Design trends: bring the benefits of nature inside
With so many of us looking to “be more mindful,” unplug from technology, or “go off the grid” to get back in touch with our natural surroundings, it’s not surprising that one of the design trends of 2018 is bringing natural elements inside.
From living greenery to the warm green, red, and gold colors of nature, we want to reconnect with what’s been missing in our ever-evolving automated world.
Relax and Unwind with Natural Stone and Wood
What better way to end your day with a long soak in a bathtub surrounded by natural stone that looks like wood? Combining natural elements and textures in colors you find outside is a surefire way to create a serene living space. Using the same tiles for the floor, tub, and walls makes the room look and feel soothing.
Living Greenery Provides a Breath of Fresh Air Inside
Indoor living plants are as beneficial to our health and well-being as they are aesthetically pleasing. A growing trend (yes, we went there) in home interiors, “living walls” add natural color and texture to any room. And plants help purify the air, uplift moods, and even boost creativity and energy levels. Many designs are easy to install and low-maintenance, too. Take a deep breath of that fresh indoor air.
Warm Reds and Velvet Make a Cozy Space
Warmer, bolder color palettes are making a comeback after the cool tones of the past few years. As are velvet sofas. Who knew? Velvet, which was typically considered a luxury fabric, makes this casual living space feel cozy and relaxing while a cardinal rug and throw pillows add to the warmth. Note how red accents add continuity throughout this gathering area, and don’t you just love the fall leaves in the vase? Grab a good book and settle in.
Copper Accents Add an Earthy Feel
Darker metals like brass and copper are in, replacing brushed nickel and polished chrome fixtures and accents in every room. Copper naturally has warm tones and an earthy hue, making it a perfect choice when paired with rustic wooden beams and flooring. This multi-level staircase brings natural textures inside, feels open and airy, and lets in light from nearby windows.
Stone, Granite, and Concrete are Always in Style
Natural materials add an organic element to any décor. While granite and stone have been a staple in many homes over the years, concrete tables, countertops and accent walls are edging their way in. This kitchen, with it’s concrete bar and natural wood cabinets, provides aesthetically clean lines and an inviting gathering area. The green seagrass on the upper shelf gives the room a spacious, lofty ambiance.