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The natural touch: rustic textures, muted colours and plants galore!

Don’t underestimate the power of subtlety
   Hannah Caton  |  written on: 22-08-2019 14:30pm

The summer might be ending, but a great way to keep the cool sunlit feel of a naturally airy space is to employ some of the styles we’ve listed below (and they just so happen to work well when put together too)!

Jute has only really risen to widespread popularity in the past few years; although it’s probably seen some other periods of fame since it was first created in approximately 3000 BC. It’s a long, soft, shiny vegetable fibre that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. Coarse to the touch, and with a lattice-like weave when in its final form, it’s likely you already own some Jute products. It’s eco-friendlier than cotton: fast-growing, it needs less water to survive and no chemical interventions! Thankfully, many manufacturers are now using this wonder-material in interior design as well. It works perfectly when paired with light, airy tones and smooth flowing fabrics.

Image: (Left) Jute pouffe, John Lewis (Right) Dakara Seagrass basket, John Lewis

Muted green tones work well with Jute and can be employed in a number of ways. House plants are a great option; not only do they look lovely, they cleanse the air around you and create a more relaxed environment. Velvet green sofas are in fashion, providing an opulent look as well as an enjoyably silky texture. Green is a beautiful option for walls, mint or olive tones are calming as well as adding more interest than grey walls can give. If you want to learn more about green walls, check out this recent article that devotes full attention to the topic.

Image: (Left) Peony artificial aloe plant in Marble pot, John Lewis (Right) Isla two seat sofa in Sage Smart Velvet,

If you have wooden chairs that you’re looking to upgrade, why not consider using a range of different neutral tones for each different chair? It’s an option that injects a little more fun into a room, whilst still in-keeping with a muted calm overall aesthetic.

Image: Harrogate dining table, Harrogate dining chairs, Byron large pendant, all from Neptune

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Hannah Caton

Hannah is the online writer for KBBArk, providing the latest scoop on all things interior. She's always on the lookout for the latest trends and most beautiful re-designs.