10 Ideas on How to Bring Natural Materials Into Your Space

As we head into the fall and cooler temperatures, desiring for a cozier environment is inevitable. An easy way to make that happen is by incorporating natural materials – think woods, cork, wool, rattan, sisal, bamboo – into the mix to add elements of texture and warmth. Objects made from natural materials outlive any trend making them wise investments for the home. The pieces fall into the neutral category which means they complement any style of decor, from minimalist to maximalist, offering something for everyone. Keep reading for 10 ideas on how to incorporate natural materials into your space.

black and wood scandinavian kitchen timer

Nordic Kitchen Timer by Eva Solo
A modern spin on a practical necessity, this minimalist kitchen timer will help you keep an eye on your cooking while looking stylish when not in use.

curved firewood holder holding firewood

Mission Firewood Holder by Ciseal
As we head into the colder months, those with fireplaces or fire pits will be in need of a place to store their firewood and this handmade curved plywood design will hold more than enough to keep warm through the night.

geometric wooden coasters with a glass

HEX Reversible Coasters by Tat Design
These geometric coasters waste no material by creating two coasters out of one section of wood. Add them to any table for visual interest and for giving glasses a place to rest.

modern chair in light wood with woven seat and backrest

MG501 Cuba Chair Paper Cord by Carl Hansen & Son
If you’re looking to make a bigger statement, add a chair or two to your living space, like this foldable one made from oak and natural paper cord.

modern cork clock with white metal face and black hands

Clork Clock by Puik Design
Cork has been making a huge statement in recent years as a practical material for making most any kind of object, in this case, a modern clock with a cork frame and white metal face with a nod to Dutch design.

modern wood tray holding essentials, like watch, glasses and wallet

Wooden Catchall Tray by Oakywood
A small but handy addition to any entryway, dresser or bedside table, this walnut tray holds all your essentials while presenting as a stylish object.

wood framed round mirror atop a wood base

Aino Mirror by Skagerak
There are plenty of chrome makeup mirrors on the market but oftentimes, they’re not well designed. Enter this design-forward oak mirror that’s both functional and a welcome sight on any vanity.

concrete bookend inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and his Ennis House

Ennis Tile Bookend by BRCJ Designs
Whether you use it as a bookend, paperweight or a design object, this cool concrete tile will add a hint of Frank Lloyd Wright to your home.

modern incense burner with wood base and concrete sphere holding the incense stick


Concrete Sphere + Wood Incense Burner by KOMOLAB
There are all kinds of incense burners out there but maybe you’re looking for one that elevates the incense game. This this minimalist wood and concrete one, which has a sculptural feel.

modern minimalist slatted wood bench

Cutter Bench 48″ by Skagerak
Large wood furniture pieces definitely bring a feeling of warmth and sophistication to any space. This modern bench works on the patio, in an entryway or foot of the bed adding texture and warmth to often ignored areas.

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Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.