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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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.
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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.
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.