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By Maria Harris | Other/Just Looking in Seattle, WA

Decorating Tips from Mother Nature

A little inspiration can be just what is needed to turn tired, boring decor into something new and exciting. You may have a great start with your decor or a particular room, but you may need to add the detail that results in that decorator look. A great place to look for inspiration is just outside your window. Invite natural elements inside to get a great new look in any room, any time of the year. Try a few of these decorating tips from Mother Nature.

Seasonal Changes

One of the easiest ways to decorate with a natural touch is to simply pay attention to seasonal changes and then mimic those changes indoors. Not only does this keep your decor fresh and up to date, but it gives your home and living environment an invigorated and renewed ambiance. Of course, you wouldn’t want to or couldn’t afford to change every element of your decor with each approaching season, but if you change a few key pieces you can create a great effect. For example, it’s easy to change a few pieces of wall art: You may have floral decor in spring and summer, then swap it for an autumn leaves metal wall art as fall approaches. In addition to wall art, you can also easily switch out throw pillows, area rugs, candles and potpourris to blend with the sights and aromas of each season. If you have layered window treatments, you can also just change the window toppers or curtain panels for a lighter look in the warm weather months and a heavier, cozier look during cool seasons.

Bring in Living Accents

Mother Nature could not be herself without living plants. While not everyone has success growing green plants, there are some easy houseplants, like pothos, that are nearly foolproof. You can also grow herbs on a sunny kitchen window sill. Another great idea is to just pick up some fresh flowers or potted flower plants each week at the grocery store or farmer’s market; they are rather inexpensive this way and the selections are always in season, so you’ll be a step ahead on decorating. Other natural accents, like pumpkins and gourds, fruit and vegetables, acorns, seashells, bare or spring blooming branches or wild flowers picked from your own backyard are always a welcome touch. It doesn’t take special skill to decorate with nature’s bounty: just gather items in a pretty vase, glass bowl or basket and you have an instant centerpiece or decorative accent.

Choose Nature-Inspired Art

To achieve a decor that has a natural touch, be sure to add a few pieces of wall art inspired by Mother Nature. For example, you might hang a painting or framed print of a lush garden or pounding surf. Artworks that depict nature come in all sizes, styles, colors and mediums, from framed art to metal wall sculpture, wood art and artworks made from woven fabrics. Artworks made from natural elements like stone, wood and metal will add a textural dimension to you decor, as well as visual beauty.

Metal-Wall-Art.com senior staff writer, Maria Harris, specializes in designing with wall art panels.

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