How to Live in Harmony With Nature

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National Home Show

March 10-19, 2023
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How to Live in Harmony With Nature

How to Live in Harmony With Nature

By Desta Ostapyk, Principal Designer, Design by Desta and National Home Show Design Ambassador

Serene & Soothing spaces that are inspired by nature sit at the top of my list of home trends for 2022.

Working from home we want and need spaces that are clutter-free, calming and grounding. What’s more
calming than nature? In my opinion…. nothing! I feel my best and most grounded when I’m in nature
walking/hiking or by water.

Natural elements take centerstage for home décor in 2022. Earth tones have been making a strong comeback for the past couple of years. One of the key colours of this trend and the breakout star of 2022 is GREEN (every shade).

Also, did you know that the colour green has the most variation of tones than any other colour? If you didn’t, now you do.

Other key colours for next year are earth tones like cognac, tobacco, mustard, charcoal, warm/creamy
whites, deep marine blue etc.

Using colours like the ones mentioned above and bringing natural elements through décor, fabrics and
furniture is key. I feel a home should ALWAYS have hits of nature & natural elements and even more so going into 2022. As a designer, I’m excited that colour is finally making a comeback. Woohoo!

Here’s some of my top ways to incorporate natural elements into your home:

1. Use natural fabrics throughout your home like 100% wool rugs (which help purify the air) natural fabric cushions, curtains & table linens. Bedding especially should be 100% cotton which allows your skin to breathe (helps you to sleep better) and should be machine washable/easy to maintain.

2. Decorate with nature’s treasures like stones, crystals, plants, flowers, beeswax candles, branches like cherry blooms, pussy willow, curly willow, eucalyptus, pine, dogwood & driftwood.

3. Mix woods & wood tones in your home through your furniture, picture frames & cabinetry. Not all woods have to match.

4. Bring in those earthy tones through paint on the walls, trim, doors, ceiling or all of the above or through area rugs, fabrics, pictures, art & decor.

5. Natural light & fresh air! Open up those windows and let in that natural light. Nothing lights a space better than Mother Nature so draw back those curtains and pull up those blinds and let that light in baby!

If it’s not too cold, open up those windows and allow some fresh air to circulate throughout your home/spaces or use a diffuser with a drop or two of your favourite natural essential oil (I like peppermint). This will also help with a good flow of energy in your home as well.

For more home design and décor advice and to see Desta in person, visit The National Home Show, running March 11-20, 2022 at Toronto’s Exhibition Place.