20 Designs That Let Nature Be The Star
This one's for you, Thoreau.
Today is National Simplicity Day in honor of Henry David Thoreau’s birthday. Thoreau was an advocate of simple living in natural surroundings. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up 20 designs created to showcase beautiful, natural surroundings.
Contemporary Outdoor Dining Room With Incredible View
With this breathtaking view, it wouldn't be surprising if most dinners take place outside on this porch than inside. The large dining table comfortable seats 10, making it perfect for entertaining or family gatherings. Sleek dining furniture doesn't distract from or inhibit the view.
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Rustic Open Plan Dining Room With Wooded Views
The floor-to-ceiling window walls surrounding this gorgeous dining room make the space feel as if it's floating among the trees. The open timber ceiling structure adds to the woodsy, natural vibe.
Contemporary Dining Room With Mountain View
This stylish neutral dining room features ivory armchairs positioned around a dining table and three glass pendant lights that hang from a tray ceiling. Hardwood floors and a brown leather bench lead the way to the space, while large windows offer a view of the picturesque Aspen mountainside.
Emily Redfield Photography
Contemporary Living Room Brings Nature In
Not only is the fireplace kept low, but the firebox also features a glass back, creating a seamless transition from the indoors to the out. Tone-on-tone patterns are used on the throw pillows and area rug to bring much-needed texture to the contemporary space, while a classic bust adds a traditional note to the room.
Details Bring Nature Indoors
All the windows in this home makes the space feel as if it is one with nature. The natural light that floods into each of the home's rooms gives the occupants a feeling that nature is just within their grasp. Even the floors and the coffee table help usher in nature, with dark hardwood flooring and a live edge table that reflect the raw elegance of the home's surroundings.
Lara Swimmer Photography
Wouldn't it be great to live here? You could enjoy the breathtaking views from the inviting living room sofa or from the patio lounge chairs on the other side of the floor-to-ceiling windows. On cool evenings, light the fire and warm up with the cozy fireplace.
Neutral Living Room Inspired by Nature
Designers Heather Hilliard and Fleur Keyes' concept for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014 living room was designed to complement the natural beauty seen through the generous windows. The curvy furnishings harmonize with the hills beyond, and a subtle wallpaper is indicative of stratified soil.
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Modern Bedroom Brimming With Natural Light
Large windows surround this modern bedroom and fill it with loads of natural light. Crisp white walls give the space a fresh, clean aesthetic.
Modern Master Bedroom Maximizes Natural Light
Countless windows fill this modern master bedroom with natural light, enhancing the room's crisp white walls. An exposed wood ceiling beam and brown bedding lend warmth to the clean, fresh space. Two chairs and a small table carve out a seating area that's perfect for morning coffee.
David Duncan Livingston
Black & White Master Bathroom With Ample Natural Light
A second-floor sunroom was converted into this master bathroom, which required a bit of creativity in order to achieve enough privacy to make the homeowner comfortable. The dark grout ties in the black windows, and the white soaking tub coordinates beautifully with the white subway tile.
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Naturally Lit Double Shower
This bathroom's coolest feature is the shower area. Lit by overhead windows and equipped with double shower heads, this area of the luxury bathroom is the perfect place to relax after a long day.
Contemporary Master Bathroom With Ocean View
Marble sheathes the floors and extends onto the tub deck and shower wall of this contemporary master bathroom. Large wrap-around windows provide spectacular views of the ocean beyond. Water from two waterfall faucets appears to pour into the tub from the ocean itself.
Studio 6 Architects
Contemporary Kitchen Sink With Brown Subway Tile & Large Window
This contemporary kitchen brings nature indoors with oak wood floors and white quartzite countertops. The stainless steel appliances and subway tiles provide modern, yet functional accents. The large window makes for a welcoming environment, and even makes doing dishes a pleasant task.
Minimalist Foyer Takes Advantage of Natural Light
A clean-lined console table in the entry sets the stage for the streamlined, modern aesthetic of this California home. Sheer curtains filter light and offer privacy, while expansive windows take advantage of the sweeping hilltop views.
The New Florals
"I'm seeing more and more florals inspired by historic botanical books, especially in cotton prints and wallpapers," says interior designer Lori Dennis. "It's like chintz in a new way." This isn't Grandma's floral wallpaper: Think large-scale patterns, vibrant blooms and big, bold hues. Photo courtesy of Romo
Turn Over a New Leaf
It's not just florals that are making a comeback: Plant-based motifs, like these block-printed ferns, are cropping up everywhere from bedding to wallpaper to throw pillows. Designer Jennifer Jones uses this slate wallpaper to add character and whimsy to this master bedroom without going too bold.
New Takes on Old Patterns
Look for fresh, pared-down versions of classic patterns. This organic bedding from Dwell Studio takes the concept of Old World chinoiserie down to the essential elements — birds, bare branches and flowers — to create a modern look.
A sexier sibling to large, unwieldy rustic pieces, streamlined furniture that embraces natural curves and imperfections is cropping up all over furniture showrooms. "It's a melding of midcentury lines in natural materials, like a bench made of a log that's split in half, with metal legs," says design forecaster Stacy Garcia. This lamp, with its slim, modern shade and rustic driftwood base, perfectly embodies the trend. Design by Emily Henderson
Forget smooth finishes — rough edges are in. From transformed wood pallets to reclaimed wood, it's trendy to celebrate wood's imperfections. This rough-hewn headboard in the 2011 HGTV Green Home is made from locally sourced pine.
Bring On the Faux Bois
Patterns that imitate the look of wood, known by the French term faux bois, are playful, current and right on trend with the resurgence of natural motifs. Since the color of wood is fairly neutral, faux bois wallpaper adds a surprisingly subtle texture to a room. Try a bolder print for a smaller piece, like a lampshade or this throw pillow.
Basket Weave Moves Indoors
Wicker and basket-weave pieces are common for the patio, but furniture makers are finding new applications for the woven look: wicker bed frames, patterned metal light fixtures and even painted furniture that mimics the look of caning. Create an outdoors-in vibe in your home by refreshing an existing basket-weave piece with metallic paint, like designer Erinn Valencich did here.
Sculptural Accents in Modern Packaging
Nautical accessories always look chic in beachy homes, but try them in stark white for a more modern take. Designer Erinn Valencich used coral-inspired vases and a barnacled lamp base to add textural interest to this bedroom nightstand.
A Touch of Whimsy
Sometimes a sense of humor in an otherwise tailored space can create a not-so-serious feeling. The juxtaposition of a white resin moose head against this bedroom's tailored walls creates a lighthearted element of surprise that's perfectly on trend. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn