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10 Things Nature Can Teach Us About Decorating

Look outside your windows to learn some of mother nature’s design tricks. Image Source: The Works pdx

Most people don’t always have time to stop and smell the roses, as the saying goes. However, if you are planning on decorating a space in your home, you might want to do just that. There is more design inspiration in nature than you could ever imagine.

You would be surprised at how interior design can be taken to another level by taking the time to really look at nature—and by looking this means to do more than stopping and smelling the roses.

From the colors that you see to the textures you can feel, there are many things that nature can teach us about decorating. Here, you will discover ten ways you can draw inspiration from nature to enhance the interior design of your home.

Draw some inspiration from nature for your next decorating project. Image Source: Armond Pools

1) Color Palettes By Season

The saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers,” and there is plenty of inspiration to be found in spring. After a gray winter, nature opens up the paint buckets and drops beautiful colors of pinks, blues, yellows, oranges, reds, and purples, ranging from dark, bold shades to more pastel hues.

Following spring, you benefit from the bright colors of summer. This includes radiant blue skies, bright green grasses and the yellow rays of the sun. Fall is, perhaps, the most colorful season of the year, bringing oranges, reds, yellows, and greens, (and that is just what is found in the leaves).

Finally, you can draw inspiration from winter. It is more than just drab and dreary gray and white. In fact, this monochromatic season can make for an elegant and clean-looking kitchen or bathroom color palette.

Take some inspiration from the four seasons – spring, summer, fall, and winter – to determine the color palette of your next design, or switch up your color palette to match your current season.

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Draw decor inspiration from the seasons and enjoy the view! Image Source: FINNE

2) Nature Has Hues that are Tonal

When you go pick out paint colors for your next project, or even material to make window treatments, take a look out your windows first. There are more shades of each color than you could ever imagine.

Take, for instance, a green leaf. While many may think that a green leaf is just a green leaf, you need to take a closer look. Most leaves, and even flowers, have tonal changes that can enhance a space. A green leaf may be light around the edges but get darker toward the center.

You can take this inspiration directly into your home. Paint a wall dark on the bottom and lighter on the top, or vice versa, gradually shading much like the leaf. This is just another of the many ways that nature can teach us about decorating.

minimal modern dining room

Even a monochromatic room such as this has varying tones or shades of brown and beige. Remember the tones of of nature when decorating. Image Source: RAAA

3) Nature is More than Green or Brown

When you think about nature, or natural elements in home design, most people think about green landscapes and brown natural wood tones. However, there is much more in nature than the colors brown and green, and more than flowers and foliage, too.

You can draw design inspiration from other natural elements, such as animals. Take, for instance, a butterfly. Not all butterflies are brightly colored, but many have intricate designs, featuring bold patterns and amazing colors. Consider designing a tile backsplash after the wings of a butterfly.

You could also take a look at the mountains across the plains. These dark gray formations with snow white peaks can provide you with an amazing color palette for your kitchen or bathroom. In addition, allow the textures of these objects to inspire the textures you choose for your home.

tile backsplash

Consider designing a tile backsplash after the wings of a butterfly, or the colors of the changing sky during a storm. Image Source: Buckminster Green

4) Look at Nature from a Different Perspective

Another way nature can teach us about decorating is by looking at it from a different perspective. When you walk down the sidewalk in your town, you may see the street lamps above you and then look down at the park bench last, for instance.

This time, look at it differently, as though you were an ant crawling on the ground. You would see the park bench first, being a much larger more prominent object, and the lamp last, being something smaller and less prominent.

You can apply this idea to your living room design. For example, opt for a larger piece of furniture, such as a couch or chaise lounge, and a smaller overhead light. Balance in design is all about varying sizes, so try varying heights, size and shapes in your design—it will add a depth that you never knew possible.

modern white kitchen

Balance in design is all about varying sizes, so try varying heights, size and shapes in your design—high windows, thin pendant lights, large paintings etc… Image Source: Arent Pyke

5) Nature has Elements that are in Motion

If you have ever looked out your window while sitting still inside, you will see something moving. Whether it is a tree branch blowing in the breeze or a bird flapping it’s wings in a hurry to reach its destination, something is moving.

Bring this concept into your home and learn from the natural movement found outdoors. This doesn’t mean that you need something that actually moves.

It does mean, however, that you want to keep the eye moving along the walls of your home. This is especially beneficial in a small space if you …read more      

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