When life gets hectic, you want a comfortable place to come home to. One of the best ways to make your home feel more inviting is to incorporate relaxing earth tones. At the same time, you don’t want the design to be boring. Whether you hope to completely redecorate the living room, or simply introduce a few subtle tones to your bedroom, use these tips from FFO Home for adding natural elements to virtually any interior design style.
Pick a Color Palette
When browsing paint swatches, keep the 60-30-10 rule in mind. This rule states that the walls represent 60 percent of your color palette, making it the most prominent hue in the room. Upholstered fabrics—including sofas and loveseats in the living room or bedding and curtains in the bedroom—account for 30 percent. Accents—such as lamps, throw pillows, rugs, artwork, and other décor—correspond to the final 10 percent.
If you’re aiming for a natural look, choose colors such as cool gray, light beige, or chocolate brown to serve as a neutral backdrop on the walls. Then, incorporate different shades of the wall color in your upholstered furniture.
Finally, choose an accent color or two for the accessories you tie into the room. A bold splash of color is important for adding interest and preventing the room from appearing too bland. For instance, dark blue or lavender goes with cool gray; copper red or burnt orange complements beige; and sage green or baby pink harmonizes well with chocolate brown.
Contrast the Walls and Floors
When selecting a wall color, consider what the existing floor looks like. If you have dark wood flooring, keep the walls a lighter color. On the other hand, if you have light carpeted floors, paint the walls a darker shade.
Contrasting colors prevent the room from feeling either too dark or too bright. You can modify the appearance of your floors without making a large investment by laying down area rugs. Darken up a light floor with a charcoal gray rug, or lighten up a dark floor with a cream-colored rug. You can also add contrast to the walls with paneling or wainscoting.
Incorporate Wood Accents
Think about the elements you see in nature. Wood certainly fits the theme, so include it whenever you can. For example, this beautiful sofa unites earth-toned chenille fabric with rich wood trim, making it the perfect addition to your nature-themed living room. Combine it with this wood-faced wall clock or rustic mirror for another touch of the outdoors in your home.
Opt for Textures Found in Nature
When it comes to creating a natural theme, texture is just as important as color. A leather ottoman, rustic barnwood chest, and antler-base lamp with burlap shade introduce pastoral textures and the feeling of being outdoors even while you’re inside.
Wall art is the perfect way to bring random pops of color into an earth-toned room. Scenic countryside images and animal paintings fit the theme. You can get creative and frame your own wildlife photography or drawings for an extra personal touch.
Buy House Plants
Foliage is an important part of bringing the outdoors in. If you love taking care of real plants, introduce a few to your home. If you don’t have a green thumb, no worries—artificial plants look beautiful and are effortless to maintain. You can find them among the assorted home accents available at FFO Home.
The warm glow of table and floor lamps adds to the relaxing, natural feel you hope to create. Be sure to choose “soft white” light bulbs that give off a more subtle yellow glow as opposed to “cool white” or “daylight” that have a whiter color temperature. This gives your home the feeling of being lit by flickering candles or a cozy fireplace.
Shop at FFO Home for Earth-Toned Furniture and Décor
A natural color palette in a well-designed home will always impress. It’s a safe choice for anyone hoping to create a luxurious, relaxing atmosphere that feels comfortable and looks beautiful.
Find many of the natural elements you’re looking for at FFO Home. With a wide range of attractive furniture for the living room, bedroom, and dining room, you have everything you need to change the look of any room in your home. We keep a vast selection in stock, so you can take your new furniture home with you the very same day! Plus, with the lowest prices every day and 0% special financing, we ensure your purchase is as affordable as possible.
Visit a location near you to receive superior customer service and expert design advice while shopping for the perfect additions to your nature-themed home.