How to Style a Nature-Inspired Space

A bed sits in front of a large window with a green rug underneath. Outside is a tree-lined Australian landscape.A bed sits in front of a large window with a green rug underneath. Outside is a tree-lined Australian landscape.

Natural interiors are a trend we’re seeing more and more this season. Using naturally derived materials and organic shapes to create spaces that blur the lines between indoors and outdoors, where interiors reflect exteriors. Not just a treat for the eyes, this tranquil design trend helps us transform our homes into a place where we can restore our energy, become relaxed and rejuvenated, and be ready for what the next day holds.

From building your colour palette to choosing your final accessories, here are some simple ways to bring nature-inspired home décor to life in your space.

Print & Colour

A close-up of a bed with green sheets and a floral linen bed coverA close-up of a bed with green sheets and a floral linen bed cover
A green and white knit throw sits on top of a deep green leather chair. Multicoloured cushions are scattered around.A green and white knit throw sits on top of a deep green leather chair. Multicoloured cushions are scattered around.

One of our favourite ways to incorporate natural influences is through colour and print. A design like our Abbotson Blume Bed Cover is a perfect starting place for bedroom styling, with its botanical print and natural colour palette. The print is a departure from more traditional florals, showcasing a slightly abstract botanical print, which is perfect for bringing that raw, natural feel into your bedroom decor.

For our bedding, we want to keep this look feeling nice and calm. Rather than mixing prints, we’re going to pick up shades from our bed cover and do some colour blocking to keep our look from feeling too busy. With shades of green, pink, and violet throughout, it gives us a nice range of colour cues to play with when building our look.

Have fun pulling out your favourite shades — we’ve chosen Bayley Washed Percale sheets and pillowcases in the shades soft fern and rose, which provide that perfect pop of contrast. To ground our look, we’ve balanced our accent colours with some neutral-toned cushions and an Abbotson Linen Quilt Cover in the shade flax.

Playing with colour and pattern is a perfect way to add interest and dimension to any look — creating moments of intrigue throughout your space.

Styling Textures

A close-up of layers of cushions styled on a bedA close-up of layers of cushions styled on a bed
A close-up of a white and green chunky knit throwA close-up of a white and green chunky knit throw

Spaces without texture can feel harsh. We want our space to have a natural, lived-in feeling that’s warm and comforting, rather than too polished. It seems like an obvious choice for a nature-inspired home, but we always love to work with natural fibres. Belgian flax linen, cotton, wool, hemp — each unique and versatile in its own way.

We love to combine textural, matte finishes to really enhance that cosy feeling in a room. Try playing with different combinations — maybe a cotton velvet cushion on top of a linen quilt cover, or a chunky knit throw over a leather armchair. Textures tend to be more forgiving than colours when it comes to mixing and matching; sometimes the pairings that seem the most unlikely can make the biggest impact in your space.

Finishing Touches

A green and white knit throw sits on top of a deep green leather chair, next to a timber side table. Multicoloured cushions are scattered around.A green and white knit throw sits on top of a deep green leather chair, next to a timber side table. Multicoloured cushions are scattered around.
A modern, dark timber bathroom. A green and pink floral robe hangs from the wall, next to a stack of towels and a candle on the windowsill.A modern, dark timber bathroom. A green and pink floral robe hangs from the wall, next to a stack of towels and a candle on the windowsill.

Once we’ve styled our larger pieces like our bed and our lounge, it’s time to tie these spaces together and bring a cohesive feeling throughout the home. Start from the ground up. If your home has timber floors, you’re off to a great start. Otherwise, a rattan rug or hallway runner is a great alternative to introduce some natural materials.

Look for small pieces to style throughout your space. It could be a timber side table in the hallway, some handmade ceramics on display in the kitchen, linen curtains hanging in the living room, or a botanical-scented candle in the bathroom (a cute bathrobe makes a nice display, too). Picking up on these small design cues will help your rooms feel more connected and let that peaceful, natural feel flow through.

Styling smaller pieces makes it easy to change up the feel of your space, too. If you’re in the mood for some change, try switching pieces between rooms and letting different parts of your collection share the spotlight.

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