April 16, 2018 3 min read

Updated January 19, 2021

Nothing quite beats the great outdoors, but if you’re a nature lover, there are plenty of ways to create a calming and natural vibe inside your own home. Bringing the outdoors indoors is all about color, texture, lighting, and material. A few key items and design choices can go a long way, even if you can’t afford a full renovation. Try these tips and tricks from Furniture Fair to create a natural look that’ll make you excited to spend time inside.

1. Lean into a neutral color palette.

The first step toward natural décor is keeping the color scheme muted throughout. This will help create a nice flow as one room opens into the next. But it doesn’t mean you have to live in an entirely beige abode; instead, mix things up with a variety of calming earth tones, like moss, slate, a pop of robin’s egg blue—anything found in nature is fair game. 

faux plant 

2. Add lots of greenery.

Adding splashes of foliage to your home—whether real or faux or a blend of both—is an easy, instantaneous way of creating a natural vibe. Mix sizes, species, shapes, and colors to get the full effect. 

 3. Select furniture made of wood and other natural materials.

To maximize the natural look, skip artificial materials like metal and plastic and avoid colorful finishes and paint jobs when selecting furniture. Instead, opt for natural pieces which evoke a more rustic feel.

 wall art

4. Hang photos and paintings of scenes from nature.

In a perfect world, you’d look out any window and see a real live scene from nature—trees against a bright blue sky, a gentle river flowing, maybe a misty mountain range. If you’re not so lucky (and few of us are), don’t fear: to keep you feeling at one with the outdoors, just seek out a few paintings and photos of natural scenes to hang up around the house. 

 5. Take things up a notch with earthy décor.

Your au naturel decorating scheme doesn’t have to end with furniture and wall art. Spruce up bland corners with stylish tabletop décor. Flesh out the theme with a few DIY additions: place natural stones in a mason jar, branches in a vase, or a collection of crystals on a mantle or bookshelf.

outdoor dining set with firepit table 

6. Invest in outdoor furniture.

Nothing’s more natural than actually being outside. If you have a yard, a porch, or a patio, make the most of it by creating an outdoor living space for relaxing and entertaining. Just add a few strings of fairy lights and a couple of potted plants and you’ve got the ultimate outdoor living room.

 7. Maximize natural lighting.

Make the most of natural sunlight by keeping windows clear of furniture or other blockages, and forgoing heavy drapes in favor of light, gauzy curtains, or window treatments that will let in light.

 8. Use lamps to create a warm glow.

If your home doesn’t get much natural light, or if you want to keep things glowing after the sun goes down, opt for a series of well-placed lamps instead of harsh overhead lights. 


9. Accessorize with natural organic textiles.

Blankets, comforters, throws, and accent pillows made out of soft, organic textiles are a great way to complete the natural look—while adding a pleasant degree of hygge to your home. Then, sit back and relax!