7 Ways to Use Natural Materials in the Home
Using natural materials for your furnishings and installations can create beauty out of mundanity and add form to your functionals. Elements of nature are strongly evocative, flexible in their design and purpose, and texturise any surface as a beautiful melding of indoor and outdoor elements.
Natural materials fit any design plan for a house. A cobbled wall and fireplace is the ultimate in age-old cosiness, while travertine tiles boast a luxurious modern marbled sheen for a more contemporary piece.
To top it off, they’re a sustainable model for home construction. Reclaimed wood is a booming industry, and reusing the material after the fact is simple. If you’re stuck for ideas on how to go about incorporating natural materials into your home, we’ve prepared a couple of simple, effective ones that are guaranteed to turn heads.
Facades and veneers
As obvious as it might seem after pointing it out, natural stone looks stupendous as a presented veneer to the front or side of a house.
There’s little in the way of artificial substitutes for the sheer complexity and evocation that a textured facade can bring to a house, and they can be as sandstone smooth or cobbled rocky as your preference.
A fortunate addition to installing a stone wall is that the process is a lot less labour intensive than it appears. With some experienced professionals and proper stone, it’s a relatively simple thing to erect and complete.
Either way, a rock veneer gives your house a striking front-piece, visible from a distance, that doesn’t look gaudy or put-upon. It adds colour and character, and it can go new-age or rustic.
For those of you looking for a stylised, natural look without restructuring the house, retiling your house with marble, limestone, or travertine tiles is a frankly gorgeous solution.
Nothing lays claim to elegance more than marble, and with good reason. Beautiful texturing has made marble the go-to piece for natural beauty from the Ancient Greeks to today. Travertine, for comparison, is the world’s most popular natural stone paver famed for its versatility and range of options, from a sleek black jet to a marbled mystery.
They’re amazing for refitting a bathroom that’s seen better days, retouching a kitchen that lacks character, or providing a cool kitchen floor for the Australian heat.
In fact, depending on where you live, a lot of places will be predominantly outfitted with tiled flooring outside of the lounge and bedroom. You wouldn’t settle for an ugly carpet, so why do so with the tiling?
As a patio
Paving a patio with natural stone tiles, or using them as a garden path, allows a natural look to filter a natural space. Whether you’re searching for beautiful stepping stones, or a plank of stone that allows grass to run through it, natural stone can achieve it.
In the right circumstances, a natural stone wall can double as a feature wall. They’re certainly eye catching, and juxtaposing them against the right colour scheme makes stone an attractive look to base your house around.
The be-all and end-all of snug living is the stone fireplace. Imagine cozying up on a cold winter’s night (okay, it’s Australia. A cold-ish winter’s night) in front of a brilliant stone fireplace and mantle. Cup of cocoa in hand optional, but welcome. Wine works too, either as a romantic night in or because of winter ache and job fatigue. It’s your house, right?
People pay a lot of money to get away from it all and rug up by the fire. Why not have it all year around?
Benchtops and tables
Whether as an entire piece, or simply as the benchtop, natural stone provides a durable focal feature for the room, drawing the eye to a mundane object as a beautiful piece in itself.
A very popular option among the current trends of minimalism is for practical objects to be, in themselves, aesthetic choices that influence the perception of the home. Having a necessity such as a benchtop automatically fill the niche of decoration allows you to save space on other areas that might otherwise be taken up by it.
Even if you’re not trying to bundle up your beauty together, it’s a cool, different looking piece that’ll be bound to turn heads.
Tables, on the other hand, have long been the purview of natural elements. Wood is the classic choice, but outdoor dining tables work quite well with fixed stone stools or slab table surfaces.