How to Create A Stunning Look Combining Organic And Man-made Materials
Many homes lack character and personality and the ability to combine natural and man-made materials into your home has been an ambition that homeowners have strived for over the centuries. The appeal of organic elements to an interior design space create a calm feeling and when implemented along with man-made material, creates an environment that is stylish, aesthetically pleasing and very welcoming.
Mix and Match Natural flooring with Man-made flooring
Wood flooring can warm up the interior space and feels natural and inviting under the foot. This material is equally appealing when transitioned against man-made material such as stone flooring or glazed ceramic. Mixing different elements creates texture, contrast and visual interest. A seamless transition between different materials works well in open-layout spaces; the neatness of kitchen tile changing to the cosiness of a living room hardwood flooring, while creating a distinctive and elegant style.
Let in Natural Light
Natural light is absolutely free and the most beautiful natural element that we tend to ignore. It makes any room come alive, makes colours pop on furnishes and pours the outdoors into your space. When it is reflected against glass walls or strategically placed mirrors, the natural light travels across the room even into hallways that commonly lack any source of natural light. Apart from walls and windows, glass furniture is also perfect especially in small spaces as it allows the eye to move through it and creates a stunning interior. A combination of natural light and glass makes a room feel and look visually larger, inviting and sophisticated.
The kitchen is all about experiments; chefs often enjoy breaking away from the usual by trying out new and exciting recipes. The same should apply when designing and planning out your kitchen interior finishes. The idea is to create visual contrast between different surfaces for a stunning new kitchen. For example, a combination of artificial tiles and natural stone as a backsplash behind the stove or kitchen sink, or even above the floor cabinets, not only creates contrast but also adds charm. The same goes for counter tops and cabinets. You can use marble or stone counter tops beautifully with wooden cabinets. Carefully use subtly patterned stone however, to avoid it fighting your wood grains.
If you have a dining table within your kitchen space, select one that picks up on the marble or stone counter and continue the material theme to help tie everything together. Use copper or brass in small doses like a few pendant lights to add decadent contrast to stainless steel appliances or accents.
Dress up the Walls
In love with the idea of playing with different wall finishes but not sure how to go about it?
Well, there’s really no standard rule to dressing up your walls. To create an element of visual contrast, you can opt to use different finishes; wood panels, stained glass, exposed bricks or even wallpaper, in different rooms around your home.
For example, a natural wood panel wall makes for a great focal point behind the entertainment unit in the living room, while at the same time using wallpaper as an accent in the bedroom. There isn’t much of a big deal having different wall materials in the same room.
Imagine how well exposed brick walls go with concrete columns, creating a stunning industrial and rustic feel. There are endless ways you could combine natural materials and man-made when working with walls, floors, even the ceiling, and it suits perfectly different interior styles, whether contemporary, traditional, industrial, modern, etc.
Combine Furniture, Textile and Fabrics
Sometimes using matching furniture pieces, textile and fabric materials make a room flat and boring. When people walk into your room you want their eye to jump from one piece to another.
To create this sort of excitement, you can combine different materials with your finishes, whether natural or man-made. A good example would be to mix leather with a patterned chair or something with texture and a glass coffee table. This is simply a fantastic way to break the room up and add some interest. Graphic rugs also work wonders in creating a stunning and warm interior when paired with wooden furniture and glass or metal accessories.
If you have something of sentimental value or something that has an old story to it, mix that up with new furniture pieces, or fabric cushions with bold colours for a more elegant look. Add a few natural plants to introduce an element of outdoor living and freshness into the interior space.
Stewart Naish is Project Director at TC&D Construction. As a highly experienced and skilled property refurbishment professional, he shares his wealth of knowledge and insights into the world of interior design and fit out for both residential and commercial property renovations on his Twitter page. An avid fan of Arsenal FC and all things creative, he is happy to offer advice and feedback to anyone looking to share his passion for interior design and architectural beautification.