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20 Creative Ways to Use Natural Textures in a Home

If you love the outdoors, it’s understandable to want to incorporate nature into your living space. When it comes to bringing natural textures into the home, you can go as drastic or as simple as you want. If you’re looking for bold statements and design elements that make you feel like you’re practically outside, take a look at these creative ideas for surrounding yourself in nature. From wild natural texture accent walls to full indoor gardens, these ideas will make you rethink the division between the indoors and the outdoors.

Wild natural stone

One of the best ways to use natural textures in a home is to choose natural stone accent walls or other stone features. There’s nothing like natural stone to add visual interest to a room. And you may end up feeling like you’re hiking in your favorite canyon right at home.

Natural stone also comes in a wide variety of patterns and colors, so it can match almost any style. If you go bold enough with the pattern, that stone becomes its own focal point around which you can design the rest of the room.

Natural Textures Lava Stone

Lava rock on the wall adds tons of texture to the space. Image: DRD

Natural Textures Green Stone Bathroom

Colored green marble means an eye-catching stone texture and the shades of a forest. Image: Domb Architects

Natural Textures Geode Bathroom

This natural geode design creates an interesting focal point for this bathroom. Image: Mezzanotte Carpentry

Natural Textures Stone Sink

Natural stone can also go in creative spaces, like in a sink base. Image: Angela Wells Interior Design

Natural Textures Rock Wall Floor

A good way to add cohesion to the space is to choose a natural stone texture for the wall and floor. Image: J Design Group

Greenery walls for natural textures in a home

One of the most striking trends to come out of home design in the last several years is greenery walls, also sometimes referred to as living walls. These place living plant life right onto a wall. And nothing gets natural texture into a home like living plants.

Some styles go thicker, with full moss textures covering the wall. Others opt for a more minimal vertical garden. Another easy idea involves filling alcoves with plant life. Greenery walls are also a great way to section off outdoor living spaces. Whether you want a statement wall or a subtle natural accent, the styles below have all bases covered.

Natural Textures Greenery Wall Bathroom

A moss texture adds solid coverage across this large greenery wall. Image: Habitat Horticulture

Natural Textures Plant Wall Outdoors

Greenery walls can also contain different types of plants for a variety of textures. Image: Dyer Grimes Architecture

Natural Textures Outdoor Area

Greenery walls are a good way to section off an outdoor living space, especially in close urban areas. Image: Millennium Interior Designers

Natural Textures Plant Alcove

Sometimes you can cheat and get a “greenery wall” with just a small accent plant in an alcove. Image: Werschay Homes

Natural Textures Plant Panels Wood

Greenery walls can also have smaller panels for contrast between the wood and plant life. Image: ERA

Indoor gardens

Another way to bring natural textures into the home is through the use of indoor gardens. Like greenery walls, these make use of natural elements to add texture to a space. However, these are more traditional horizontal gardening spaces.

What results is a traditional-looking space that just happens to have a gorgeous garden in part of the floor. Other spaces take a whole room and make an indoor garden oasis. It’s a great way to get some nature in your life if you live in an urban area or don’t have much outdoor space.

Natural Textures Staircase Ferns

If you feel like you don’t have space for indoor plant life, try playing with previously unused floor space, like under staircases. Image: CplusC Architectural Workshop

Natural Textures Zen Garden

An indoor Zen garden is a good example of how gardens can work right in the home. Image: Garden Mentors

Natural Textures Stone Pathway

This natural design found a way to combine a stone pathway with a garden indoors. Image: Allen

Natural Textures Floor Garden

This home demonstrates how a small garden can fit right along the wall of a hallway. Image: LandStudio

Natural Textures Foyer Plants

Greenery makes an inviting addition to foyer spaces. Image: Paris K Design

Getting creative with natural wood

Then there’s the standby for getting a more natural vibe in a space: natural wood textures. There are as many ways to work with this idea as there are types and finishes of wood.

You can use natural wood on the wall, sure. But other ideas include using it in actual sink fixtures, countertop spaces and mirror frames. You can use as much natural wood as you want for a truly rustic space or keep it a little more minimal for an updated look. Take a look below to see some of the creative ways designers have used wood to get natural textures into the home.

Natural Textures Wood Counter

By incorporating rustic wood design into a counter space, you can showcase that natural texture with ease. Image: Laura Fedro Interiors

Natural Textures Wood Floor

Using textured, reclaimed wood as the floor is a popular way to get natural wood textures into the home. Image: Totally Floored

Natural Textures Wood and Stone Bathroom

Wood works well when combined with natural stone designs in the shower and on the floor. Image: High Camp Home

Natural Textures 3D Wood Panel

Three-dimensional wooden paneling helps add visual interest to an all-wood space. Image: AREA

Natural Textures Wood Sink Bathroom

Wood can also be used in key fixtures, like this raised wooden sink. Image: Danjoseph Architects

There are countless ways to use natural textures in a home, whether you prefer the look of wood, stone or plant life. Are you inspired by any of the ideas above? We’d love to hear about it below.

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