When it comes to home decor, there is nothing quite like the warmth and texture that natural materials can bring – and interior design trends of 2023 show that bringing the outside in, so to speak, is here in a big way. From wood and stone to plant-based fibers and metallic accents, incorporating natural elements into your home's design can create a sense of connection to the outdoors and add interest to any space. Read on for tips and examples of how to successfully add natural textures into your home design.
Using Wood in Your Home Design
One of the easiest ways to mix natural materials into your decor is through the use of wood. Whether it's a rustic farmhouse table, a sleek modern bookshelf, or a carved wooden headboard, wood can add character and warmth to any room. In addition to furniture, wood can also be incorporated through the use of decorative accessories, such as bowls, vases, and candle holders.
Original image via One Kind Design
Picture of the feature on Lauren Leiss's kitchen in The Cottage Journal
Kitchen antiques via
The above photo is actually from 2012(!!) which goes to show that most things come back around eventually -- and that some things are just timeless.
Bringing Stone into the Home
Stone is another natural material that can add texture and depth to a space. Consider using a stone backsplash in the kitchen, a tiled fireplace surround in the living room, or a marble countertop in the bathroom. Stone can also be used in more subtle ways, such as through the use of coasters, trivets, and soap dishes.
Via The Curated Interior
Via Pine and Prospect Home
Erosion Coasters via The Loft
River Rock Soap Dish from Artefact Design & Salvage (just $10 each!)
Plant Inspired Home Accents
Plant-based materials, such as wicker, rattan, and bamboo, are another popular choice for home decor. These materials can be used to create lightweight and airy furniture, such as baskets, chairs, and tables, or to add natural accents through the use of baskets, trays, and decorative objects.
Rattan Basket via Amber Interiors Shoppe
Bamboo bench via UK-based shop Sklum
Metallic Accents for Highlighting Natural Elements
Finally, don't forget about metallic accents! While not technically a natural material, metallic accents can add a touch of glamour and shine to any space. Use metallic accents in small doses, such as through the use of decorative objects, accessories, and bathroom, kitchen or lighting fixtures, to add a touch of shine without overwhelming the overall design.
Via Maison de Pax
Chrome accents like shown above are making a big comeback, as gold has dominated fixtures for the last several years.
But if you're into warmer tones, antique bronze and brass are showing out, too!
Bring in Florals
Of course, we think florals go a long way in bringing the outdoors inside. Be sure to read through our Faux v. Real Florals blog post to get a sense of the best way to have a positive environmental impact with your florals (hint: faux's the way to go!). Adding florals and greenery are the perfect way to bring some life to your interiors!
Overall, mixing natural materials into your home decor is a simple and effective way to bring warmth, texture, and a sense of connection to the outdoors into your living space. Whether you prefer a rustic, bohemian aesthetic or a more modern and polished look, there is a natural material that can complement your style. So don't be afraid to experiment and have fun mixing and matching different materials to create a space that truly feels like home.