In the interior design industry we have seen a particular movement towards colours, shapes and textures that can be found within nature. This emerging trend encompasses tones of an earthy aesthetic such as bronzes, nut browns, dark chocolate, rust, burnt siennas and ochres as well as stoney greys, lavender, aubergine.

The style mimics the elements of nature, to bring some of the outdoors in and create a calming, luxurious yet laid back environment. This is further enhanced by the return of curves with softer, more free flowing edges and features that are usually associated with feelings of happiness, movement and connection.

We love this style not only because of the stunning colour palette, fabrics and finishes but because of it’s effect on our senses. As we have always believed there is now a raft of research to support the notion that your surrounding can directly benefit your heath and wellbeing. A recent white paper identifies how we respond to our surroundings and colour in two ways, emotionally and physically and that it is most beneficial to consider both when designing a room.

If you want to create this style in your own home, establish your favourite earthy palette. The wall covering can play a key role in this look, we love decorating walls with a plain textured wall covering. This instantly provides an inviting backdrop for the scheme to be built upon. If you are feeling brave you can opt for some of the rich deeper colours on the walls however if you’d rather stick to more neutral tones, go for textures like linen and polished plaster in more stoney colours. Some wall covering designs have gone as far as having a very distressed finish, almost the look of patchy unfinished walls, it packs character into the space however you always need to be mindful about the style of the house you are decorating and the rest of the rooms. A house needs to flow from one space to the other, so if you are just redesigning one room you may want to go for a linen texture rather than a paper that looks like rough patchy plaster.

Fabrics can add splashes of earthy colours like a moss green or a rust red in the form of a throw or cushions create a sense of warmth and an inviting effect. Accessorising the room can bring in further elements of the natural world such as stone vases, sculptures or rustic metals sat on distressed wooden tables or detailed leather benches.

We love large artwork to feature on the walls and if you haven’t got time to hunt around for the right piece, some painting can be commissioned in your choice of colour palette in a minimal, contemporary style, often abstract.

Lastly there is nothing that can be closer to connecting the interiors to nature by decorating the spaces with plants, which has been increasingly popular. Not only do they fill in a space with interesting colours, shape and textures but they create the calming effect of being in the outdoors. Carefully consider the style of room however, certain plants suit certain spaces, a large Strelitzia nicolai ( Banana Plant) for example suits a more modern space while a beautiful Olive tree can look stunning in a softer more tailored interior.