Living in a big city is fun and exciting – being surrounded by the hustle and bustle, and high energy in a world that never seems to sleep. No matter how far you go from it, the addiction to city life always seems to pull you back. However, over extended periods, the breakneck pace and monotony of it can get to you.
One of the reasons city life can become dreary is that humans have an innate affinity for nature. Yet there is very little of it in urban areas. An increasing number of people turn to their homes as a shelter from the concrete jungle outside by opting for organic interior designs. These designs will add a feel of nature to your home, allowing you to get a break from the hectic city life outside. But not everyone knows how to create an organic interior design while living in a big city. The good news is that we have got you covered with some fantastic tips and tricks to create such a design.
Here are a few ways in which you can give your home’s interior a touch of nature:
The first thing to consider is the materials you would like to use. It only makes sense to choose from the large variety of natural elements available, such as wood, cotton, or leather. It is also a good idea to use natural rocks to add rugged beauty to your sitting space or bedroom. If you care about sustainability and protecting the earth’s limited resources, you would like to know that many of these materials are available, recycled, or repurposed from other buildings, furniture, etc.
Wood is remarkably versatile. There are several species such as teak or mahogany, each with its own look. They can also be polished to give them a more marble-like appearance or intentionally left imperfect to make the interior feel more rustic.
Furniture serves both functionality and visual appeal. Wooden furniture fits best in an organic interior. You could go for handcrafted, artisan furniture to give a contemporary look or an antique set if you want a throwback to the good old days.
Most spaces that we live in are boxy with an abundance of straight lines. Furniture can be used to help break that uniformity. Instead of picking geometric shapes, curves can add more visual appeal to your home’s interior design. For example, you can choose a round dining table instead of a rectangular one, or a circular kitchen stool instead of a square.
On top of that, cupboards, bookshelves, and showcases add more variety to spaces. They can be used to display books, awards, pictures, and other decorative pieces. You may even assign a table for meditation hosting a mini Zen garden or a small water fountain.
It doesn’t matter how good your furniture looks if it sits in the backdrop of a bland white wall. While it’s totally ok to have milder colors, at least one wall in the room should give you something different to look at and draw your attention. Such a wall is called a feature wall. This could be painted a brighter color, play host to a bunch of artwork, or have an eye-catching wallpaper. A pro tip is to use old school clay bricks to give the room a countryside vibe.
If you have ever seen a portrait mode photo taken on modern smartphones, you understand the concept of depth of field. Essentially it means having objects at multiple focal points with one in focus. A similar effect can be achieved between furniture and the wall inside your home. The wall itself can have shelves, paintings, etc. to create an organic and pleasing image.
It doesn’t matter how the interior of your home appears if you can’t see it. Even the best interior can be spoiled by inadequate lighting. Thankfully, the brightest, cheapest, most environmentally friendly, and the healthiest source is natural light. Sunlight can be used to make the colors across the room pop and highlight your furniture.
Also, windows are the most common way to access sunlight; however, tunnel-like structures called solar tubes also come in handy. They direct light from the roof to indoor spaces such as a room or even a closet. Of course, there will be times where windows or solar tubes aren’t available, in which case efficient lights such as LED lamps can be used.
Put Plants Inside Your Home
Perhaps the most refreshing sight you could add to your interior is greenery. While people have traditionally used artificial plants to achieve this, there is rising awareness about various indoor plants that thrive on low sunlight. You could use these plants as alternatives to artificial plants.
The best part is that plants look great in almost all spaces. You could have a Chamaedorea or Chinese Evergreen be the first thing you see when you walk into your house. A Japanese Sago palm might work with your Arabian style living room, and a cactus or succulent may fit in with the bathroom décor. You could even add a dash of red by placing a dragon tree in your summer-themed bedroom to go with your Or & Zon bedsheets. The possibilities are endless!
Houses in big cities are often small due to high rent/mortgage rates. This is where the concept of creating spaces comes to your help. No, you don’t have to build a wall to separate your studio into separate rooms. Quite the contrary, the illusion of spacing can be achieved by organizing the house into functional areas.
It only makes sense that the area that leads to the house has a coat hanger and shoe rack. Instead of buying horizontal cupboards, buy taller, narrower ones to utilize vertical spaces. A floor to ceiling mirror makes an area look instantly bigger. Moreover, folding furniture can be stowed aside when not in use, and having your furniture a bit higher than the ground can create a usable storage room underneath it. Yes, it’s that simple!
Just because you live in a city doesn’t mean that you have to lose all touch with nature. If you can’t be near it, you can make it come to you by opting for organic interior design. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to break the bank to create an organic interior design. For example, you could try veneers instead of natural products or design one wall per room instead of all four of them. There is no shortage of options!