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11 wonderful nature-inspired decor ideas for your home

If you’re a nature lover, you may be looking to have a nature-inspired home. Perhaps you like the idea of natural home decor, or you have an interest in the benefits of biophilic design. Well, there are lots of ways you can bring nature into your home, whether you’re looking to do a major interior design change or just some natural accent pieces. In this article, I’ve collected 11 decor ideas inspired by nature that will transform your living space into a tranquil oasis.

  1. Incorporate natural materials.
  2. Create an indoor garden.
  3. Use earthy colour palettes.
  4. Let in natural light.
  5. Add water elements.
  6. Bring in natural textures.
  7. Use botanical patterns and prints.
  8. Add natural scents.
  9. Display nature-inspired artwork.
  10. Make use of organic shapes.
  11. Use sustainable/eco-friendly materials.

Nature themed decor not only gives you a beautiful living space, but it also brings benefits like reduced stress and a sense of tranquility.

So, read on for some specific ideas on each of these topics….

Decor Ideas with Natural Materials

A photograph of old barn board wood

To bring the great outdoors inside utilize natural materials, like reclaimed wood and stone, into your home decor. These can be new or reclaimed materials, and can range from elegant and minimal to rustic and chunky. Natural furniture made from sustainable materials adds a touch of nature to your living space.

A photograph of natural slate tile

Stone or slate tile on your floor, a stone kitchen worktop, or stone features like a fireplace or a stone wall, can create a sense of grounding and tranquility.. Consider adding wooden accents, such as coffee tables, shelves, or even a statement wall, to bring a rustic and organic feel to your home. 

To further enhance the natural vibe, incorporate natural fibers in your upholstery and curtains, such as linen or jute.

Incorporating Indoor Plants

What better way to bring the outside in than to bring some living greenery into your home. You can try the show-stopping living wall, or just some houseplants on a windowsill here and there. Not only do plants add a touch of nature to your home, but they also provide numerous benefits for your well-being.

An image of a large living wall in a modern home

Here are a few ideas to incorporate indoor plants into your home:

  1. Vertical gardens: Create a stunning display by arranging plants vertically on a wall or using a trellis. This not only saves space but also adds a unique focal point to any room.
  2. Hanging planters: Hang plants from the ceiling or wall to add a whimsical touch to your space. This allows you to utilize vertical space and create a lush, green environment.
  3. Terrariums and mini greenhouses: Bring a miniature garden into your home with these enclosed glass containers. They are perfect for small spaces and require minimal maintenance.
  4. Houseplants. If you’re on a budget, or want to act quickly, a simple houseplant in a ceramic pot can have quite an impact; from a small succulent to a huge palm.

If you don’t have a green thumb, it’s OK to use fake plants – although you won’t get all the benefits that real plants bring! – or look for plants that are easy to care for. 

Nature-Inspired Earthy Color Palettes

Immerse yourself in a warm and grounded ambiance by incorporating earthy color palettes. These palettes evoke a sense of tranquility and connection to the natural world. Embrace the beauty of warm neutrals, such as sandy beiges and creamy taupes, to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

Earthy colour palette with dried flowers

For a bolder statement, experiment with deep earth tones like rich browns and burnt oranges. These colors add a touch of drama to your space. Soft pastel hues, like pale blues and gentle yellows, can bring a sense of serenity and calmness to any room.

To truly bring the outdoors in, incorporate natural green shades that mimic the lushness of nature. Finally, rustic ochre tones, reminiscent of sunsets and autumn leaves, can add warmth and a touch of rustic charm to your home.

Paint manufacturers provide lots of inspirational palette choices, and with modern technology your local paint store can fix any colour you can think of, so use images for inspiration, or even mix your own colours (I did this to get the right shade of green for our kitchen cabinets!).

With these earthy color palettes, you can infuse your space with a sense of freedom and harmony with the natural world.

Maximizing Natural Light

To create a harmonious and airy atmosphere, maximizing natural light is key. Consider the strategic placement of windows to optimize natural light. Opt for larger windows that flood the room with sunlight, instantly brightening it up. Another option is skylight installation, which not only brings in natural light but also offers a breathtaking view of the sky. To enhance brightness, make use of light reflection. Hang mirrors opposite windows to bounce light around the room, creating a sense of spaciousness. Choose light-colored furniture and accessories that reflect light instead of absorbing it. By incorporating these ideas, you can effortlessly transform your space into a haven of natural light and freedom.

You can also maximize natural light by using sheer curtains or blinds that allow sunlight to filter through. This will create a bright and airy feel in your space.

Natural light coming into a room through sheer curtains

Adding Water Elements

This is not an option for everyone, and does require more maintenance, but adding water elements to your space can bring a sense of tranquility and serenity. Imagine the soothing sound of water flowing from a beautiful water fountain or the peacefulness of gazing at colorful fish swimming in a fish tank.

Indoor ponds can create a natural oasis right inside your home, while waterfall showers can make your daily routine feel like a luxurious spa experience.

And if you have an outdoor space, why not consider adding an outdoor swimming pool, dip tank or hot tub? It can become a refreshing retreat on hot summer days and a gathering place for friends and family.

Incorporating water elements into your home design not only adds a touch of nature but also creates a space where you can find freedom and relaxation.

The soothing sound of flowing water can instantly create a calming atmosphere. Consider adding a small fountain or a wall-mounted water feature to your home.

Incorporating Natural Organic Textures

Imagine walking into a space filled with the inviting warmth of natural wood, the soft touch of woven rattan, and the gentle rustle of linen curtains, instantly creating a sense of calm and tranquility. To add a level of sophistication to your home, consider incorporating the following elements:

  • Nature inspired furniture: Opt for pieces made from sustainable materials such as bamboo or reclaimed wood. This not only adds a touch of nature to your space but also promotes eco-conscious living.
  • Textured wallpaper: Choose wallpaper with organic textures like grasscloth or cork. These add depth and interest to your walls, creating a natural and cozy atmosphere.
  • Organic inspired textiles: Incorporate fabrics made from natural fibers like natural woven organic cotton or linen. These materials not only feel soft and luxurious but also bring a touch of nature inside.
  • Natural stone accents: Add natural stone accents like marble or granite countertops or a stone fireplace. These elements not only add visual interest but also create a connection to the earth.
  • Wooden elements: Incorporate wooden elements throughout your space, such as exposed beams or a wooden dining table. These add warmth and a sense of grounding, bringing the outdoors in.

By incorporating these nature-inspired design ideas, you can create a home that feels free and harmonious, allowing you to connect with the beauty of the natural world even when indoors.

Using Botanical Prints and Patterns

A William Morris print design

Using botanical prints and patterns can bring a sense of freshness and vitality to any space. Studies have shown that being surrounded by natural elements like plants and flowers can reduce stress levels by up to 15% (this is what’s meant by the benefits of biophilic design). 

So why not incorporate these nature-inspired design ideas into your home? It’s the perfect way to combine your own style with natural imagery. There are amazing wallpapers available now, with floral, landscape or leafy designs which can create a really bold look – great for a feature wall. You can also use botanical textiles for your curtains or throw pillows to bring a touch of nature indoors.

Consider investing in botanical-inspired furniture, such as chairs or tables with floral patterns or leaf designs. To make a bold statement, try nature-themed murals on your walls or opt for garden-inspired accents like vases or wall art.

By incorporating these organic textures and botanical prints, you can create a space that promotes relaxation and freedom.

Bringing in Natural Scents

An oil diffuser next to a plant

Create a calming and inviting atmosphere by incorporating the refreshing scents of nature into your space. This doesn’t mean a generic ‘Glade’ air freshener called “Mountain Air”, but rather shopping with your nose and choosing more subtle, genuine fragrances. The best option here are essential oils, but be careful as some can be harmful to pets. Use essential oil diffusers with genuine oils or fragrance oils, or use natural scented candles or wax burners. Fragrance diffusers are a wonderful way to bring a light scent to a room. These options not only fill your home with delightful fragrances but also promote relaxation and stress relief.

You can also make herbal sachets using dried flowers and herbs, which can be placed in drawers or hung around the house to release a gentle scent. Another idea is to create your own DIY potpourri blends by combining dried fruits, flowers, and spices. Not only will these natural scents uplift your mood, but they will also add a touch of nature to your home decor.

So go ahead and bring the soothing scents of nature indoors to create a space that feels like a breath of fresh air.

Incorporating Natural Art and Photography

By incorporating natural art and photography, you can bring the beauty of the outdoors into your living space. For example, hanging a large landscape photograph of a serene beach scene can create a calming and peaceful atmosphere in your home.

4 framed nature prints on a wall in front of two chairs.

To evoke a sense of freedom and tranquility, consider the following nature-inspired art and photography ideas:

  1. Art therapy: Display paintings or drawings that depict nature scenes to stimulate relaxation and creativity.
  2. Landscape photography: Hang prints of breathtaking landscapes, such as lush forests or majestic mountains, to evoke a sense of awe and wonder.
  3. Art installations: Incorporate natural elements like tree branches or dried flowers into unique decorative elements.
  4. Botanical art: Whatever your art taste you can find nature-inspired art that will look beautiful in your space. From vintage botanical illustrations to bold modern designs. 

With these natural art and photography ideas, you can create a harmonious and uplifting living environment that embraces the freedom and beauty of the outdoors.

Embracing Organic Shapes and Patterns

Now that you’ve adorned your walls with captivating natural art and photography, it’s time to take your nature-inspired design to the next level.

Embrace the beauty of organic shapes and patterns that mimic the wonders of the outdoors. Biophilic design, which seeks to bring nature into our living spaces, is the key to achieving this.

Start by selecting furniture that embodies the essence of the natural world, such as tables with tree-like branches as legs or chairs with leaf-shaped backs.

Consider incorporating organic-inspired wallpaper that features flowing lines.

Lastly, if you’re doing a major redesign, think about incorporating natural shapes into the architecture of your home, such as curved walls or windows that frame picturesque views of the surrounding landscape.

Incorporating Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Elements

Get ready to transform your living space with sustainable and eco-friendly elements that will make a positive impact on the planet.

When it comes to designing your home, it’s important to consider the environmental impact of the materials and products you choose. Start by opting for sustainable furniture made from recycled or renewable materials, such as reclaimed wood or bamboo. Not only will this add a natural touch to your space, but it will also reduce the demand for new resources.

Additionally, invest in energy-efficient lighting options like LED bulbs, which consume less energy and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.

For flooring, choose eco-friendly materials like cork or bamboo, which are renewable and biodegradable.

Implement recycling and waste management solutions to reduce your household waste and make sure to use green building materials, such as low VOC paint and natural insulation, to further minimize your impact on the environment.

With these sustainable and eco-friendly elements, you can create a home that not only looks beautiful but also promotes a greener future.

Be Inspired By Nature

Whether you’re looking to bring the outdoors inside, tap into biophilic benefits, make a ‘nature room’ in your home, or just use some natural decor to enhance your home, there are lots of different ways to decorate your home making use of nature-inspired home decor. I hope this article has given you some decorating ideas! 

Path through a woodland forest