We’re loving this organic age where we grow our own veg, wear natural fibres and revel in the beauties of nature.
It all contributes to our sense of wellbeing – and now it’s time to bring the naturals into our homes, too.
Cushioned by cotton, supported by real wood and snuggling our toes into silky flooring, we’re getting closer to nature in the comfort of our own living rooms.
Some designers and manufacturers have been passionate about natural materials for a long time, of course.
Take those clever people at Ercol – their Studio Couch was designed in the Fifties by Lucian Ercolani. Today, it has all of its original appeal and more, thanks to a steam-bent frame in solid elm and beech and cushions in Italian linen brought bang up to date in glorious cherry red.
We think it looks fantastic with the shaggy, Aintree rug from Barker and Stonehouse, hand-felted in wool and art silk in co-ordinating red – guaranteed to warm up any wooden floor.
If wall-to-wall is more your kind of thing, you’ll enjoy the texture and feel of Simply Natural Grosgrain carpeting. Made in 100 per cent pure new wool, it’s woven from finely-spun yarn to create a resilient yet amazingly warm and gentle surface.
Light, neutral carpets can help create a sense of space and harmony in rooms of any size, thanks to their uniform colouring and light-reflecting qualities – they make a great backdrop to show off your statement pieces as well as adding a touch of luxurious comfort underfoot.
Speaking of which, we’re pretty impressed by the Oregon driftwood table lamp – its unique, twisting wooden base is complemented by a smooth brown cotton shade.
This lamp is a fantastic way to make a talking piece of a previously dark corner, adding useful mood lighting and a sculptural quality that’s both chic and unusual.
Another natural lighting alternative is our beautifully bohemian bamboo lanterns, which come in a choice of colours and sizes – group them together for subtle impact even when they’re not illuminated.
Natural materials go down particularly well in the dining room, where they encourage thoughts of wholesomeness and stylish solidity. One good example is the Forte range in oiled European oak – it has a rustic natural ambience and yet projects a contemporary sense of cool that’s easy on the eyes.
The key to bringing naturals together is to maintain a toning colour palette – not too difficult when you have so many neutrals, beiges and browns to choose from.
And if that’s sounding a bit on the bland side, don’t worry, it isn’t – simply add touches of texture such as deep rugs, luscious distressed leathers and retro patterning.
The Petit Pois cushion in cotton from Barker and Stonehouse uses an engraving-type label to good effect, and would add a hint of French styling to any sofa. Très bon – naturalment!