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Return to Nature This Spring

Return to Nature This Spring
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Spring is a time to embrace nature: birds serenading, buds sprouting on trees, the perfume of new blooms wafting in through open windows along with sparkling sunshine. While previous spring decor trends evoked nature by incorporating farmhouse ease into the home, this spring we’re going further by bringing nature itself indoors.

Whether you live on a sprawling rustic estate or in a sleek city apartment, you can relish touches—or swaths—of nature’s beauty in your home. It’s simply a matter of incorporating organic textures, sun-warmed colors, and floral motifs.

Handwoven of a jute blend, the Kali rug effortlessly brings organic texture as well as pattern to a room. The knitted Kelli pouf and the linen-upholstered Gillis chair are sympatico accompaniments.

Handwoven of a jute blend, the Kali rug effortlessly brings organic texture as well as pattern to a room. The knitted Kelli pouf and the linen-upholstered Gillis chair are sympatico accompaniments.

Textural Appeal

As you might expect, the on-trend textures come direct from the great outdoors. You’re apt to have already incorporated some of these: sisal and jute rugsgrass-cloth wallpaper, richly grained woods such as acacia, maple, oak, and walnut given only minimalist finishes, nubby linen upholstery, unglazed pottery, woven rattan accents.

While these materials easily skew rustic, they don’t have to. Natural-fiber rugs are now woven in a wealth of sophisticated patterns, including arabesques and diamonds. Unglazed planters in classical silhouettes or replicating ancient Greek and Roman sculptures dress up any space. Rattan and bamboo chair frames can mimic styles ranging from Chinese Chippendale to Mid-Century Modern.

Organic, yes, but also sophisticated, thanks to the sleek lines of the rattan Sienna chairs and the Liza slipcovered sofas. The Snyder rattan elephant side table contributes both whimsy and global chic.

Organic, yes, but also sophisticated, thanks to the sleek lines of the rattan Sienna chairs and the Liza slipcovered sofas. The Snyder rattan elephant side table contributes both whimsy and global chic.

Because the red ground of this traditional rug is faded, it balances beautifully with the rest of the soft palette. The same goes for the blues of the artworks, Vikki Chu’s Bust II (left)  and Camellias and Clementines by Emma Williams.

Because the red ground of this traditional rug is faded, it balances beautifully with the rest of the soft palette. The same goes for the blues of the artworks, Vikki Chu’s Bust II (left)  and Camellias and Clementines by Emma Williams.

Whispers of Color

It’s tough to compete with spring’s literal and figurative rainbows of color. Rather than try, why not complement the vibrant hues with quieter shades? That includes neutrals such as ivory, taupe, beige, and greige—the natural hues of many of the materials mentioned above.

Those who cannot live by neutrals alone don’t have to, of course. Go ahead and indulge in greens, yellows, blues, and even reds. But consider sun-washed, almost translucent versions. If you’re starved for color, opt for a large piece—a rug, a sofa, wallpaper—in one of these hues. Because they’re muted, they won’t overwhelm the space or fall out of fashion. Alternatively you can stick with neutrals on the foundation elements of a room and introduce more or more-vivid color with pillows, throws, vases, lamps, and other smaller items.

These vintage pillows in pink, brown, and rust brighten up the linen sofa but aren’t so vibrant that they detract from the texture of the woven basket that serves as a planter or the robust figuring of the wood buffet.

These vintage pillows in pink, brown, and rust brighten up the linen sofa but aren’t so vibrant that they detract from the texture of the woven basket that serves as a planter or the robust figuring of the wood buffet.

Flower Power

You could easily evoke the joys of spring without bringing florals into the setting—but why would you want to? If it’s because you harbor unpleasant memories of ditsy prints or aggressive wall borders, check out the latest botanical motifs. Neither overly sweet nor distractingly loud, Nathan Turner’s Palm wallpaper, for instance, features graceful fronds in colorways both natural (green on white) and fanciful (raspberry on blue). Flora-inspired upholstery ranges from spritely to painterly—when it’s not managing to be both.

If walls or sofas strewn with flowers seem too much of a commitment, consider throw pillows, bedding, or art. A candle or diffuser with a floral fragrance adds another layer of botanical allure. And don’t forget actual flowers, either real or faux (you might be amazed out how lifelike faux florals now are!).

 

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The print of the James accent chair’s upholstery is both larger in scale and more airy than floral prints of a generation ago. The Terrace floor lamp, with its rattan shade, counterbalances the chair’s refined frame with a touch of tropical texture.

The print of the James accent chair’s upholstery is both larger in scale and more airy than floral prints of a generation ago. The Terrace floor lamp, with its rattan shade, counterbalances the chair’s refined frame with a touch of tropical texture.

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