(NC) If you’re looking to bring a sense of ease and calm to your space, turn to the great outdoors for inspiration. Here, Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore colour and design expert, shares how to bring the best of the outdoors in with inspiring design.
Taking inspiration from nature gives us permission to be comfortable with the imperfections in our homes. “Give any room a natural and relaxed feel by choosing textiles like linen that look their most inviting when creased,” suggests Grech.
Other ways you can embrace imperfection include creating a simple mantle decoration with a piece of driftwood, or filling vases with collected pebbles and a single candle. Celebrating the imperfect in your space will instantly create a sense of welcome for you and your guests.
Choose earth tones.
One of the most impactful ways to bring a sense of the outdoors into your space is through colour. “Consider a hue like October Mist CC-550, the colour of the year for 2022,” says Grech. “Inspired by the stem of a flower, this colour is the perfect support for other hues in a room and is an inspiring and soothing colour that looks beautiful with a variety of styles.”
Not ready to repaint a full room? Repainting a piece of furniture such as an accent table or just the legs of your dining table or desk with Advance interior paint can help bring subtle hints of colour to a more neutral space.
To bring a true feeling of nature into any room, look for ways to bring organic touches into your space. “Simple arrangements of greens can be a striking and stylish way to add colour,” suggests Grech. “As a bonus, greens can be a much more affordable alternative to traditional bouquets that focus on blooms.”
When you’re furnishing a space inspired by the outdoors, choose materials that evoke nature like wood, wicker and rattan.