Tip of the Week
Nature is bringing a breath of freshness into home decorating, but it's more than just incorporating flowering pots or opening windows. The latest home decorating trend features natural elements in the textures and finishes of furniture and accessories, giving homeowners an elegant — and often calming — result of blending nature and home living into a beautiful space.
Bring this elegance into your own home with the following tips:
• Exotic wood. Try rosewood or zebra wood — woods formerly reserved for custom furniture. As both new construction and remodeling projects embrace the open floor plan concept, cabinets are visible from several rooms, which makes it a style upgrade not only for the kitchen, but for adjacent rooms, as well.
* Organic furniture. Leave table tops in a natural oak wood finish, or incorporate driftwood into furniture or accessories. The pale gray coloring of driftwood combined with honey or pale colors used on other furniture or the walls is opening up spaces.
* Beautiful bathroom. The natural look isn't just for the kitchen and living areas; it's also perfect for the bathroom. Vanities and mirrors can harness the warmth of wood species using high-definition scans that are printed on the backside of the glass surface. The result: an easy-to-maintain material that won't be affected by humidity or heat.
A trend to consider: the Belgium-influenced neo-industrial style, which brings a softer, natural yet industrial touch to rooms. Combine wood elements with metal — even if that metal is a gold leaf.