“Like any trend, only do it if it feels right for you and your home,” says designer Lisa Canning. “Start with small touches like fresh flowers in a beautiful vase, or incorporate natural woods in a centrepiece -- or go bold with nature-inspired wallpaper or textiles if it works in your space,” she says.
Keeping it simple
Once you decide to start incorporating nature-inspired decor into your home, be careful not to go overboard. Though you may have a strong love for a certain flower or animal, it’s best to keep their presence to a minimum, to make a stronger impact.
“Balance when using any overtly themed trend is key,” says Lisa. “The tacky factor can go way up when you start incorporating literal interpretations, like statues of birds, bird nests and actual trees, all in one area. The look can start to get theatrical -- which might be great for some people -- but may not be the intention of most,” she warns. “Less literal approaches, like natural fibers and throw pillows in a nature motif, that can be easily changed are a great way to bring your love for nature into your decor.”
Is bold printed wallpaper for you?
You’ve likely noticed a trend in bold printed wallpaper over recent years. It’s common to feel hesitant before bringing this trend into your home, but Lisa says it’s easily adaptable. If you feel inclined to embrace bold wallpaper with a nature theme, go for it!
“I don't think you can ever go overboard when it comes to wallpaper,” says Lisa. “I would start with a small area like a foyer or a powder room. Or, in a larger space, a focal wall could be a great way to utilize this trend.”
Try adding a bold print to the wall behind your headboard in your bedroom, or one of the walls in your living room. If you have a two-piece bathroom or a small welcoming entryway in your home, they’re both great candidates for wallpapers with nature-inspired prints.
Trends to try
If you’re looking to add a touch of nature to your decor, Lisa suggests trying to incorporate colours found in nature. When selecting paint colours, accent pieces or fabrics, think yellows, greens and blues.
Florals are also a huge trend and can be easily added to your decor in fabrics. Throw pillows, table linens and shower curtains featuring floral prints are all great ways to display your love of flowers.
“Birds and trees have yet to disappear as a decor trend, especially in wall coverings and textiles,” says Lisa. “Owls continue to fill retailers shelves as desk accessories and ornaments.”
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