Bringing the outside in

A more natural look has become increasingly popular in interior design and doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon.

Rattan and bamboo furniture, stone and timber surfaces and accents, and materials sourced from nature are available across the range of high end and more affordable interior design stores.

To introduce more natural materials into your home, opt for natural fibres when sourcing your next couch upgrade or cosy rug.

Natural fibres are animal or plant-based and include cotton, linen, wool, leather, silk and hemp. Generally, natural fibres are more sustainable than artificial fibres, as well as more durable. Here is a breakdown of a few favourites.

Linen is a plant-based fibre, that comes from the flax plant and softens over time. The fabric is breathable, lightweight, absorbent, and durable.

Similar to canvas in texture, hemp is a highly sustainable plant-based fibre. The fabric is strong and has great water resistance.

An animal-based fibre commonly from sheep but also other animals such as alpacas. Wool is durable and water-resistant due to the oil from the animal’s skin.

The most used fabric in commercial design, cotton can be made into an array of products from couches to carpet. Cotton is strong, flexible, and soft.

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