In recent months, I have come across quite a few innovative interiors products inspired by the great outdoors. This got me thinking that there are some really interesting ways to liven up your living room and bring the garden inside the house. So I’ve decided to do a quick round-up of my favourite products that will help you breathe life into your interior.
Firstly, I love this range of 3D ceramic tiles (above) by Karen Ledolley-Smith of KLS Design. Inspired by nature and the shape of fresh green leaves, the baked clay and earthenware tiles have glazed or enamelled finishes and are available in 10 x 10 cm or 20 x 20 cm formats. They are suitable for use on floors and walls and are made entirely by hand in Normandy, France.But I think they would also make a really nice fire surround.
I also love this great rug from Lars Contzen’s Colour Courage Carpet Collection. This green is perfect for conjuring up thoughts of open fields or neatly mowed back yards. It really does look like grass and totally makes me want to run my fingers across it. I can’t think of a better way to bring that feeling of summertime in the garden straight into the house.
One of the easiest ways to bring the outdoors inside is obviously to install a giant wall mural depicting a scene from nature like this forest scene. This particular mural is available from Tangletree Interiors but there are many other companies specialising in wall murals, most of which allow you to upload your own image to create a bespoke wall feature.
For a more DIY approach why not take a leaf out of Nendo Studio‘s book and create your own bespoke wallcovering using dried moss to create a 3D tactile wall decoration that connects your living room with the nature found in your garden. Granted, this would be a pretty big undertaking and should only be attempted by the most proficiently creative interior enthusiasts, but when done correctly this could look absolutely stunning.
If, however, little moss patterns aren’t enough for you and you feel the need to introduce even more plant life into your home, why not try these new wall panels in Corian from Biotecture. ‘Living Walls’ are made using the Voronoi design from the recently launched 3D ‘Math’ Collection of wall ‘art’ made from Corian. By using the Corian Math panels, plants can be grown vertically and appear to emerge from the ruptured surface of the panels. Apart from helping to create a garden-feel inside your home, these ‘living walls’ also provide many health benefits. Plants are known to put moisture back into the air as well as to purify it by removing polluants like CO2. It also looks great!
One of the most important things though when trying to create a garden feel inside is to think carefully about the materials you choose. To create a truly authentic outdoors feel you obviously need to use natural materials that can be found outside and that means lots of wood. I love these Tree Lamps by Moooi. They are built entirely from real wood – Zembrano and Oak – and look fantastic.
A true garden feel also needs to have an element of rustic and this furniture collection designed by Paul Loebach is perfect for this. Drawing inspiration from untamed wilderness, the collection makes unique use of 4-Axis CNC machining and innovative tool-pathing techniques, allowing for wood blanks to be shaped into irregular spindles and ‘stick-like’ shapes.
Heating too need not be left out of the theme. These gorgeous wooden radiators from Italian company I-Radium fit the bill perfectly and this particular one is even called leaf.
This blog post is part of the mydeco.com ‘Pass It On Living Room series’, a collaborative blogging project.
I am passing it on to Kia Designs and Flame Interiors.