Inspired by her travels abroad, Natasha Sidhu has created an exotic sanctuary in her west London home that’s cool, calm and styled with thriving plants of all varieties.
“The best way to describe my home is that it’s like opening the door and being transported to a tropical little oasis with lots of Bali and Moroccan-style infusions,” says Natasha, whose Instagram account (@la_sidhu) shows the renovation journey of her two-bedroom house that she shares with her husband and pet bearded dragon Inka.
There are more than 100 happy houseplants flowing from doorways, shelves and walls, while every room is adorned with copious amounts of treasures from the couple’s travels.
The home of @La_Sidhu: see inside Natasha’s urban jungle oasis
Want to know how you can achieve a jungle-inspired abode of your own? Follow these tips to give inject your space with a green and serene ambience…
Choose a variety of houseplants
Including plants is the perfect way to bring the outside into your interior but rather than just opting for one type of plant style, use a variety to really mix it up. Natasha has lots of cacti, succulents and exotic-looking houseplants, which are ideal if you’re looking for easy plant care.
She’s also used trailing plants to break up the hard lines between walls and doors. The same goes for planters – look at different ways to display them, from planters on legs, wall-hung designs and even planting up ceramics and pots that are designed for other uses.
Use desert-inspired colours
When it comes to colours, opt for a palette inspired by burnished sands and golden sunshine, such as orange, rust, tan and other earthy shades. Team this with the beautiful olive greens from plants, and you’ll have a desert-inspired interior that’s warm, rich and organic.
Add a living wall
One of the main standout features of Natasha’s living space is the living wall above her sofa, which not is not only a unique way to introduce greenery into a small room (as it takes up less surface space), but also brings the room to life.
Natasha has used a vintage frame, with moss and a mesh grid on top, from which she can attach her wall planters for a clever 3D effect.
Show off ceramics
Continue the earthy palette with ceramics in rustic terracotta, unglazed porcelain and stone, featuring raw, organic shapes with a handmade feel. No need to have everything matching – this look is about mixing it up, with different shapes and textures to add interest.
Use them as vases on shelves, as planters, for tableware and as objects of beauty around the home – the more rustic the better.
Add natural materials
Jute, seagrass, rattan, leather, cotton, cane and bamboo – all of these types of materials work well for natural homes and are a huge trend right now. From woven baskets to jute rugs and macramé wall hangings, these natural elements offer us a connection to the outdoors and evoke a sense of peace in interiors. Shiny metallic accessories work well with these natural materials, as would dark wood flooring.
Get the look: Natasha Sidhu’s urban oasis
Beach Palm pendant, £125, Curious Egg
Snake plant, from £10, Patch Plants
Sun Valley Vista, £29 for 2.5l Premium Blend v700 Walls & Ceilings paint, Valspar
Orange O2emulsion, £38 for 2.5 litres, Lick Home
Hanging Lot chair, £375, Nest
Cyclamen & Cedar large diffuser, £34.95, Peppermint Grove
Marché basket, £18, Yonder Living
Textured terracotta vase, £55, Cox & Cox