Outside Inside - Let Nature Lead The Way

Nature gets it right

Summer may be behind us now, but it left a little inspiration for us at Idyll Home. Whilst whiling away the hours on a beautiful Portuguese beach (life can be such an effort, I know!), I found several small pebbles in faded pastel shades of pink, yellow and grey and noticed how closely they matched the colours of some of our new linen cushions. That set us talking about how nature always seems to get it right.

 

Sense of peace

Much further than just the colours of nature, the textures and materials themselves can bring a sense of calm and relaxation to a room. Try mixing light woods with raw clean metals such as copper, brass or silver to achieve an authentic 'earthy' feel.

Evoke the sense of tranquil communion with nature achieved through a rustic lifestyle by finding simple designs such as linen cushions, hand-crafted pottery and natural wooden furniture, such as these bamboo tables from Tine K Home

Calm or chaos

The forces of nature can clash of course - think of waves smashing into the cliff-face or strong winds up-rooting trees. Far more common though are the complementary relationships between elements of nature - grasses, plants and trees building up a seamless, expansive landscape. It is this feature of layering and setting accessories against furniture and soft furnishings in a way that makes the whole greater than the sum of the parts which is the key to interior design for many.

Where chaos does creep in from time to time (such as the tropical storm which are kids!) there are of course several good storage solutions to quickly restore serenity, like these metal storage trunks from House Doctor

Changing seasons

Styles and trends come and go, it can be difficult to keep up. Nature moves with the seasons too of course and different moods are revealed as the months go by, but there is always the right balance - so whichever feel you go for, why not take a look out of your window to get a design lesson for free?!

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