The calming sensation that is given off on an afternoon stroll through the woods is relaxing and mutually energizing. The look and feel of the rustic outdoors is one of the latest trends in decorating, with more designers incorporating earth tones and patterns, warm lighting, and natural textures. It can easily be adopted into any home, giving it a more energizing and comfortable appeal. Here are a few ways to incorporate rustic nature into your space.

    1. Use Wood as a Staple Material

    Wood is one of the most symbolic natural elements there is. Wooden floors provide a nice base for a rustic home. Generally speaking, the darker and wider the planks the more authentic, as they provide a neutral approach for the rest of the home’s rustic design. Similarly, you can also incorporate wooden beams to help remind your visitors of nature at its finest.

    Wood can also be used as a finish or as a building material, it’s the most evocative of true nature. Bringing wood into the home, through floors, walls, furniture, or other items, has the ability to truly transform your home into a rustic retreat.

    2. Fireplace

    If you don’t already have a fireplace, this one can be a more costly upgrade. However, fireplaces add a homey, comforting warmth to a home. Whether built out of stone, brick, or rock, fireplaces are integral to a truly rustic home. What’s more woodsy than a wood burning fire? For a true touch of nature, the mantles can be decorated with pieces, such as pine cones or antlers.

    3. Wild Textiles

    More than often, this outdoor inspired style trend tends to incorporate wildlife, through taxidermy, antlers, furs, or hides. The best replicas to use are those that would be found in a woodland habitat, such as deer, bear, fox, cow, or sheep. These features and textiles are sure to make your visitors feel as though they’ve just stepped outside into a peaceful and comfortable space. Faux hides and furs provide eco-friendly alternatives to this design element.

    4. Baskets

    Woven baskets not only add texture, they make for simplistic storage solutions, helping to hide any unsightly items. Use baskets as a way to store logs near the fireplace, hide any pet toys, or even a cute place to store throw blankets.

    5. Textured Accents

    Bring in literal elements of the outdoors as well–if you happen to find an characterized rock, shell, or branch. Items as such make for an eye catching display in bowls, baskets, or on shelves.

    Incorporate accents and fixtures that call to mind the wilderness. Consider a driftwood chandelier, a coffee table made out of reclaimed barn wood, or even incorporate a birch-bark wrapped candle.

    6. Floral Elements

    Greenery doesn’t have to be artificial and covered with a sheen of dust–bring nature indoors by adding living plants. This is also a great thing to do in the cooler months anyways when temperatures reach 45 degrees–if you want to prolong the life of any favorites! For low-maintenance indoor gardening, consider succulents or rock gardens, they require dry soil and little water to thrive in. These are easy plant additions to give your home a rustic appeal and to improve your overall health with an increase in indoor air quality.

    7. Natural Lighting

    While rustic decor tends to incorporate warm, blending shades of various colors, natural light helps to illuminate those features. Natural light helps any room come alive and brings out the most natural elements of your decor. Open up the energy in the space by drawing the drapes when the sun has passed it’s peak for the side of the home.

    8. Adorned Walls

    Although a branch can provide a beautiful pop of character when hung on your wall, you don’t have to limit your artwork to rustic items you find outside. Incorporate earthy artwork comprised of botanical or Audubon prints to help draw together your home’s decor.

    9. Breathe

    One of the most important pieces of rustic decor is one that is often overlooked, adding in the scents of nature. A wood-burning fireplace gives your home a heady, smoky scent, while burning essential oils in a diffuser can add to the outdoor ambiance of your home. Consider incorporating smells like lavender, cedar, and balsam to remind your visitors of the calming outdoors each time they set foot inside your home.