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Organic Accents: Branches Used As Decor

Organic Accents: Branches Used As Decor

Recently admired in several compelling interiors, we are drawn to these bare branches’ functioning as home accessories. Here are a few ideas on how it might work in your living space.

Above: A hanging branch adds rustic appeal to this interior photographed by Lincoln Barbour.

Above: To recreate the look of this simple children’s room in the Netherlands, source a gnarled branch from your local hiking path and add other inexpensive elements, such as a Pearl River lantern and a vintage map.

Above: An ingenious detail at the Hotel Berge in Germany uses branches as lighting supports. Also see Storage: Hotel Berge Towel Ladders.

Above: German designer Katrin Arens has a passion for reusing organic materials, giving them an unexpected second life. Her clever low-tech Vine Branch and Rope is perfect as a bathroom towel rack and can be easily replicated with a salvaged branch, a length of rope, and a couple of hooks.

Above: To make your own branch towel rack, consider using the stainless steel Swing Hooks from Sugatsune; $39.95 at Alema Hardware. A less expensive option: Koch Forged Shoulder Eye Screws; $5.14 each from Amazon. Above R: Natural Hemp Rope; 50 feet for $24.95 at Amazon.

Above: A reclaimed branch handrail in this Netherlands home lends an organic note to a simple, white stairwell.

For more ideas, check out Remodelista’s posts Holiday Table for Rue Magazine, Clyde Common Restaurant in Portland, Oregon, and DIY: Branch Light.

We’d love to see your creative uses for branches.

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4:13PM PDT on May 5, 2013

These branches make such amazing home decors! I love hanging branch lights around my house. I got mine from They're so gorgeous!

5:02AM PST on Nov 14, 2012

Great ideas I love the railing . Thanks for sharing .

2:05AM PST on Nov 4, 2012

I use branches, seed pods and all sorts from outdoors in my decor. Nature produces such beautiful decorations. Currently where I am sitting I have dried flower branches from a Coconut Palm hanging from the light fixture above me

7:46AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

I used a manzanita branch as a curtain holder with a light green curtain over a roman shade. It made a decorative interesting touch to my living room.

7:44AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Once I used a manzanita branch to hold back my curtain - just on one side. It made a stunning, decorative touch to the room with light green curtain and roman shade.

9:28AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

How cool.. i really like the lighting support in the bathroom and the handrail on the staircase.

2:18AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Beautiful ideas

6:21PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

Gorgeous! I especially love the stair handle and the lighting support.

12:35AM PST on Feb 18, 2012

We used long branches to hang curtains in our bedroom, it looked pretty good

9:42AM PST on Feb 15, 2012

I've used branches and they look great.

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