No matter how deeply people may be addicted to the creation of new synthetic products, they feel themselves most comfortably among nature and natural materials. The euphoria over crimplene, vinyl polymers and acrylic passed and now we really appreciate and value of what have been created by very nature and surround us far from big cities.
Aiming to create a warm and gentle atmosphere in the house, ecodesign style was invented. It is combination of natural materials, shapes and colors with modern technology processing. The interior of the natural (eco/bio) style is not cheap, but it is completely justify your costs with relaxing atmosphere and clean air it creates.
Eco style, like nature, does not like piles and superfluous things. Therefore, the interior is largely similar to minimalism in design. There is only one major difference. All materials are natural, colors are natural, technologies are innovative. It`s as if Flora itself came into your apartment and made everything according to its taste. Therefore, there is a lot of space and light should be in the eco-style interior. We must start with removing all the excess furniture and inappropriate decor.
Lighting is intensive and close to the natural sunlight. It is desirable to have a large window in the room. Lamps must radiate warm spectrum with a yellowish tinge. The most suitable are incandescent bulbs. Economical fluorescent lamps with such a spectrum has a slightly higher price, but also last longer. LED-lamps can be good option as well.
Light-colored walls and ceiling, reflective surfaces also help to create a good lighting.
Minimize the amount of furniture. Remove all bulky, tall and dark. Keep only what is compact and functional. Place the linen chest of drawers, which can fit all the necessary things, instead of high closet. It is much lower, and leaves open the upper part of the room.
If you want to leave high furniture, the front wall has to be mirrored or white. Place it along the wall, opposite the window but not near the light source, and in front or aside of it.
The space can be increased by covering surfaces as well. Bright ceiling and walls will significantly expand the room and make it visually higher. But the lower ceiling you have, the lighter should be the floor; for about a couple of shades darker than the walls.
Color of nature
In the natural style interior the paint must be natural and not intrusive. Basic background tone is best to be white, more precisely use shades, such as milk, marine foam ivory. You can use the shades of brown and green. Blue color in the lower part of the room is minimized, as it relates to the cold tones and eco-style demands warm ones.
Bright shades of orange and red, is too hot for nature. If you want to make a warmer environment, use their diluted tones in a small amount, but rather soft yellow or warm beige.
To create a pure natural interior, add a little green trim to white or milky color of the walls. It should be smooth vertical lines, similar to the stems and leaves. Refuse from straight lines, sharp angles and geometric patterns at once.
Regarding black color, its pure form doesn`t exist in the nature, therefore immediately eliminate it.
Furniture and materials
Furniture should be made of natural materials. Chairs of solid wood or rattan. Wicker furniture made of twigs also fits well. Table countertops of glass. Light stone can be used for trimming surfaces of the kitchen. The facade of furniture can be painted in bright colors or made of glass.
Sheathing of furniture should be also made from natural materials: flax, cotton, satin and wool. Curtains on the window of the light and airy fabrics, preferably just hanging down, creating slight creases. Do without pelmets, frills and draperies, these decorations are foreign to natural style.
Sofas and chairs will look best with low backs. The surface of the furniture should be maximally natural. So better to prefer a matte polished or rough texture of natural material.
Decorating the room
The most popular decoration material when creating an interior in the ecodesign style is a tree. If the size of the room lets, or rather if it has an area of 20sq. m and a ceiling height of not less than 2.5 meters, it is desirable to sheathe the walls of wood or make wood panels. It should be light wood, covered with white matt lacquer. The surface has no need to be polished before coating, it should look natural.
Floor should be warm, made of wood or stone. In damp premises ceramic tiles can be used.
Walls can be decorated with a tree not in every situation. For natural style suit can be chosen and other natural materials. It can be painted walls or pasted with monochromatic bamboo wallpaper.
Regardless of the height of the ceiling, it should have one level. Eco style is simplicity and naturalness, so a variety of complex multi-level design does not correspond to the natural appearance. You can make it suspended, but the surface does not have to be the glassy and shine. The most common color is white.
If you have a large height of the room, and you want to reduce the space visually, use the rule of space shifting. Make the top darker than the walls. But do not get carried away with dark and bright colors. It should be light and natural tone. For example, blue as the sky. You can use shades of brown and green, olive, marsh, beige, cream etc.
High ceiling can be decorated with wooden beams. Decorate the ceiling with clouds on a skyey background or by pattern around the perimeter from the simple floral ornament. The figure should be in pastel tones.
Decoration according to ecodesign interior design style
Floor can be decorated with carpet of surface-of-the-earth color. These include sand, flax, wheat, light gray and various shades of green. On the sofas and armchairs will look good cushion of marsh or olive tones.
Vases can be ceramic, clay, glass, crystal, and majolica. They should have a simple rounded shapes and natural color without any extra bright paintings and stucco.
The most important decoration of natural styled home are living plants. Small ones you can put on the windowsill. Large straight-growing trees are grown in tubs or ceramic pots. From vines or hanging ivy you can make wall decoration.
It is forbidden to place cells, aquariums and terrariums in the eco-style interior. It is unnecessary to use decorations from metal, statues, woven and embroidered napkins and tablecloths too. Reserving them for the folk branches in the design of housing.
What can save your money?
The wooden floor is not necessarily to make with solid wood. The cheapest option of natural wood is engineered timber or two-layer parquet. They can be placed above the plywood. Special tools and experience of assembling a floor covering is not required.
Paper wallpaper on the wall will cost you much cheaper than bamboo one. Many people are able to wallpaper by themselves.
With the help of paints and brush, you can decorate the walls, adjusting the size of the room at the same time. The vertical green vines make the ceiling higher. And if you draw a tree with spreading branches, directed horizontally from the trunk, the room becomes wider. Just do not forget about the small soft bends to make it look natural.
As for the green spaces, any hostess can cope with this task by herself. Just ask the seller in the shop what lighting does plant require. But in the kitchen you can combine business with pleasure. Plant the parsley, celery, basil and other spices in boxes. You will create your desired style and provide yourself with garden stuff for the winter. Tomatoes and cucumbers can be planted in a large pot. Now seed stores offer plenty of indoor vegetable seeds.
Creative imagination and make your apartment bright, cozy, spacious and corresponding to your taste.