Going modern organic will give your home a light and relaxing look

Woody browns and grey, stone-like whites are an ultra modern adaptation of the organic modern look (Plana wardrobe from €1,200 at LOMI)

ANOTHER week, another trend. This time it’s modern organic, and before you start thinking this means ditching your poly cotton linens and upholstery for 100% organic cottons and all the ensuing ironing, wait a minute.

ANOTHER week, another trend. This time it’s modern organic, and before you start thinking this means ditching your poly cotton linens and upholstery for 100% organic cottons and all the ensuing ironing, wait a minute.

Modern organic is just a way of describing a light and very fresh look that relaxes the eye away from the modish trend for bright colour, to focus on natural wood, stone, cloudy white, and a smudge of sky blue and sunny yellow.

Don’t confuse it, though, with the neutral, minimalist craze of the noughties which tended to be all about the middle ground in home interiors, cream and beige. Modern organic has both depth and lightness, where rustic style sharpens up and unites with the freshness of the beach look and incorporating elements from nature.

Cotton, leather and wood are the main materials. Walls are painted in white, ranging from the warmer milky winter white to cooler grey tinted versions. Curtains are also white, and lightweight to the point of being almost diaphanous, allowing light to flood a room.

In fact, natural light is absolutely essential to making the look work. The inclusion of wooden furniture needs to be handled with care. If it’s chunky then it misses the mark. For the modern aspect of modern organic, the lines need to be clean and sharp otherwise you’ll end up with a purely rustic look.

If you opt to introduce it but feel you’ve achieved something more spartan,, try a scattering of cow hides on wooden floors to help ground the light feeling created by white walls and drapery. But don’t be afraid of a little shot of colour here and there. It works particularly well with the look in summertime.

Try a clutch of red and orange nasturtiums in a little glass vase set on a side table beside a creamy upholstered chair, or in the middle of a wooden dining table. Keep any bright colour additions to natural items such as fresh flowers and flowering plants; artificial flowers, (which rather astonishingly are back in fashion), are dust gatherers and fade and age quickly to become an eyesore in your modern organic interior.

Also consider the necessary additions to make sure your home doesn’t have the aesthetics of a furniture warehouse by accessorising and including those personal items that turn a house into a home. But do it with care and discernment.

Abandoning our reliable friend the cuddly cushion and turning our attention to the plain white walls for a moment, keep an eye out in the shops for botanical themes as this is another trend for summer. It crops up on everything from tableware to kitchen tea-towels to cushions and bed linens.

For something a little different think botanical prints, even to the point of getting out your camera to take close-up shots of garden blooms. Get them printed and framed. Soften the lines of furniture or bring texture to your white and streamlined modern look by displaying a branch from a tree, twigs from a woodland walk which you can spray paint, or driftwood from a visit to the beach being careful not to over furnish.

Above all, the look should create a feeling of calm but also reflect your personality while being careful not to over-furnish.

Next week it’s transparent furniture.


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