By Adria Saracino
Bringing nature-inspired elements into the home has been a growing trend over the past couple of years. From indoor waterfalls to flora, we’ve seen it all.
However, how do you make sure it is a modern interpretation and not too literal? The answer is to think about nature during the construction phase of a remodel. It’s all about a more subtle outdoor influence – concentrating on natural materials like wood and stone.
Here are three home improvement ideas for incorporating the outdoors into your home.
Utilize wood for more than furniture
Wood is one of the easiest ways to add nature to your home. However, it doesn’t need to be reserved only for furniture. Consider exposed beams and other structural elements that can incorporate wood, like walls, built-ins, and columns. By showing the structure of the home, it gives off an undone feel that is closer to its natural state.
If you are up for a new floor, consider installing untraditional flooring that utilizes natural materials. For example, choose cork or bamboo, which is not only sustainable but also adds a very organic feel to a space. Or try a unique flooring option like beech, which can add a unique patterned texture.
Stone is for more than a fireplace
Many homeowners are afraid to utilize stone indoors, rather reserving it for outdoor use or the typical small styled bath vanity countertops and flooring. However, stone is great for other structural options, such as walls. For example, use stone slabs to create a stunning accent wall that adds architectural interest and texture to a space. You can even play with mixing natural materials, such as stone and wood as shown above.
Adria Saracino is a marketer, blogger, and home décor enthusiast. She writes for 5.11 Tactical, which sells everything from flashlights to its signature 5.11 Tactical polarized sunglasses.