Our World / How to use natural materials in your home design?
These days, consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the quality of the products that they use – and rightly so. Not only are natural materials and textures on-trend but these grounding elements introduce a sense of serenity to your abode. Read on to find out how you can add a touch of the natural world to your everyday surroundings.
Stone is an incredible natural material to use in your home design because it takes so many forms. The most common types you may see incorporated within interiors are granite, marble and limestone, but there are a few others we frequently use including quartzite, travertine and onyx. This versatile resource that comes in unique patterns and colours is great to use for countertops, backsplashes, bathrooms, lighting accessories and flooring to elevate, yet ground a space.
Some stones like onyx can be backlit, which is a remarkable way to showcase the natural beauty of the material transforming it into a statement piece of art. The process instantly makes a space feel custom and elevated too. We installed this bespoke bar's Fire Dragon Red onyx panel to create a playful yet dramatic effect in this luxury London penthouse.
Here we created a space that was classic and sophisticated by carefully selecting artwork to pair with this statement sweeping marble staircase.
Mixed metal accents are a good way to create depth, balance and definition in an environment. There are many ways to use metal in your home design to add both a clean and elegant style. In bathrooms, for example, consider feature walls that depict striking champagne metal wall tiles, adding a contemporary and luxurious finish. The use of metal sanitary wear like bronze fuses an area and offers an organic finish as well. There are lots of different variations of metal finishes on offer to vary up your bathroom designs including brushed brass, rose gold, matte black and platinum. Introducing naturally glamourous metal finishes in small flourishes including lighting or small sculptures is certainly on-trend too.
For this concierge and lobby design scheme for our clients in Chelsea Creek we incorporated warm bronze, copper metallics and glass to represent autumnal leaves and earth tones. The concierge desk features a luxurious Portoro marble countertop - its characteristics strikingly mimicking the ripples in a stream.
We installed these opulent armoires with leather detailing to add a luxurious feel to the space.
Nature had a huge impact on our list of interior design trends and we're not the only ones. Interiors are highlighting more sustainable, environmentally friendly and ethically sourced handmade pieces than ever before. We stock carefully selected items in our Hill House Surrey showroom including superb patterned baskets for wall displays in a range of soft colours.
Natural wall displays such as this add an organic variation in design, particularly in a more relaxed environment.
Accessories are a must in interior design to add colour, texture and character to a room. In fact, they are often the elements that complete the design concept. Contact our showroom for our home dressing service.
Though it's the most common mineral found on Earth, there is something about crystal in its raw state that is utterly luxurious. Whether this semiprecious gem is hanging from a chandelier, decorating a mantel, or enhancing a table lamp, incorporating it into interiors, within the context of Feng Shui, promotes good energy, healing and protection.
Natural accessories make stunning centrepieces and are great conversation pieces like these marbled-top coffee tables with patinated bronze base displaying ethically sourced horns and semi-precious stones.
Shimmering and iridescent, mother-of-pearl is alluring as a lavish, natural material with its sumptuous pearlescent finish. Being a natural substance, each piece is individual, creating a fluidity when pieces are used together in mosaics.
The tall mother-of-pearl jars carefully positioned in the landing encourages a wonderful balance and symmetry in the space.
We dressed this vanity unit with a mother-of-pearl basin flown in from the Far East. The stunning crystal wall lights mounting the tall mirror finish off the look. This installation is a perfect example of how natural materials work well in combination with the vanity's metal inlays, mother of pearl basin and shimmering lights complementing one another beautifully.