Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Adding Natural Texture: Part One

Do any spaces in your home just seem flat? Lately I've been on a mission to add some textural interest to our apartment. In part one of this post, I'll share with you some of my ideas and inspiration. Part two will be actual items I've added to our home.

This photo displays a few different elements that hold a big punch of natural texture.


The raw, unfinished look of this wooden table adds a very natural touch. It's sawhorse design is also out of the ordinary and makes the space casual and a bit eclectic.


I'm not sure what it is, exactly, about glass.. it just ads a very simple, clean sparkle to a room. It can be added just about anywhere because it doesn't clutter a color scheme, but adds a little sculptural shape.


Twine is a classic when it comes to natural decorating. As are twine, seagrass, or wooden balls. Throwing the twine balls into the glass bowl is simple, but makes a definite statement here. You can also combine glass & twine or it's cousin, jute, with the vases I mentioned here.


Can't get much more natural than something growing (or that appears to be growing)! The little tree in the above picture brings it to life and adds height to the vignette. I'm a big fan of real plants in the house, but if you just can't keep 'em alive there are a lot of options for faux plants. Just don't go too cheep or you'll end up adding a huge cheese-factor to the room!

My favorite faux plant is this one, that I bought for my office from Peir 1. You'd never know it was fake. [Please excuse poor quality phone pic.]


I love the ridges and lines in shells and stones. This particular one is from Z Gallerie. If your home decor doesn't jive with the beachy qualities of shells, stone bowls or vases can have a very similar effect.


This has got to be one of my favorite ways to add texture. But, since this post is on natural texture, let's chat about natural fabrics, shall we? Linen & Burlap are probably my two favorites. I'm using linen in a project I'm working on right now & have fallen in love. But, when you typically think of fabric, the mind goes to pillows & upholstery, right? This photo from Better Homes and Gardens inspired me to think outside the box. Pretty nifty idea, huh? Love it! You bet this got added to this project idea box!

Baskets/Basketweave Items

I love using baskets in our home! Not only do they add texture, but they double as GREAT organization! A lot of companies also make basket-weaved items, so you can get the texture that a basket provides in a different form.

Z Gallerie has a page devoted to natural items here.

For more links to natural decor, click on any of the following links:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

So, dear readers, what are some of your favorite natural details?


S. said...

when you come visit me in co, which i know you will someday, will you help me decorate? that would be great!! i SUCK at decoration. blah.

Embellished Bayou said...

I guess mirror fits in with the glass category? I love all the mirrored accessories out right now, especially lamps!