You’ve heard it said that your home is your castle, but your home doesn’t have to feel as cold as old castles can sometimes be. No matter what your design theme, whether you are redecorating the entire house or just one room, bringing the outdoors inside is one way to make it warm and welcoming for your family and friends. Let your imagination get carried away with these ten suggestions for bringing natural elements into your home no matter what the season.
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Lost and Found
Decorating with nature can be as easy as using items found on your vacations and travels. Shells, driftwood, or rocks can be displayed in cases, vases or on shelves. Not only will you have a conversation starting memento of your vacation, but you will also have a unique, one-of-a-kind treasure. Want more? Enclose your favorite vacation picture with some of your found items in a shadow box on the wall. Beach sand and shells, or pine cones and fall leaves that have been preserved in wax to keep their color. Or if you have taken a geocaching vacation, consider putting a map as the background and your found geocache items.
Green is the New Black
Green plants, especially easy to care for succulents, are another way of bringing a natural element into your home. They are so easy to grow, you can plant them in shells, driftwood, or even in a deep frame that hangs on the wall for living art. Brown thumb? Fear not. There are many hard-to-kill plants that are just as beautiful as some succulents. Terrariums are another way to bring a bit of living nature into your home, as well as kitchen herb gardens. For a show-stopping centerpiece, consider an indoor water garden of water lilies in a vase with rocks.
Decorating with nature doesn’t have to be three dimensional. Hang your favorite beach vacation photo in a frame made of driftwood or shells. Heading for the mountains for a ski vacation? Take slices of a birch branch and use them to frame a picture. For a different perspective consider macro-photography blown up to poster size wall art. Where a rose is suddenly a Fibonacci spiral or a butterfly wing becomes an explosion of color and texture.
If you want something that looks less like an alien on your walls that will complement a vintage or shabby chic décor, consider vintage botanicals and birds that you can download. Print them with a color printer on ivory paper, put them in a weathered frame and your friends will be asking who you inherited such beautiful antique pictures from. Pressed leaves and flowers are unique wall art that can be made to look vintage by adding the Latin and common names in calligraphy, either handwritten or as a font on your computer.
A Rose by any Other Name
While you’ve been focusing on bringing the outside in to decorate your castle with natural elements, don’t forget that you can make your yard an extension of your home. Not only can you create relaxing outdoor living or dining spaces, you can plant a variety of fragrant flowers that will bloom almost all year long. Bring their fragrance indoors by planting window box gardens on a window that opens, and around your outdoor seating areas. Your sense of smell is one of your strongest senses and frequently tied to good memories.
Saving that Nest Egg
Remember going on scavenger hunts as a child? Spring is the perfect time to look for remnants of bird eggs that have been carried away from the nest by a tidy mama bird. Save them because mid-summer or early fall are perfect times to look for bird nests that are no longer being used. Put them together under a glass cloche and you have a beautiful and creative display. Found feathers can be displayed in a vase, framed, or hung with thread from a tree branch. Shed antlers can be attached to a piece of wood and used to hold necklaces, key rings, or even used as a unique coat hook.
Looking for a piece of furniture that makes a wild impression in your home? Refurbish and upcycle an old chair with a faux animal print. Or consider a faux bearskin or sheepskin rug. Want something on a smaller scale? Throw pillows in an animal print fabric are perfect and can be changed out with the seasons. Succulents aren’t the only green art for your walls. Moss walls are becoming an art design trend that gives back more than you expect. One of the oldest forms of plant life in existence, moss is incredibly adept at cleaning the air and removing toxins.
Lighting Up the Night
Candles can create ambiance in a room, and by using natural and unique candle holders, they can also create a natural beauty. Crystals, geodes, and Himalayan salt pillars are beautiful additions to any room. For simple do-it-yourself candle holders birch, cherry, maple and other decorative pieces of wood, including driftwood and burled wood can also make rustic and unique candle holders. You can also melt tealights on a candle warmer, taking care to remove the wick as soon as the wax is soft enough, and pour the liquid wax into a shell, replacing the wick into the wax before it cools and hardens.
Climbing the Walls
There are many ways to bring natural elements of color and texture into a room. Grasscloth wallpaper is one option and comes in a variety of colors. Home improvement stores can also match a paint color to your favorite flower, sunset, beach sand, or that sliver of blue sky that reminds you of your daughter’s eyes. Want a unique one of a kind wall feature? Make a texture mural using sand, leaves or shells that you’ve found. By mixing beach sand with acrylic decorating paint and a water-based glue such as Elmer’s or Mod Podge, you can mold a design onto your walls incorporating items you’ve found, or photographs.
Wooden It Be Lovely
Really want to go out on a limb? Live-edge and raw wood can offer you one of a kind decorating options for doors, tables, shelves, frames for mirrors, headboards, and even flooring. Driftwood glued around a large balloon can become a globe for a hanging light once the balloon is popped. A unique piece of wood, like a manzanita branch, can become art on the wall just by itself. Slices of wood become drink coasters or plate chargers on your dining table. With an inexpensive wood burner, they can also become ornaments or name cards for your holiday dinner.
Small water fountains on a coffee table to provide a relaxing sound. Wind chimes perfectly tuned to Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini hung just outside a door to provide a hint of classical music on the air. No matter how you choose to decorate your home with natural elements, from simple DIY projects, vacation memories, or complex art projects there are resources and ideas just outside your door. The possibilities are as endless as the stars in the sky.
About the Author:
Kacey Mya Bradley is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.” Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
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