Nature's Influence in Home Decor

By: Paula Winter

The best inspiration is taken from nature; inspiration for paint color, furniture pieces, even color of the furniture. Nature moves us and inspires us whether we are decorating our houses, writing about something, or just living daily life. Nature has a certain rhythm that we attempt to replicate in our homes, or we try to incorporate when we pick the location of our home.

The visual imagery of ‘high color’ and ‘summer’ are rather synonymous--all stunningly found in nature. Summer seems to appear in luscious jewel tones, rich earth & vibrant foliage, rustic bark & soothing naturals. Definition of natural: existing in or formed by nature. For example, linen fabric is produced from fiber extracted from the stems of the flax plant. It was an important textile before wool and cotton. 

For those who read music it can also be defined as: “the sign, placed before a note, canceling the effect of a previous sharp or flat.a note affected by a, or a tone thus represented.”

As music is also inspired by nature, it is only natural that music should inspire at least some aspects of home design/décor. In design, this musical allusion correlates to the importance of placement. The placement, well planned and scaled, yields a pleasing visual message. For instance, if a poorly selected companion to a piece of furniture is located next to it—what will you see? Where will your eye be drawn?

Exactly where it shouldn’t be. These images are good examples of a graceful and bold combination of placement, scale, and accent color. With regards to color then, if a vibrant color or shocking patterned fabric is upholstering a classic chair—what is the goal? Possibly to add a bold statement—perfectly acceptable and potentially exciting! However, what will you be impressed with—the fabric or the chair? (Maybe you don’t really like the chair—another story!) Choices are made to achieve your goal.

So, the message here is that we don’t want to cancel out, or otherwise highlight, one element or another unless it’s done with purpose and intent. We can choose to enhance one element in a design, or diminish its importance, with the careful placement of another.

“A designer knows when he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” - Antoine de Saint Exupery

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