• A powder room is a good place to experiment with an accent wall of natural stone or shiplap on the walls or ceiling, to see whether you like the look. It's a smaller space yet one guests always see.

• A partial renovation in the kitchen or bathroom can be a good time to introduce natural stone or wood.

• If you're not renovating, you can bring in natural elements with rustic accent pieces or a rustic reclaimed wood table.

• Bring in nature through fabrics and wallpaper that include trees, plants or look like wood, even if you don't see any outside your window.

• Choose one or more floating wood shelves to soften rooms with a lot of hard surfaces.

• Experiment with mirrors that have wood frames, either rustic or polished, depending on your taste and your home's style.

• If you plan to use wood or stone in one space, it's best to have it trickle in from a porch to the interior of your home, or to flow through the house in some way.