Among the many recent trends in interior design, natural and organic aesthetics, those decorated with flora and tinged with nostalgia for simpler times, have become celebrated. While the aesthetic can manifest in a number of different ways, it is perhaps best seen in the cottagecore movement, a lifestyle and design that celebrates nature and seeks to bring it, and its associated activities, into the home.
For some, bringing nature into the home may simply be a literal pursuit and the modern popularity of house plants will testify to their intentions. However, to do so successfully, and without the need to keep a schedule for watering one’s collection, takes a little more consideration and investment.
Foundation Of Light
Before you bring petals and leaves into your home, along with exposed natural woods and wicker chairs, you need to lay the groundwork. For a home that embraces nature, this foundation is light. Specifically natural light. Without it, just as in the outdoors, an area will not prosper.
Houseplants will struggle to grow, rooms will require artificial light for illumination, and a home will feel more closed off to nature. So, before painting and decorating, clear your windows of clutter, swap your curtains out, and let the light in.
Embrace Ecological Design
A natural home must embrace the designs of nature, meaning that any plastics should be swapped out for woods and metals. Organisation should also err on the side of creativity and avoid feeling regimented. And, while empty space can be essential, emptiness, especially that of bland minimalism should be avoided.
Your garden space is an ideal gateway into a natural design and should be prioritised as such. Imposing modern restrictions onto your garden space, such as neat grass and organised flower beds is likely to have the opposite effect, leaving you feeling separate from nature.
Those who successfully bring nature into their living experience tend to buy log cabins and swap their neat lawns for wildflower meadows. By doing so, they encourage their lifestyle to merge with the natural world and not resist it.
Leave the Gadgets
The luxury of a dishwasher and an automatic coffee grinder might bring efficiency into your life but they can also detract from the relaxing respite of rural home space. Part of embracing nature, especially in the home, is also accepting slowness, grinding one’s beans by hand, for example. It may seem inefficient but, for the sake of a more harmonious lifestyle, that’s the point.
Work With Senses
Visuals are very important for a home, but one should not neglect other senses. Natural fibres and roughened wood surfaces have significant advantages or synthetic and tidied alternatives, embracing imperfections. Additionally, aromas play an important role and swapping out an artificial perfume for a bowl of fresh flowers or petals will transform your home quickly, helping it to entirely feel more natural.
Organise To Daylight
Working with the seasons, especially the daylight your home receives can have a huge impact on your lifestyle and sleeping pattern. Our homes typically remain static throughout the seasons, despite temperatures changing and light being less abundant.
Instead of forcing your body to adapt to different comforts, more simply consider embracing a fluid layout, one that changes to the needs of property during different seasons and weather.