pieces as solo focal points.
Remember, it’s effective to reference colours found in natural accessories into your room scheme as a whole. Think earthy browns, lush greens and ocean blue hues to achieve a natural look.
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Boscolo is another British-based design studio with a penchant for enhancing projects with natural and organic-inspired gems. In the studio’s beautiful styled spaces, the firm mixes mineral objets with striking sea fans and decorative leaf-shaped bowls. It also uses textural vases by acclaimed ceramic artist Alex McCarthy – complete with a left-to-chance crackle finish and spontaneous paint finish – to add a sense of organic beauty to projects.
The ocean is filled with treasures that promise to bring charm and intrigue to interiors. Starfish-inspired pieces, natural sea fans and sea urchin-esque accessories introduce interesting textures. Seashells welcome eye-catching silhouettes and mother-of-pearl accents deliver smooth, iridescent finishes.
Image Credit: Katharine Pooley
Available in all shapes and sizes, coral forms are ideal for playing with proportions. Follow Katharine’s lead by teaming your coral with colour-coordinating accessories of varying heights, such as a shapely ceramic vase and smaller obelisks.
Aside from looking out for ocean-inspired creations from these brands, remember to watch out for seaside treasures next time you’re strolling along the beach in case you spot the next natural addition for your interior.
Coral forms are ideal for playing with proportions
Animal motifs are also perfect for rousing thoughts of the natural world. Horses featured heavily in our SS16 collection and were represented in sculptures, bookends and paintings. These grand creatures instil a sense of nobility and statuesque quality to spaces.
Charming fawn sculptures – intricately crafted from solid iron – and a playful photographic hippo print also caught our eye this season, but don’t forget to consider creatures at the smaller end of the spectrum.
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