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March 10, 2014

Get Your Home Ready for Spring – Tips to Add Nature to Your Decor

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For many of us, it’s been a rough winter. Nonetheless, the first signs of spring are starting to peek through the white – days are getting longer, the sun is getting stronger and tiny buds can be seen on many of the trees. Nature is the source of all life, of matter and energy, so why not incorporate elements of nature into your home décor? In the past we might have suggested faux floral plants, wreaths and swags as natural elements in home décor; today, there are many more options for incorporating into design and décor, elements that will bring spring – and nature – into your home.  

In your travels, whether they be across the world or through your backyard, gather things like river rocks to fill a vase as a beautiful natural accent. A basket full of seashells, pinecones, seeds or fruits will also work. Twisting or tangled branches in a clear vase or as wall décor add interest and a hint of whimsy. Real, living plants can improve your air quality. Antlers add a rustic appeal but when paired with the right décor can be a great accent in a more modern room. A display of coral or starfish paired with books on nature and similar accents on a shelf is another possibility.

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Bringing nature into your home through your flooring and rugs is easy and fun. Bamboo flooring is popular, ecological and comes in a wide range of colors. I recently visited a new home where they had gray flooring; it was such a beautiful color and a refreshing change from what you normally see. Sea grass is on-trend right now: you can get sea grass rugs, lampshades, wallpaper, window coverings and more. When you start to look at sea grass, you’ll realize it’s versatile and can be incorporated with almost any style or motif.

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Wicker has recently made a major comeback, but it no longer the original “white” that we had in our kid’s rooms in the seventies. Today the trend is whitewashed, rustic-looking wicker or shades of tan and brown. It’s amazing how some wicker chairs and a rustic dining table can take you back to feeling like you’re at an outside picnic. Light, free, airy: wicker brings the cottage back home in a subtle, cheery way.

There are so many options, from subtle to structural, to bring the outdoors in. Weathered furniture and cabinets can add a natural feel to any room.  Exposed ceiling beams and washed wood paneling are being used even in new home construction. Using reclaimed wood used for headboards or as paneling pulls in a subtler outdoor feel, but pair it with light colored walls and neutral bedding and you’ll feel like you are at the beach.

Bring natural elements to your windows with Provenance Woven Wood blinds

Provenance Woven Wooden Shades

When it comes to window coverings, one of the most popular products is Hunter Douglas Provenance Woven Wood Shades. These high-quality shades are all made of woods, reeds or grasses and are the highest quality. They can be lined for added privacy and offer several different options as far as lifting systems and design. Using them within your home adds texture and depth: their natural design brings in nature. They’re very versatile: you can install them anywhere from a casual office to a formal living room: with the right furniture and accents you can create the perfect design.

Whether you decide to make major or minor changes to welcome spring, you’ll find it easy to bring the sunshine back to your home with a few changes to your décor. From flooring to shutters to accent pieces, natural elements may not make the snow melt any faster, but they will surely bring a bit of warmth into your home and your heart.

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