Natural decor does more than just bring a sense of serenity into our homes; it invites a down-to-earth vibe that's pretty hard to rival. Often grounded in neutral colors and rich in textured textiles, the style can be synonymous with bohemian decor and champions the beauty of organic elements in design.
Incorporating this aesthetic into your home is about as simple as it gets. Embrace the staples, even if you're just starting out with one — think linens in muted tones, vibrant plants in terra cotta pots, and raw, unbleached wood furnishings where possible. Combine them all together, and you'll find yourself living in your very own oasis.
Need a bit more guidance? Read on to see how you can easily add a dash of natural decor to your own home without going overboard.
1. Pick a warm palette.
Spoiler alert: You're going want to heavy up on the neutrals. Stick to a set of earthy shades, such as beige, off-white, or gray to set the foundation for the bolder elements in the room. Note how the vibrant quilt in Emily Henderson's mountain house bedroom feels like a natural complement to the cooler tones rather than an outlier.
2. Invest in linens.
Consider it the signature textile of bohemian decor. Linens are a versatile fabric choice — they keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter — and can shine just as well in a modern space as in an eclectic one. Double up on the look with a linen sofa and matching throw pillow combination, like the one we spotted here on ILDN.
Get the look: Parachute Home Linen Pillow Cover, $29 - $49
3. Add texture.
Rattan furniture is a staple of bohemian decor and luckily, it's made quite a comeback from the '70s. Incorporate the material by way of a statement-worthy coffee table (like this one designed by Sarah Ellison), nightstand, or even as a bed frame.
Get the look: Sarah Ellison Design Paloma Table, $1,950
4. Lay the groundwork.
Whether it's a Moroccan rug in an intricate pattern and an equally alluring color scheme or a slightly faded vintage landing pad, a rug is essential to bohemian decor. Take Sara Toufali's living room for example, and see how the creative used the bright, red-orange piece to add a bold layer of interest to an otherwise neutral palette.
Get the look: D+K Renewal Moroccan Rug 020, $740
5. Buy a plant (or three).
Natural decor wouldn't be complete without a handful of potted greens. In fact, the more you can squeeze into your space the better. Follow the lead of Penny Layne Creative and pair them with rustic planters and set a trio, of varying heights, in an empty corner to transform your space into a certifiable paradise.
Get the look: West Elm Mid-Century Turned Wood Leg Planters, $179
6. Filter in bright colors.
If you're committed to the near-monochrome look, bring in a saturated element to define the scene with an energized dose of contrast. Use a jewel-tone throw pillow for the sofa like Ezz Wilson did in her living room, or a patterned quilt draped at the foot of the bed to achieve that balance.
Get the look: Hawkins New York Simple Linen Pillows, $85 - $120
7. Side with simplicity.
It's not always about loading a space up with plants and color. If you prefer a "less is more" approach, take a cue from this scenic nook from The Surfrider Hotel, and use an edited number of natural decor accents to make a statement instead. Woven lamps, a large jute rug, and a handful of fresh palm fronds can get the job done.
Get the look: Bloomist Mexican Fan Palms (set of three), $20
8. Pile on the pillows.
We know what you're thinking; There's nothing exciting about beige on beige. We would be hard-pressed to find a boho-inspired space that didn't include a sofa or bed with an abundance of mixed and matched throw pillows. This dreamy bedroom sitting area, designed by Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors, is a lesson in skillfully using natural decor such as textiles to elevate a neutral scene.
Get the look: Shoppe Amber Interiors Eleanor Pillow, $285
9. Put on the finishing touch.
Scour flea markets for vintage pieces that can act as a focal point in the room. Prop a colorful console or cabinet in an empty corner to create an eye-catching vignette or place an ornate mirror on top of the fireplace mantel for an elegant note, as Robert and Christina from New Darlings did in their Arizona living room.
Get the look: Anthropologie Gleaming Primrose Mirror, $498 - $1,548