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Natural Awakenings Tucson

Earth-Inspired Design

May 02, 2018 10:27PM ● By Julie Olauson

This is shaping up to be an exciting year in design. Bold and artificial is out and a softer, more natural approach to our environment is in. This doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice on color or limit the modern touches—rather, it means just go with what the earth provides as inspiration.

Nature is starting to influence design like never before. Wood, stone, cottons and metals are once again creating the foundation. However, unlike decades past when wood was unnaturally glossy and metals gleamed with the glow of yellow brass, today’s naturals are just that—natural. Designers and clients want to see life in these elements.

Wood floors, tables and paneling now have character, which means that knots, pits and even saw or nail marks are celebrated. Metals are allowed to show wear, giving highlights of rust or the soft blue tint of age. Stone is back and bragging on why it looks so much better in a space than tinted concrete forms. A chiseled face with its rocky, uneven look is showing up on countertop edges, fireplaces and exterior accents.

Upholstery is using cotton linens and leathers without the strongly tinted colors or patterns, which gives the room a comfortable, relaxed feel. Not only do people want natural products, but they want them to have a story—something that speaks to a well-lived life.

Still need that wow factor and a bold pop of color? The look of precious metals and gems is becoming popular. Accent a wall with a gold mirror, highlight a shelf with jewel-toned glass vases or give the powder room a flash of silver-based paint.

The great thing about this trend is that every style is welcome, from craftsman to country, rustic to Victorian—even big city modern is finding a way to become more natural. We’re changing the soul of the room by adding some life back into our lifestyles.

Conect with Julie Olauson of A & E Recycled Granite at 520-885-8970 or [email protected]. See ad, page 17.