Picture of a kitchen with mixed metals and woods.

Mixing Natural Materials into Home Decor

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.

Natural wood kitchen island with wooden bowl accents and wooden beams showcasing how to incorporate natural design elements into your home
 Original image via One Kind Design


Mixed wooden elements in picture from Lauren Leiss's kitchen
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.

 stone and reclaimed wood in bathroom interior design

Via The Curated Interior 

Marble stone bathroom tiles and wood vanity for European home design

Via Pine and Prospect Home

Picture of stone coasters for home decor accessories

Erosion Coasters via The Loft 

River rock stone soap dish for home decor accessory

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 baskets for plant based home decor accessory

Rattan Basket via Amber Interiors Shoppe

Bamboo bench and woven basket for natural and plant based home decor

Bamboo bench via UK-based shop Sklum
Wicker chairs incorporating natural design element into kitchen design
Via Seeking Lavender Lane

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.

Chrome accents against marble stone shower for bathroom

Via Maison de Pax

Chrome accents like shown above are making a big comeback, as gold has dominated fixtures for the last several years. 

Antique brass kitchen accessories, lighting, drawer pulls, handles, and fixtures

Via Heidi Caillier Design

But if you're into warmer tones, antique bronze and brass are showing out, too!

Mixed chrome and bronze metallics in kitchen interior design


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! 

Image of beautiful artificial cherry blossoms in a kitchen.

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Faux lilacs in a smokey gray fluted vase, in a living room.

Faux white lilacs here

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.

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