There are so many design styles to choose from today. You can have a traditional style, modern style, farmhouse style, eclectic style and many more! Another popular trend is a more natural approach; not just with the products being used, but with the overall style of a space. A natural style gives off a comfortable, warm, feel-good vibe. Here are a few tips to have a "Down to Earth" vibe in your space:
Use Natural Products - Using natural, sustainable products is a good place to start when it comes to a feel-good natural vibe in your home. It will make you and your guests feel good that you are doing your part to help our earth. Also, just having some natural accessories in your home will help as well. Add houseplants, varying size twigs in a vase for a "bouquet" effect or other natural greenery from your garden. When you do use more manmade items, be sure they look like a natural product as much as you can, such as a faux fur for a couch throw. Use cotton fabrics, wool and wood wherever you can. Woven baskets or maybe some other handmade items can be used to store things and will add another natural touch to your décor.
Use Natural Colors - When you want to have that "Down to Earth" vibe, use only the colors that you see naturally in your particular environment. For instance, if you live in Kansas, using all the bright Hawaiian colors of the rainbow may not give off that natural feel you want, but use the more muted tones found in your particular area of the country. Another example is a south western type of décor. The colors are natural to the desert and the accessories are what you see naturally inspired by Native Americans prevalent in that area. If you live in a big city that has all sorts of cultures represented that you see, then find those natural colors that scream "Down to Earth" for you and your space.
Use Natural Smells - There are so many types of air fresheners out that to use today; however not only do some smell really artificial but they may even be harmful to you over time. Use things that bring a good natural smell to your home like a bowl of citrus fruit, cinnamon sticks or eucalyptus leaves. Lots of herbs have lovely smells and of course around the holidays pine can bring that natural cozy feeling. If you do choose to use air fresheners, be sure they are all natural products and the same with essential oils. Good, natural smells not only make a space smell great, some scents can actually make you think better, calm your nerves and even give an overall sense of well being. Do your research and see what kind of smells you would like in your home.
There are so many things that you can do to bring a natural "Down to Earth" vibe in your home and still have it be a modern, in trend space. Of course it all comes down to what makes you feel comfortable and cozy, doesn't it? --Jen Lush