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When people design the interior of their home, they often look to nature for inspiration. Think of rustic old timbers or rich woods, plants, pebbles and stonework. Many of us yearn to bring the feel of nature into our home but just don’t know the best place to start.

Well here are 3 simple ideas to easily incorporate nature into your interior design.

Water Features

Sasha deBretton shares her design tips for bringing the garden inside

For a really glamorous feel to your home, you might want to think about using a water feature as part of your design. The gentle sound of water tinkling throughout your home is both soothing and calming – flowing water is also good Feng Shui – encouraging positive energy to flow through your home.

Try placing a small water fountain on a side table or on a decorative stand in one of your rooms. Maybe invest in a large stone or artistic fountain for your courtyard or outside in the garden near an external door so that the sound of flowing water pervades your home.

Vertical plantings

Vertical plantings are becoming quite trendy now – and a cost effective idea is to simply hang dried plants or herbs in your kitchen – just think of the beautiful fragrances that will waft throughout your kitchen as well as the visual appeal they will provide.

Vertical plantings can add an extra dimension to your room and make it look taller than it really is. A lot of designers are looking for vertical plantings to give the effect of being in a leafy tropical surrounding whilst inside your own home.

Vertical gardens or green walls as they are often called are great for people who have small gardens or who lack a garden. You can find all you need to set up your vertical garden at specialist shops and you can arrange the plantings in various shapes and sizes to suit your space. Many office blocks now have large vertical gardens in their entranceways and they can look really stunning!

Natural Materials

Sasha deBretton shows how to bring the outside into your home - natural flooringsThere is no better way to add a fabulous natural look to your home than using natural materials. There are so many different types of materials that you can use – rich woods, wicker, rattan, jute and bamboo are just a few.

Hand carved wooden doors, stone columns and beautiful balustrades are a fabulous addition to any home and can create stunning natural lines that truly reflect the look of nature in your home.

Wooden flooring contrasted against neutral walls is always a good choice – throw in some comfortable furniture, stylish cushions, fresh flowers and a large open window to let the breezes flow through – and you already have a natural feel to your room!

So when looking for design inspiration – look no further than the natural wonders you see outside your living room window. Nature is full of beautiful and architecturally stunning materials – take inspiration from nature and bring a calming influence to your home.

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In last week’s blog we looked at six common kitchen design mistakes – from a lack of storage space to poor lighting and spending too much money! Today we will take a look at how you can bring a feeling of the outdoors into your home and add a touch of pizazz to your rooms.

Most of us love our gardens and we want out homes to reflect the natural, bright fresh feel of outside. But how do you accomplish this without spending too much money and getting it wrong?

Well Sasha from Million Dollar Makeovers knows how to renovate in style and on a budget! Her makeovers have made hundreds of thousands of dollars for her clients and here are Sasha’s top tips for you to instantly bring the feeling of the outside into your home.

Maximise natural light

Natural light

If your budget allows, replace small windows that prevent the natural light shining in with new large windows or French doors. To bring even more light in replace dark, heavy curtains with lighter fabrics or blinds to brighten up the space.

Make use of mirrors to bounce the light around the room and reflect the natural light streaming through large windows. Place a mirror opposite a window, either a large statement mirror or a grouping of four with frames that match your design.

Repaint the walls or use wallpaper with lighter colour tones – use whites, neutrals or pastels – all the cooler colour tones. Include these colours in your furnishings but also add pops of green or red to add interest in cushions, curtains or throws.

Layer natural fibres, textures and patterns

Think of interesting textures such as rope, stone or linen, lots of organic elements like cane, wool or rattan. Sisal, jute, hemp or seagrass are great for floor coverings such as rugs – they are full of texture, hard wearing and give that ‘out doors’ feel to a room.

Mixing lots of different textures and layering them can create oodles of interest in a room and give a calm, pleasing ambiance to the room.

Select natural flooring

Wood is an obvious choice for flooring and there is a huge selection for you to choose from today.  Depending on your budget and your preference you can use hardwood or laminate flooring. People with pets tend to use laminate flooring as it looks just as good as hardwood, is lower maintenance and doesn’t suffer scratches from pet claws. You can even use flagstones or cork flooring.

Use outdoor elements in your design

Use natural woods, brick work, rocks or pebbles to bring a dash of the outside and nature into your home. You can use a coastal theme to evoke the feeling of the beach and the cool sea breezes into your room – mix distressed woods, with pieces of handmade furniture or try woven materials with the occasional pop of rattan.

Of course the easiest way to bring natural elements into your room is to include plenty of plants that match your colour palette, making your room feel fresher and cleaner.

 

The Million Dollar Makeover team has won numerous awards for their high-end transformations and if you want to learn more, visit their website at http://milliondollarmakeovers.com.au/

 

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