Bringing a natural aesthetic into your home can either be a full style choice, where the entire feel of a space is earthy-neutrals, or it can be a way to bring hints of nature into a specific design. Incorporating natural materials into any home is all about paying attention to the texture or pattern of a particular material.

Woven Textures

Many of the textures of natural elements come from the weaving of materials to draw the eye. As you design your space, you can either play up the woven texture of a single item by making it a larger piece and the only woven item in the room or you can play it down by layering various woven textures in the room until it becomes the backdrop that all your other design elements will play against.

Rattan

Rattan made of palm-like plants that originate from Southeast Asia; its versatile uses signifies you can incorporate it into a wide variety of design styles. Natural rattan bar stools, rattan mirrors or rattan lighting are all perfect elements to add to a modern or transitional design.

Sisal

Sisal is best known for its durability, and it is particularly a favorite for area rugs, some of which are rated for both wet and dry areas. For an unexpected texture, consider using sisal wallpaper in your home, you might find that this weave will bring your room design to another level.

Linen

The understated sophistication that linen is known for is something you can really play up within your home. Whether you are looking for French country-inspired or a relaxed and unassuming linen pieces, it is a great way to pull in subtle texture and soft material.

Jute

Similar to sisal, jute is known for its durability and its ability to be woven into rugs or mats. Yet, jute is best known for its softer hand and nutty brown coloring making jute area rugs a desirable choice for homes.

Natural jute round rug

Natural Patterns

Whether it is flooring, furniture, or accent pieces, you will find a wide variety of patterns that are made in nature and celebrated in your home. These patterns can be as complex as the wood grain of your flooring or as subtle as the patina of your leather sofa, and each of these patterns is an opportunity for you to bring style and design into your home.

Bamboo

Known for incorporating the sustainable material itself into a design, and the sculptural pattern of its stalk and leaves, using bamboo in your home is all about how you interpret your design.

Cork

Similar to the sustainability of bamboo, cork is not only a great product for your environmentally conscious style, but it also provides a great texture and a smooth finish. You might know it best for the back of your coasters, but it also serves as a great wallpaper or flooring material.

Mango Wood

The darker tones and strong figuring found in mango wood has made it a favorite of designers. For both sustainability and beauty, mango wood is a popular choice for home furnishings and decor. Because the best mango fruit grows in the early years of a mango tree’s life, trees are harvested and replanted while the wood is still young and strong. Due to its color and rough-hewn look, mango wood is often paired with iron details that juxtapose natural and industrial style.

Overall, bringing natural materials into your home is all about pairing the right texture or pattern with your design style. Once you know the materials you want, it is then about choosing to either play those up as focal points in your space or layering them into the foundation of your design. 

Morgan Donohue is an interior designer who has worked on a wide variety of design projects. From creating cozy homes to grand hotels and everything in between, she knows design and what works. With her BFA in Interior Design and an MA in English and Creative Writing she loves to explore the history, the nuances of style, and the innovation of new ideas for your home.

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