Posted on June 19, 2020
Keep to one type of wood, or stone as the foundation to your room to help give a sense of continuity of design. You can then play with different textures in your soft furnishings.
Natural materials can take a little more care and maintenance – find the right products, or guidelines to keep yours in tip-top condition.
Often new collections on the high street are inspired by antique styles – go to the source and hunt our original 70s rattan and cane furniture on Ebay, or at local antiques showrooms for a fraction of the price.
Neutral, natural materials can be a great backdrop for a range of colour palettes – whether you go for cool, Nordic shades inspired by nature, or bright intense African-inspired pigments, they make a great versatile option to hang your room theme off.
Woven baskets are a great ‘entry’ into the world of woven homewares – these neutral seagrass baskets come in three sizes from Nkuku – great storage for toys, magazines, plants or shoes in a hallway. Great when ‘layered’ up with other colours and textures – you’ll find a million uses for them around the home.
Rundi seagrass baskets, from £30, Nkuku – stocked at Cornflower and Calico in Stroud.
Cotswold Luxe in Chipping Campden (and online) source pieces from around the world to create that ‘ecclectic luxe’ look. There are beautiful French rattan beds, one-off carved wood pieces of furniture with a Balinese feel, as well as smaller marble, stone and woven accessories to dress your space.
French Rattan bed, £1495, cotswoldluxe.co.uk
Perfect for a pool house, orangery or covered terrace – Hadeda’s range of timeless Malawi cane furniture is carefully sourced alongside a range of African artisan homewares by Chipping Norton based, Kate Kindersley, for her interiors showroom, Hadeda. Available in classic natural cane, or if you’re looking for a more modern twist, there is striking black or even the option to choose your own bespoke shade.
Cane lounger, £690, Hadeda.co.uk
Alternative Flooring in Chipping Norton have a full range of natural carpets including seagrass, sisal, coir and jute fibres. Hardwearing and providing a great neutral backdrop to your interiors, they are pair beautifully throughout the home with flagstones, or wooden boards to change the look and feel of your home.
The White Company
Natural linen fabrics immediately imbue a home with a relaxed, laid-back feel. Whether it’s beautifully crumpled bedding in French linen (H&M’s range is 100% linen and washes and wears really beautifully at a really great pricepoint) or a more formal linen upholstered chair like this one from The White Company. Look out for vintage French linens at antiques fairs, or ‘torchons’ (tea towels) that can easily be made into beautiful cushion covers.
Petersham Linen Union Armchair, £1400, The White Company (Chelthenham)