By: Jeremiah Brent
As a decorator I am always asked what the key, or secret, is to creating the “perfect” room. The irony is there is no such thing as perfect — both in life and especially when it comes to design.
The truth is that a well-designed room — a home that feels like a success — evokes that sense because it is the truest reflection of the people who live within it.
One of my favorite ways to make a home feel both layered and assembled is to introduce organic, natural elements. At the end of the day, nature is the ultimate background and bringing the outdoors in not only adds warmth, but subtle, sophisticated texture as well. These are some simple, inexpensive yet effective ways to do just that:
Home is in the Wild. I always try to have some type of plant or tree in every room of my own home. Think of interesting, out-of-the-box ideas to bring a natural element indoors. You can take simple glass vases like the ones I have found at Living Spaces, cut some beautiful branches from your own backyard, and arrange in the vase. More often than not they will actually last much longer than flowers, are available year around, and are a fraction of the cost.
Texture, Texture and More Texture. Rattan, rope, and other various natural materials are an instant way to help a home feel as though you have been collecting pieces while traveling to various and exotic places. Mix different wicker baskets with stone bowls, or even place a few natural crystals on a table in any room to help a space feel opulent, but not over the top. The trick is to stick with natural materials: stone, wicker, rope, crystals, clay and ceramics. You will be shocked at how much your space will feel like it’s coming to life.
Mix it Up. Some of the most beautiful and successful homes feel like a timeline of the lives of those who reside within its walls. Don’t be afraid to mix different wood grains and finishes. Start by introducing one piece of furniture in the room that has a variety of different finishes and colors in it. From that piece you can begin to introduce other woods grains, stains, and species to create a collection that will feel instantly cohesive and unique.
I love the Elements Collection at Living Spaces for its ability to add some history, texture, and depth with just one piece – your furniture begins to be part of a story and will look less like a set.
All creatures, big and small, rely on their home — their habitat — as their one constant place to recharge and to reconnect. For some, home is just a space, but when done correctly and effectively it has the ability to become a feeling.