Decorating with Natural Materials to Enhance Texture

Where interior design is concerned, natural materials are ageless. They conjure a sense of cosiness, which comes from texture and depth, and a feeling of balance and togetherness with the natural world. Fabrics such as wood and stone and yarns like wool and cotton are a great place to start. But it needn’t stop there.

Why Choose Natural Materials?

Natural materials are renewable, withstand wear and tear, and can actually become more beautiful with age and use. They have textures and patterns inimitable to synthetic fibres: there are inherent variations to natural materials that give them inherent character. Natural materials are also healthier: most emit fewer volatile organic compounds than synthetic fabrics, while many contain no chemicals whatsoever.

Wood: The Versatile Classic

Among natural materials interior designers like to use, wood is probably the most popular material. Several ways of using wood make it so attractive; from flooring to furniture items and decorative elements.
Thanks to the different species of trees around the world, each type of wood has its own grain and colour that we can give a lot of decision in the aesthetic taste we want to have.

Types of Wood

Hardwood: Oak , maple and walnut are good and durable .They are suitable for flooring and furniture when it needs to last for quite a while.

Fast-growing softwood: Less dense than hardwoods but still has a nice finish. Usually not as durable, and is used decoratively or where durability is not as much of a concern. Think pine and cedar.

Incorporating Wood into Your Home

You can use wood just about anywhere inside your home. If you’re thinking of installing a new floor, consider hardwood. It’ll never go out of style. Don’t like the idea of harder flooring? Wood paneling is another option. You can cover your walls from floor to ceiling with wood to create a more rustic or pleasing environment.

If your home isn’t new, odds are your kitchen table and chairs are made of wood as well. The consensus is that wooden furniture just looks classier. Looking to add some panache without going overboard? Pick up some wooden framed pictures or shelves.

Natural Materials to Enhance Texture
Natural Materials to Enhance Texture Image by GarryKillian on Freepik

Natural Materials to Enhance Texture Image by GarryKillian on Freepik

Stone: Adding Strength and Elegance

Stone is another wonderful natural material that lends a timeless quality to a room. Nothing says permanent and strong like stone. It is very durable, and it can be used in a variety of applications from counters and floors to accent walls and fireplaces.

Types of Stone

Science Direct: Granite is a very popular kitchen countertop material because its hard – it doesn’t scratch easily.

Marble: Is known for a high-status look, it has unique veining which can be used in bathrooms and as an architectural feature.

Slate: Slate has a more rough cut look and is traditionally used for flooring and outdoors.

Incorporating Stone into Your Home

Stone is incredibly versatile and can really bring texture into your home. A stone fireplace makes for a beautiful centrepiece to a living room. Stone tiling in the kitchen and bathroom can add an element of elegance and are very easy to maintain. For outdoor spaces, stone can be used for a patio or pathway as a gesture towards the natural landscape.

Textiles: Bringing Softness and Warmth

Textiles made with natural fibre – such as wool, cotton or linen – will bring softness or warmth to your home. They’re also breathable, comfortable, and often hypoallergenic.

Types of Natural Textiles

Wool offers us warmth and resistance to wear. It is ideal for rugs, blankets and upholstery.

Cotton: Cotton is one of the most popular fabrics on earth. It is soft and breathable, and feels comfortable when someone lies on bed blankets, curtains, sofas bed or cushions. Cotton can be easily cared for, machine-washed, and dried. It can be dyed various colors.

Linen: Linen is made to keep you warm. It is very light with its characteristic texture perfect for summer beddings, table clothes and drapes.

Incorporating Textiles into Your Home

Textiles are a great way of layering your home to make it feel more inviting; wool rugs for a living room or bedroom underfoot, cotton cushions and throws easily swapped over between the seasons, linen drapes that leave a room feeling light and airy in the warm months.

Plants: Living Textures

Plants are nature’s textile – most tolerant of all furnishings, that adds life and texture to your home, alongside the practical advantages of improved air quality and a sense of calm.

Types of Indoor Plants

Succulents. You can never go wrong with these babies. Available in a variety of sizes, shapes, textures and colours. Ideal for every type of space. They are the perfect and gift that keeps on giving.

Ferns: Their soft, green fronds add depth to any dull corner and are great for hangers-on who like humidity, such as bathrooms.

Flowering Plants: Orchid fragrance and peace lilies come from the houseplant family.

Incorporating Plants into Your Home

Plants can be used to create focal walls or areas, and they can be a source of texture to your home. A large plant in a pot in your living room can be a focal feature, as can several smaller plants displayed on shelves and tables. Plants can also be hung from the ceiling for more interest and a great use of vertical space.

Bamboo: The Eco-Friendly Option

Because bamboo is sustainable, it grows very quickly and requires less water than many slow-growing plants. Bamboo’s versatility means it can be used in a variety of ways, from flooring to furniture, decorations to accessories.

Incorporating Bamboo into Your Home

Bamboo flooring is quite durable and also has a beautiful grain pattern running through it. The grain pattern adds visual interest to any floor whereas bamboo furniture such as chairs and tables is lightweight and sturdy in nature. For a subtle touch, select bamboo blinds or decorative pieces like bamboo vases and picture frames.

Cork: Soft and Sustainable

Cork is obtained from the harvested outer bark of cork oak trees and is a natural, renewable product. It is soft, highly durable and a good natural insulator. It is widely used as flooring, wall coverings and manufactured decorative items.

Incorporating Cork into Your Home

Cork flooring has the best foot feel while walking on it and is practically soundproof due to its inner texture. A cork wall will transform your room, providing warmth and cosiness. You can also use it as a bulletin board or as part of your decorative accents.

Jute: Rustic Charm

Jute is a natural fibre that is strong and durable. Jute has an earthy appeal, making it a good fit for everything from bohemian to coastal design styles.

Incorporating Jute into Your Home

Lightweight, inexpensive jute rugs, with their uneven texture and dense feel are another popular choice for texturing a room, as well as adding warmth and durability to high-traffic areas of the house. Baskets and decorative accents, such as dried grasses, are also a good choice.

Clay: Earthy Elegance

Clay is a good material for producing pots and tiles, as well as decorations. Earthy pots and tiles will make your home elegant. This lovely clay is made by various natural colours and nature of finish.

Incorporating Clay into Your Home

Clay tiles can be a great material for kitchen or bathrooms, working well either on floors or walls – adding some depth and interest to a room through the warmth of the material. Further clay decorative items include vases and bowls, as well as, for a real show-stopper, a clay tile backsplash or even just an accent wall.

Leather: Timeless Sophistication

Leather has a natural elegance and beauty. It is also a durable, ageing well, product that will inject a bit of luxury into your home.

Incorporating Leather into Your Home

No-one knows leather furniture, chairs or sofas like us – they are comfortable and ideal for adding that bit of style. Add extra leather cushions or throws to your leather home furniture. A decorative leather table ornament can also be a small but welcome accessory in leather home decor.

Wicker: Light and Airy

Wicker is a traditional material (natural fibres such as rattan, reed or bamboo). Wicker is very light and easily movable, reasonably durable and makes a room look light and airy.

Incorporating Wicker into Your Home

I love wicker furniture for indoor and outdoor spaces alike. So much texture! Storage for paperclips and pens in wicker baskets are a must! For an ocean-themed look, try using a wicker light fixture or mirror.

Combining Natural Materials

They serve as a reminder of the success humans have had in harnessing the great forces of nature – using different materials to create a layered, complementary space that replicates the comfort of living in harmony with the natural world.

For instance, wooden elements bring warmth while stone elements add strength; combining different textiles such as wool and linen makes for a living space with a richer, more intricate aesthetic and feel; and whilst every living thing we bring into the home brings a slightly different set of associations, plants can be paired with any material to bring life and their individual vitality.


Using natural materials to decorate is a classic design choice that adds texture and creates harmony in your home. Adding wood, stone, textiles, plants and other natural elements will create your perfect sustainable and healthy home. Embrace the raw textures of natural materials and turn your home into a calm cocoon of comfort.

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