Design Trend: Nature-Inspired Decor
Photo By: Romo
© 2011, HGTV
© 2011, HGTV
© 2011, HGTV
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
Modern Floral Fabrics
Big, bold floral prints work equally well on curtains and bold-hued throw pillows. 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
Midcentury Lines, Natural Materials
This year, furniture makers are reimagining classic midcentury pieces in natural materials. The familiar shape of the iconic sunburst mirror looks fresh and unexpected when fashioned from reclaimed mahogany.
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.
Found objects like driftwood look especially current when surrounded by a modern space. A round mirror bedazzled with patinaed driftwood twigs lends an organic vibe to this graphic powder room. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
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