Re­lax your home with the eas­i­est tones and tex­tures to get right. Just take your cues from na­ture and en­hance.

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Try it This look shouldn’t scream any­thing – it should be cool and calm. Here, the but­toned leather ot­toman that acts as a cof­fee ta­ble stands out next to the white walls and un­em­bel­lished win­dows. The linen-cov­ered seat­ing is also light to make the cush­ions pop. Cop­per ac­ces­sories shine and sub­tle de­tails re­veal them­selves on the plant pot and rug. AN AL­MOST TO­TAL AB­SENCE OF PAT­TERN de­fines this look be­cause it’s about tone and tex­ture. Creamy beiges, warm browns, soft greys and real greens – the colours you see in the coun­try, or a park if you’re short on time – are the start­ing points, with a few dark and cop­pery flashes (think neu­trals at night). There’s tex­ture in wood and tile, leather and tex­tiles, all hail­ing from na­ture, too. Com­bine with con­fi­dence and add green­ery in­side or via a win­dow.


Try it Bath­rooms are hard places that need soft­en­ing. Nat­u­ral-neu­tral tim­ber touches can do this in the form of framed mir­rors, lad­ders, trays or – our favourite – a lit­tle stool in the cor­ner or be­side the bath. Strate­gi­cally place a few tow­els in nat­u­ral hues and fin­ish with bath prod­ucts in low-key pack­ag­ing that’s branded sim­ply or not at all.


Try it Nat­u­ral wood is a time­less ma­te­rial that’s per­fect for din­ing tables. An aged tim­ber ta­ble can even be paired with tim­ber chairs as long as you break it up with con­trast, in this case a green wall of win­dows nearby and candles above.

Top the ta­ble with boards or trays that don’t nec­es­sar­ily match but cel­e­brate the grain and in­clude some un­pol­ished metal tro­phies or rus­tic can­dle­hold­ers.

SIM­PLE STONE Loop vase, $29, from Zakkia. MINI METAL Cop­per flower dishes, $26.95 for 2, from Kikki.K. TRAY FOR TWO Sven­ska wooden tray, $39.95, from Kikki.K. NEW FLAME Mar­ble can­dle­holder, $29.95, from Free­dom. HIGH POINTS Wooden lad­der towel rack, $79.95, from Amalfi. TREE TIME Elm square side ta­ble, $159.95, from Zanui. NAT­U­RAL WEAVE Orissa floor mat, $59.95, from Free­dom. RAT­TAN SEAT Pro­vin­cial oak cross-back chair, $169, from Early Set­tler.

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