Bringing the Outside In

I've seen some gorgeous homes, but nothing compares to the breathtaking beauty of the natural world. Whether you live in a winter wonderland, a beach retreat, or somewhere in between, outdoor landscapes can inspire and uplift us.

Winter has its own stark beauty, but the barren trees and empty flowerbeds have many longing for the fiery oranges of autumn or the golden sunbeams of summer. In this blog, NC Furniture Advisor brings you great ideas and products that will help you beat back the winter blues by incorporating natural elements into your everyday decor. 

Furnishings are more than just objects. They have texture, pattern, color, and shape. These elements work together to create a finished look and style for your home. Even the most reluctant decorators should try to incorporate a variety of textures in a room. Beige doesn't have to be boring when you add woven rugs, marble sculptures, and soft, woolly blankets. These products bring the outside in while adding a bit of life to your rooms.

Floral

Nothing brings a smile to my face quite like a bright bouquet of fresh flowers, and floral furnishings bring a cheerful touch to any room. If the word "floral" brings images of '80s couches or your grandmother's favorite bathing suit to mind, don't fret - this icon has undergone a much-deserved update in recent years! My picks for floral-inspired furnishing that won't tarnish your modern or updated style:

 Black Flower Table from Hammerly

Black Flower Table from Hammerly

 Carilla Medallions from Uttermost

Carilla Medallions from Uttermost

 Storm Rug from Surya

Storm Rug from Surya

Wood

Wood is one of the most versatile media for home furnishings. Dark, light, painted, stained, natural...as a texture or a shape, it can go with any kind of decor, from rustic to European. Go bold with a tree sculpture, or add an abstract touch to your room with a branch pattern. Trees are timeless, and as a symbol signify both the roots that keeps us grounded and the branches that reach towards the sky. What could be more inspiring?

 Bannister Garden Console Table from Lexington

Bannister Garden Console Table from Lexington

 Bonsai Tree from Phillips Collection

Bonsai Tree from Phillips Collection

 Nantucket Side Table from Arteriors

Nantucket Side Table from Arteriors

Fauna

Like wood, animal shapes, textures, and patterns can find a home in any design style. Showcase your favorite animal with a sculpture or painting. Add bold texture to your room with alligator, fur, or snakeskin. And of course, any sofa, chair, or loveseat gets a glam makeover with tiger or zebra prints. Update traditional animal prints with a surprising pattern, like giraffe or even Dalmatian spots. For the rustic look, you can't go wrong with antler accents, and a faux stuffed animal head can look so cute in a child's room!

 Chairside Table from Century Furniture 

Chairside Table from Century Furniture 

 The Serengeti With Glitter from Wall Charmers

The Serengeti With Glitter from Wall Charmers

 Silverfox Pouf from Lillian August

Silverfox Pouf from Lillian August

Coastal

Even landlubbers can have fun with coastal accents! The soft palette of sea, sand, and sun works in any room, and echoes the ocean in an understated way. Coral, both the color and the shape, adds verve to your neutrals, and driftwood-inspired furniture is popular in homes from the Hamptons to the Amalfi coast. Raffia, sailcloth, and linen lend an easy, breezy feel to your home. Get your sea legs with one of my picks:

 Winfield Buffet from Vanguard Furniture

Winfield Buffet from Vanguard Furniture

 Table Lamp from Century Furniture

Table Lamp from Century Furniture

 Water's Edge Woven Arm Chair from Stanley Furniture

Water's Edge Woven Arm Chair from Stanley Furniture

Whether you think decorating is a blast, a difficult puzzle, or a necessary evil, NC Furniture Advisor makes it fun and easy to find the perfect items for your home. Call (336) 404-1040 to plan your High Point shopping adventure. It's free for clients!