5 Outdoors-Inspired DIY Nature Home Décor Ideas

Wet & Forget
by Wet & Forget
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20 Minutes
Nature-inspired home décor reflects the rustic beauty of the outdoors. Add a calm, restful feeling to your home by bringing the outside in. You can easily find beautiful, natural materials while taking a stroll through your neighborhood park, or even by looking at your own backyard. See below for five nature-inspired DIY home décor ideas you can create.

Decorate with Earth Tones & Textures
Add an organic aesthetic to your abode by decorating with earthy colors. Incorporate colors that come from nature, such as; moss green, acorn brown, golden tan, and ivory. These colors will evoke the feeling out being outdoors. To achieve a textured natural look include one or more of the following elements in your décor:
  • Fallen Branches – Give fallen twigs and branches a fresh look by spraying them with white, black, metallic, or brightly colored spray paint. Display on a bookcase or living room table to serve as a unique accent piece.
  • Candles – Wrap a cream-colored pillar candle with twine. Wrap the twine around the candle twice and finish with a bow to give it a rustic look.
  • Succulents – Make an earthy planter by wrapping a succulent terracotta pot in jute rope. Or place a succulent into a shiny vintage silver or copper vessel.

Use Nature as Art
Here are some other nature-inspired home décor ideas:
Look for weathered finds in interesting shapes. Coastal elements like a twisted branch, driftwood, or smooth pebbles can help add visual interest to a room. Furthermore, furniture in weathered wicker or a whitewashed finish emits a just-in-from-the-sun vibe.

Bring a botanical touch to your indoor spaces with floral artwork, nature prints, or plump pillows in a delicate flower motif. The simplest way to do this is to fill a vase with your favorite type of freshly cut flowers. However, if floral accents aren’t your thing, a small glass terrarium filled with greenery makes an earthy display atop a stack of gardening books.

If you’d like to add a rustic look to a room, you can incorporate antlers (natural or faux) in your décor. Mounted antlers are available at flea markets or estate sales. Another creative way to showcase natural objects is to set out a rustic bowl or tray to display shells, colorful river rocks, or geodes. Decorating your home with objects found in nature is a great way to breathe life into an indoor space.

DIY Pebble Bath Mat
Add style to your bathroom with this DIY shore-inspired bath mat. A new bath mat is a great way to change the look of your bathroom without investing too much time or money. Additionally, this pebble bath mat will bring a natural flair to your bathroom, and it feels great on bare feet!
What you’ll need:
  • Rubber sheeting (available at Lowe’s or home improvement stores)
  • Bags of smooth polished river stone (available at dollar and craft stores)
  • Silicone glue
  • Caulk gun
  • Box cutting knife
  • Cardboard template

See full instructions for the pebble stone bath mat here.

Add Greenery to Your Home
Enhance your outdoors-inspired home by decorating with natural moss. Live moss, grown indoors, will add a green, nod-to-nature touch to your home décor. You can purchase moss at your local garden center or online. You can also harvest your own live moss from nature.
How to harvest and decorate with live moss, and what you’ll need:
  • A mason’s trowel, metal spatula or any flat-bladed garden tool
  • A container
  • Potting soil
  • Crushed stone
  • Optional: decorative rocks

Step 1: It’s best to harvest moss immediately after it rains to ensure the plant is hydrated. Before digging, remove any loose leaves, twigs or debris from the moss.

Step 2: Choose your container. Moss thrives in a shallow layer of soil and can be grown in a wide range of natural containers such as a hollow log, a terrarium, hollow tree bark, or seashells.  Add a thin layer of crushed stone in the bottom of the container for good drainage.
Tip: Amazingly, moss can defy gravity. It can grow vertically, up the side of a terracotta pot or a stone wall.

Step 3: Add a thin layer of potting soil on top of the crushed stone.

Step 4: To gather the moss, slide the tool underneath the mound. Collect a thin layer of soil along with the plant. Also, for easy transfer, lift the moss in small 4-inch by 4-inch sections.

Step 5: Place the live moss on the newly prepared soil and water thoroughly.  Furthermore, add decorative rocks if you’d like.

Step 6: Lastly, water or mist the moss daily to encourage new growth. Keep the soil moist, but be careful not to over-water.

Note: Most mosses grow best in partial shade. Pay attention to how your moss responds to the light conditions where you’ve placed it, and move it if it doesn’t seem to be thriving.

A cactus is a low-maintenance plant that’s easy to grow inside. It doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to have cactus plants in your home, and they are also a great way to make your home décor stand out. You can purchase your own cactus from a gardening center, florist, or the outdoor department of home improvement stores.  Additionally, they require a good amount of sunlight, and very little water to grow.

Follow this guide and bring the outdoors inside by decorating with natural accents. Give your home a new look and surround yourself with a welcoming woodland aesthetic. Choose your favorite elements from nature and get inspired to update your décor. With so many different possibilities, it’s easy to add a fresh, natural look to your home in a way that suits your decorating style.

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