Something we try to do here at the EVOKE design blog is discover ways modern homeowners can incorporate their love of the outdoors into a contemporary Pacific Northwest home. Some of the intriguing ideas we’ve explored recently have included tips for bringing nature indoors with modern terrariums and decorating with sustainable reclaimed wood. Today we’ll look at another way to celebrate the outdoors in your home – by decorating with tree branches.
DIY Projects with Branches
One idea we’ve been seeing on home design blogs and Pinterest is DIY branch curtain rods. The idea is to search out a long, smooth branch sturdy enough to support a curtain and then trimming and painting it to suit your purposes. This attractive branch can then serve as a statement piece on a prominent window in your home or even to add a touch of whimsy to a bedroom. We think using metallic spray paint on such a branch could modernize the branch to fit in with contemporary décor and keep it from looking too rustic.
While many DIY-savvy homeowners try their hand on creating wall art from branches, some fine artists have perfected the craft and have become truly skilled at weaving branches together into beautiful contemporary shapes.
Organic fine artist Paul Schick is one of such artists whose twig constructions are truly advanced and aesthetically pleasing.
You can also incorporate branches and twigs in more subtle ways, such as a vase display of branches in a centerpiece or a handsome box made of twigs in an entryway vignette. Branchy pieces are a perfect selection for outfitting a console table.
By placing such pieces on a mirror or placing a mirror behind the vignette, you can create a sense of dimension.
Last but not least, don’t underestimate the power of modern branch décor that is not naturally sourced.
This is a better option for homeowners who do not have the time or the inclination to do DIY projects but who would still like to incorporate a forest feel in their home. Branch prints are also prominent in wallpaper and linens.