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If your living space looks a little tired and dated, you may be looking for ways to refresh your décor and get your home looking back to its best. But, deciding on an interior design scheme for your property is not always easy. Interior design trends come and go, and you may be concerned that after redecorating your home, you may need to do it all again next year if your choices go out of fashion. If you are keen to take a timeless approach to your home décor and want to spruce up your home with a fresh new look, choosing natural materials is an excellent choice. Turning to nature for interior design inspiration is a great way to completely transform your home and create a calm and relaxing environment, and the best part? Being inspired by the beauty of nature and incorporating natural elements into your décor will ensure it never goes out of style.
Select Your Materials Carefully
Choosing furniture and fabrics for your home can sometimes be tricky when you want to create a natural look. But, searching for materials such as organic cotton, linen, wool, and leather is a great place to start. If you are feeling extra creative, you could try to source these fabrics and make your own throw pillows for your home.
Other materials to consider for your design scheme include natural stone, bamboo, and metal. Incorporating a mixture of these elements will prevent your interior from looking bland and ensure that it has a strong visual impact.
Introduce Natural Wood
Wood is everywhere in homes, but stripping back wood to its natural glory is an excellent way to make it a stand-out feature and showcase it as a beautiful object in its own right. Wooden furniture is an obvious choice, but wooden flooring, shelving, and ornaments are also ideal when creating a room inspired by nature. But, to ensure the natural beauty of the wood can be seen, you need to clean up the wood from anything that detracts from this. Using an iron stain remover to eliminate any unsightly marks on the wood is a great idea and will ensure that stains do not spoil the visual effect of the wood.
Experiment with Different Textures
One of the great things about using natural décor in your home is that it has an understated beauty that does not overpower the room. So, you can combine and contrast various natural textures and layer them up to great effect to create a stylish look without overwhelming your space. Using different textures throughout the room is also an excellent way to break up the various elements in the room and add extra depth to the design. Positioning a wooden bowl on a natural wood table sat on a wooden floor, is too much wood in one place. But, putting a woolen rug on the floor and positioning the table on top breaks up the scheme perfectly and showcases the different textures to maximum effect.
While dining rooms might be fantastic for hosting guests and getting down to the odd fancy family dinner, the modern need for things like home offices means that many of us are doing away with this design feature.
To make up for that fact, countless homeowners are instead seeking innovative ways to make room for this element, and many of them are doing so by turning to kitchen diners. To make it more likely that this interior transformation will work for you, we’re therefore going to consider just a few of the style steps that can ensure this space still flows, even as you merge it with what used to be your dining room.
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Tip 1: Keep it open plan
As well as creating a contemporary look and feel, open-plan layouts are fantastic for use in a fusion space like this, and can be invaluable for ensuring that each section feels as spacious and airy as you would like it to be. Specifically, individuals looking to make the most of a kitchen diner should consider removing things like cupboards that block the dining space, or even islands that limit the area in general (unless used as a table). While it does still pay to find ways to segment each section of the room using perhaps layout or materials, this more open plan approach then enables a far less clunky finish, where conversation and usage flow as they never would otherwise.
Tip 2: Consider your table carefully
Given that a dining table is the primary feature of any kitchen diner, it’s crucial to think carefully about your choice here. In particular, you’re going to want to consider things like the space you have to play with (e.g. would a breakfast bar be better than a table?) and also your styling in general. That way, you’ll be better able to take your pick of unique dining room tables which are guaranteed to work well in the area you have. Thinking hard about things like color schemes and materials can be especially useful for that sense of flow, ensuring that whatever table you choose, it looks like a natural addition to the room rather than a standout feature that doesn’t necessarily work.
Tip 3: Get clever with positioning
If your table is crammed into an awkward corner or shoved in the middle of your kitchen, then this space will never look as good as you might hope. That’s why you should also get clever with your positioning, either by keeping your table off to one side or finding a handy way to squeeze seating into even a small kitchen. Ideas like a breakfast bar that can double up as a kitchen surface, or even removing one wall of your kitchen cupboards to create a perfectly integrated little eating corner, will certainly see your kitchen diner becoming the envy of the street in no time.
Finding flow in your kitchen diner doesn’t need to be difficult, but it does require you to consider top tips like these during the design stages.
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