Nature Calls

By Adrienne Heutel
In Feature, Style

From the great outdoors to your living room, nature is inspiring the latest trends in home decor.

 

As you come out of winter hibernation mode this season, it’s high time to bring a breath of fresh air to your home decor. Spring 2013 is all about creating an indoor oasis by mixing rustic textures and natural colors, accented with vibrant metallic sheens.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore designers Ellen Alvey and Beth Kreienkamp agree that the nature-inspired trend is all about layering. Excited about raw textures and silver accents, Kreienkamp looks forward to creating harmonious contrast by mixing materials. Alvey welcomes saturated colors such as tangerine, peacock and purple that pair well with the Pantone color of the season, emerald green.

There’s no need to totally redecorate a room to pull off the nature-inspired effect. Alvey and Kreinkamp suggest incorporating woodsy patterns and textures by switching in some new lamps, patterned pillows and area rugs, for a start. You may also add playful nods at wildlife through paintings, wall hangings and planters. Look for wood motifs and warm browns or reds to up the coziness factor, or use lighter neutrals as a base for bright pops of color. Either way, be sure to add a whimsical accessory or two to fully personalize your new habitat.

2/ ROOM TO GROW
Cultivate nature’s beauty in the comfort of your own home with a handful of these ceramic owl planters, graced with fragrant herbs or low-maintenance succulents. Available at Good Works, The Loop, 314.726.2233.

3/ DIVINE VINES
This two-toned Alif Alif vase is available in two complementary sizes, wrapped with a vine motif that appears gold on the outside and deep red on the inside. Fill with long-stemmed flowers or twigs for an organic accent to your nature-inspired room. Available at Niche, Downtown, 314.621.8131.

4/ WOODSY WONDER
Although this oversized lantern would not be suitable for lighting your way through a dark forest, it makes a great focal point for a room with its entwined branches and dramatic presence. Available at Savvy Surrounding Style, Ladue, 314.432.7289.

5/ GET TWIGGY WITH IT
The neutral color and rustic texture of these metal picture frames make them easy to incorporate a little woodsy character into any room. Available at Good Works, The Loop, 314.726.2233.

6/ OFF THE RACK
This lamp’s silver antler base, paired with a warm, wood-grain shade, makes a bold statement piece that’s sure to spark conversation. Available at Savvy Surrounding Style, Ladue, 314.432.7289.

7/ BRANCHING OUT
This room divider crafted from birch branches can serve to break up a large space, indoors or out, taking a more literal approach to the nature theme.  Available at Ashley Furniture HomeStore, Mehlville, 314.815.3300.

 

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Ceramic Owl Planters

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Alif Alif Vases

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Oversized Lantern

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Metal Picture Frames

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Lamp

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Room Divider

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Photo credit: Product photos by Carmen Troesser; interior photo by Anne Matheis; room divider photo courtesy of Ashley Furniture HomeStore

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