5 Nature-Inspired Decorating Ideas for a Soothing Aesthetic

Replicate the soothing effects of nature with accessories that bring the materials, textures, and colors of the outdoors into your home.

Humans are hardwired with the desire to connect to nature and other living things. This deep-rooted pull toward the outdoors is called biophilia, and it helps explain why a walk in the park can instantly refresh your mood—and why nature-inspired designs are one of the top interior design trends this year. Amid many months of pandemic-induced stress and gloom, we're innately drawn to the soothing qualities of nature, which can manifest in our homes through earthy colors, natural fibers, indoor plants, wood furnishings, and more.

earth tone living room with sectional
Jay Wilde

In interiors, these natural and nature-inspired elements replicate the tranquility of the outdoors, helping you feel calm and grounded without even having to step outside. Look for wood pieces with exposed grains, knots, and live edges, or incorporate organic texture through furniture with woven rattan and caned details. Marble and other natural stone accents with green, brown, or taupe tones can also add depth and sophistication. Decorate with these nature-inspired accessories to bring the feel-good qualities of the natural world into your home.

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Caned Console with Shelves

console table with cane doors and open shelf
Courtesy of Target

Sleek shapes give natural woven materials a modern update. This oval-shaped cabinet features curved doors with cane inserts for stylish hidden storage. Crafted from hardwood in a natural finish, it also includes two open shelves for displaying books or decorative accessories.

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Large Monstera Deliciosa

monstera plant in red pot
Courtesy of The Sill

Choose houseplants with sculptural leaves for natural decor that functions as art. With its broad, shapely leaves, the monstera deliciosa is the perfect statement-making plant. It grows best in bright indirect light or medium light and needs watering about every one to two weeks.

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Dried Grapewood Branch

dried branch
Courtesy of Pottery Barn

Showcasing gnarled, vine-like branches, this grapewood accessory makes a gorgeous natural accent. Snag one of these dried branches to display on a dining table, mantel, or shelf. Each piece is unique, but most measure approximately 18 inches long.

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Wool Pillow

white woven wool pillow
Courtesy of CB2

Chunky wool adds natural softness to this knit throw pillow. The reverse side of the 20-inch-square pillow features 100% cotton fabric. Choose between a down-alternative or feather-down insert for customized comfort.

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Jute Boucle Rug

rectangular jute rug
Courtesy of West Elm

Weave in texture underfoot with this jute rug. The handwoven design is crafted from 100% natural jute and is durable enough for high-traffic areas. It's available in a range of sizes and two colors: flax or alabaster.

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