Interior Design: ‘It mixes rusticity and simplicity with respect’
UNLIKE many interior styles, the natural eco look continues to be popular. Perhaps because it mixes rusticity and simplicity with respect for the planet, it has captured the imagination.
In much the same way as the Arts and Crafts movement at the end of the 19th century reintroduced honesty and integrity of design, the natural eco look expresses renewed appreciation of craftsmanship and materials.
Timbers from sustainable sources handcrafted into clean and pleasing designs are at the heart of the look. This does not mean pieces are brand new. Recycled furniture is just as valued and if your preference is for endangered timbers like teak, reclaimed pieces are now the only responsible option. Other natural materials have now been recognised as better for health as well as the environment. Eco paints, non-toxic pastes and papers, and natural floor coverings are a green option available in a range of styles.
But the natural eco look is about more than environmentally sound decorating. It is about reintroducing the colours and textures of the countryside and rediscovering our artisan roots. It could well take as its motto William Morris’ words, ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’. Against a background of materials such as stone and wood, colours can be muted (putty, corn, sage and rust) or vibrant (cerise, purple, lime and chartreuse) and patterns can be simple or intricate. Details may be borrowed from different periods but the finished décor will be organic with each element in harmony. It will be a scheme that can be easily changed but which will retain the underlying bones of honest design.
• Visit the Borders Designhouse website for design services, courses and workshops. Start a new career as a Homestyle Advisor or learn to ‘Be Your Own Designer’ with our distance-learning interior design course (07765 057 409, www.thebordersdesignhouse.co.uk)
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