Colours of Nature

It’s hard not to be inspired by Nature. Whether staring at the sea, walking on heathland, or indulging in ‘Forest bathing’ we generally all feel more at peace, and more relaxed in Nature. 

Our gardens are of course an extension of this, but what about using nature to inspire us in our homes? Bringing nature into our homes is part of the huge movement called Biophillic design, which describes how we can use nature directly and indirectly to enhance our wellbeing. 

We’re often told by designers and creatives that they are ‘inspired by nature’. But what does this mean, and how can we apply that to our own homes? 

How can we reflect the colours of nature in our homes in a more relaxing way? 



Colour Palette

It’s important that the colour palette you choose means something to you and you feel relaxed, for that reason we’d recommend starting with either very pale neutrals (colours of sand and stone) or watery blues or greens (colours of sky and foliage).   

Earthy colour palettes are also seeing a resurgence now, so it you’re more drawn to a warmer palette, look to the new terracotta's, peaches and brick tones. 



Bring in these complementary or contrasting colours in your artwork, rugs, and accessories.  Colours of sunsets, the earth, sand are the inspiration for warmer schemes. Tones of yellow, peach and orange will work especially well for North facing rooms.

Warmer palettes would include beige, sand, yellow-toned neutrals, which are very is very easy to live with.


Cooler Palettes


Cooler palettes lean towards blues, greys and aquas of coastal landscapes. Muted colours are those with greys blended in, rather than crisper saturated colours. Think steel grey, dark teal and pale blues, whether you bring them into your decor, your furniture or accessories and accents. Cooler palettes also work well with bright pops of more saturated colour, for example fuchsia pink, or mint green, perhaps in your cushions or artwork.


So our advice is be guided by Nature’s palettes, but stay true to the hues you’re naturally drawn to. And bring in plenty of greenery and flowers (ideally real, but faux can work) to really boost the biophillic design of your home.

Posted by Hayley Allen
12th May 2022

Back to index