Muslin curtains in an open window; white-washed floorboards covered by a loosely woven rug; a flower stem in a pewter jug - natural, calming and pure. Fashions in interiors develop and change, from opulent classicism to stark minimalism. Many of these trends remain within the realm of the style magazine or interior designer; the practicalities often make these looks unachievable or impractical for an environment in which we can live comfortably.
Today, many of the qualities we find visually pleasing are also ones that work to create a beautiful, tranquil home environment while taking into account the requirements of real people. Stripped floors and neutral walls punctuated by a single decorative element or an isolated area of colour feature in many cultures and throughout many ages. The look is timeless, easy to achieve and, most importantly, easy to live with.
This book is a guide to creating this simple, natural look in every area of the house, offering step-by-step features on refurbishing old surfaces, customizing furniture, making the most of soft furnishings and adding the final details. Reclaim pieces of lace and linen for beautiful bedding; run colour into shutters to recreate the feel of the seaside, or collect driftwood for some simple bathroom shelving. More than 45 practical step-by-step projects are accompanied by stunning examples of pared-down interiors that make the most of natural materials. A comprehensive section looking at colour and texture suggests ways of drawing inspiration from natural elements and introducing them into the home.
With its fresh, uncomplicated design ideas that can be achieved inexpensively but effectively, and with no need for specialist knowledge, 'Natural Style' is a practical visual guide to creating contemporary yet timeless interiors.
Lindsay Porter is a creative editor of illustrated lifestyle and craft books. She has brought together a carefully selected team of leading contemporary artists and craftspeople, who have designed specially commissioned projects in this book.