During my week in Connecticut this fall, the beauty of nature has surrounded (and astounded) me! It is no wonder that the masterpieces of Mother Nature continue to find their way into the world of interior design.
While other design trends come and go, nature inspired elements will continue to remain strong. The beautiful and calming influence they can have on our interior environments is boundless.
The stunningly clear blue sky on a crisp autumn day can take one’s breath away when stopping for a moment to enjoy it. The 2014 Color of the Year: Dazzling Blue, is a perfect example of how our interior design choices often mirror mother nature. The room images (by Willets Design and Global Views) show a nice example of the use of this shade in two different interior spaces. You will also find it showing up in many of today’s new textiles (Kravet fabrics)
While walking through the countryside along the shores of Candlewood Lake, the fresh greens of the fields reminded me of this year’s current Color of the Year: Emerald. It is also reflected in this image of a chest by Hooker Furniture.
The brilliant coral/red hue of a maple tree at its peak is a color I have always enjoyed in my own interior environments. It’s not quite red, not quite coral, not quite orange and not quite persimmon. This spectacular shade can add a welcome splash of color to an otherwise neutral decorating scheme. The unique light fixture pictured here (by Currey & Co) provides an example of the impact this shade can make in a room.
There is a definite presence of twig or branch themed motifs in interior décor. I have been seeing it in furniture pieces, lamps, mirror frames and other room accessories for quite some time. This mirror from Global Views shows the use of this natural element for a great statement piece in any room.
This historic barn with its worn, weathered wood sides speaks to the surge in interest for using reclaimed woods in our interior design. The warm, authentic character of this element can be seen in some of today’s hardwood floor options, furniture pieces and accessories. I am sharing an image of a chest from Currey & Co. that parallels the look of the old barn wood.
The deep purple, aubergine shades of these pieces from Bernhardt and Kravet mock the same shade seen in this tree whose leaves have just reached that perfect shade of purple. This is a color that is coming on strong this fall in everything from home décor to women’s fashions.
Leaves and other botanical inspired patterns are prevalent in fabrics and artwork. This is a wonderful way to freshen up a room as we approach some of the cooler months of the year. If you are not able to maintain live plants in your interior spaces, consider adding a pillow or two in a botanical inspired pattern or replacing a tired piece of artwork with a framed print that is reminiscent of nature.
I hope you will have the same opportunity that I have this fall to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. Take a look at some of your most favorite pieces in your interior décor and see if you can trace them back to their “roots”!
LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE!