Spending time outdoors and surrounding yourself with nature is relaxing and rejuvenating. Now more than ever, homeowners are seeking to replicate this sense of peace and calm inside their homes. In response, recent design and remodeling trends have been focused on creating tranquil environments that have the ability to counter the stressful lifestyle and socio-economic conditions we have been experiencing. One of those trends is incorporating natural elements into the home.
There are many creative ways to include natural elements, both real and faux, into your remodeling design. Here are a few of our favorites.
Rough-hewn unfinished woods. The true beauty of unfinished wood is its imperfections and untouched appearance. Bring warmth into your home with unfinished beams, a focal wall in your living room, or use select pieces to create a beautiful staircase.
Natural look engineered stone. For some, the price of natural materials can be budget buster. Fortunately, there are many man-made options that look just as beautiful as the real thing. Engineered stone countertops are a great example of a fantastic faux material. You can have the look of granite or marble in your kitchen or bathrooms and enjoy the durability and low maintenance that engineered stone provides.
Burnished metals. Gold, brass and copper bring richness and depth to space by blending perfectly with the natural tones found in wood and stone. Most recently, these metals are becoming an increasingly popular replacement for polished chrome and brushed nickel. Burnished metals become more beautiful with age and offer great design versatility, working well for traditional, modern and contemporary aesthetics.
Water. The sight and sound of moving water is very calming. It makes perfect sense that it’s becoming a popular inspiration for design. You can incorporate a water element with something elaborate like a waterfall wall or with something simpler such as a ceiling mounted rain head in your bathroom.