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Why Natural Materials are Popular in Interior Design

Why Natural Materials are Popular in Interior Design

Humans have been crafting furniture for over 30000 years, and it is only in the last 200 or so years that we have progressed to faster manufacturing processes that involve synthetic materials. The Neolithic period saw an abundance of stone furniture pieces, while the 1930s moved on to Art Deco pieces made from plastics and metals, and, while natural wood has always been stylish, it is particularly on trend in the 2020s. So, what are the advantages of having more natural materials in your home like our ancestors did?

The Neolithic period saw the start of natural furniture

Art Deco style design uses more synthetic materials

There’s a reason all the antique furniture you see is made of natural materials like wood. It is durable and stands the test of time with a little bit of TLC, making real wood a worthy investment for homes everywhere, since it can last centuries. Best of all, you can vary which type of wood you opt for according to personal taste and often wood types are a good indicator of the period and place of origin. Darker woods were popular in the 70s and add a deep earthy tone to your home, which we know is on trend in 2023. Walnut and mango both add sophistication to a space, especially in dining tables to create a warm yet elegant dining room. Lighter, honey-hued woods like oak give a cleaner, more modern edge as often seen in Scandinavian designs.

70s interior design is making a comeback

Madison Dining Table in Walnut

Solid and veneered oak are very Scandinavian

Orla Square Dining Table

Scandinavian and Japanese interiors both heavily feature simple wooden furniture due to its calming properties. The value placed on meditative design is what unites these two styles and makes the Japandi combination work. Natural materials bring the outdoors in, which is super beneficial to your mental health as well as – perhaps more surprisingly – your physical health. This is due to reduced stress, increased productivity, and ease of relaxation that all come from biophilic design. In addition to these benefits to your wellbeing, it is thought that improved cognitive function, memory, and eyesight can all be associated with the presence of natural elements in the home.

Japandi style is proving popular

Bella Round Dining Table

Biophilic Design: Bringing the outside in

Living spaces thrive on relaxation and tranquillity, which is only enhanced by coordinated décor. The cohesiveness of furniture helps to promote balance and harmony which in turn provides comfort to the home dweller. Due to the universal nature of natural materials, it is easy to coordinate different pieces to make them look like they belong together and create a sense of unity in the space. Another advantage of wood and other natural materials is their timeless nature, meaning you can pair them with more modern accents to add a pop of colour or an extra edge. For example, a natural tabletop on metal legs can bring an industrial aesthetic to a dining room while still being able to match your storage and maintain a balanced atmosphere during your mealtimes. This timelessness of materials like wood and stone means that you don’t need to change your furniture with the trends; you can just swap out accessories and details to refresh your home décor to fit different design styles while the bigger ticket items remain consistent, especially thanks to their durability and ability to stay as beautiful as when you bought them for years to come. For instance, this decade has so far seen the resurgence of traditional design features in interiors, demonstrating how popular styles can be refreshed over and over.

Mix and match a variety of natural materials in different aspects of your d├ęcor for a sense of balance

Industrial Living and Dining Collection

As easy as it is to style wood, it’s no surprise that so many of us want its versatility in our homes. Its versatile nature isn’t the only reason it’s perfect in so many different spaces though.  By their very nature, organic materials are one-of-a-kind. No two pieces are the same, even if it’s the same product from the same manufacturer. Wood is prone to knots which occur during tree growth, as well as featuring grain variation according to the type of tree it was cut from and how it was cut, while stone varies in colour and pattern due to natural veining that occurs. Both of these materials are favoured in furniture manufacturing due to their functionality and practicality. No matter how ornate the design, these materials offer stability, easy cleaning, and sustainability.

Reclaimed wood creates one-of-a-kind pieces

Perth Wide Sideboard

Sintered stone tops always create different patterns

Toscana Grey Motion Table

The final – and perhaps the most obvious – advantage of natural materials is their environmental impact. For those who are conscious of their eco footprint, reclaimed timber is a biodegradable and renewable option, making them favourable to their synthetic counterparts. This facilitates quality craftsmanship and provides beautiful textures to finish off your home in a mindful and calming way.

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Posted by Kara Llewellyn
30th November 2023

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