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Homeowners can give their properties an organic feel by adding wooden window shutters, according to an interior designer. 

Lori Gilder told the Seattle Times that the use of nature-inspired materials has become a major concept in the design world and works well for window dressings, with eco-friendly pieces combining to create a classy look.

She said: “It’s no longer a trend, but more of a philosophy in the evolution of design. Bamboo, matchstick blinds and natural woven shades layered with simple, sheer linen panels create an elegant yet earthy sophistication in any space.”

The publication went on to list a number of other suggestions on how to use windows to enhance a room, suggesting that cheerful drapes can brighten up any space and natural light works beautifully when combined with different coloured sheers.

However, Ms Gilder pointed out that people should not be afraid of using stainless steel items as part of their interior design plan, since they can deliver a “simple, unadorned look”.

Following an organic style need not stop at the materials used either, according to architect and designer Hadi Teherani. He told The National that he likes to take inspiration from the way landscapes are formed when drawing up plans.

Mr Teherani explained that when he designed a university campus facility he looked at the way the sands in a desert move around in order to give the building a “special allure” through its sweeping form.