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If you love a fresh, clean vibe with warm wooden accents then Naturally Inspired is your style.
A Naturally Inspired interior is a simple blend of whitewashed walls, natural furnishings and organic accents.
Similar to Neutral Living, a Naturally Inspired interior LOVES neutrals and works hard to shine light in the gloomiest of corners.
Embrace a Naturally Inspired home style with these 5 important design TIPS!
How to style your home
1) A White Backdrop
It is almost essential to a Naturally Inspired interior to have sunlight bouncing off the whitewashed walls.
Add whites in bed linen, curtains and sofa covers as well as kitchen and bathroom designs.
Off-whites work best here. This will add softness and warmth to your Naturally Inspired home.
Pick paint from a brand that offers a description of the colour, such as Farrow and Ball (not affiliated, just a fan!).
I love Wimborne White, Slipper Satin and School House White as background colours.
However, always use a sample first!
2) The Contrast of Wood
The contrast of wood provides visual warmth against a white backdrop.
Matt lacquered oak in clear or grey, and pine or beech give a rich contrast.
Or try bamboo flooring and plywood kitchens for a pop of contemporary sophistication.
Alternatively, for blonder tones, opt for birch or ash.
3) Organic Colours
Wood has such warming tones against an all white backdrop that colour is only needed sparingly.
To accentuate the Naturally Inspired style, choose house plants and organic tones such as green or brown based colours.
Pinstripes or dotted charcoal in soft furnishings will break up any monochromatic corners.
4) Natural Accents
Natural accents against the white backdrop really stand out. Try adding wooden shelves to an all-white kitchen or bathroom.
Use simple bentwood baskets in a white IKEA box unit. Choose wicker or rattan baskets as planters and straw hats to accessorise. Natural flat weave rugs, linen lampshades and cotton floor cushions all add to the Naturally Inspired style.
Avoid dark accents such as mahogany and teak, or anything too orange-y such as heavily varnished oak and pine. Instead opt for an unstained, natural finished protected in a clear matt oil (I like Osmo) for the best affect).
5) Light and Airy
It is often considered that a light and airy home either is or isn’t. But there is a lot we can do to manipulate this affect.
Open plan, modern homes with lots of windows facing south are an easy bid for clean, clear and fresh.
However, this affect can also be achieved in a cottage or similar by addressing the dark corners.
Good lighting, white paint and light upholstery can go a long way in brightening up the space.
Or take your project further by ordering the
Homing Instinct DESIGN PACK for a comprehensive
HOW TO GUIDE
on achieving this style at home.
Homing Instinct Design Pack – £99
Each Design Pack includes
A tailor made palette of Canvass Colours (walls & ceilings) | Overlay Colours (focal point furniture/feature walls/doors/skirtings etc) | Accent Colours (cushions/accessories/small furniture pieces) | Furniture Style Examples and Supplier Sources | Layout Advice and Ideas | Soft Furnishing Examples and Finishing Touches