Nature offers an incredibly diverse world of colors, shades, textures and patterns! Opening ourselves up to what surrounds us, takes honest effort. It is not as easy as simply looking around, it is much more complex that that, and a whole lot more fun! If you take the time to find the color inspiration from nature, you can apply your found inspiration and take any project to a whole new level. When it comes to color combinations, nature is a great coach and can even teach us to see colors and colors combinations we have never really considered before.
Many design periods thrive on color inspiration from different periods. The Arts and Crafts movement for example, certainly pulls not only the colors but the decorative elements often found in nature.
The Pantone Color Institute looked to nature when it chose Greenery (15-0343) as the Pantone Color of the Year 2017. It’s the perfect shade for 2017 – refreshing, revitalizing, and symbolic of renewal and rebirth. It’s life affirming, vital, and it can be in inspiring color to work with! Green is one of those colors with many variations, that can certainly energize your creative side!
Take a Closer Look.
Looking at nature makes people more observant. It’s easy to take natural landscapes, vegetation, and trees for granted. I encourage you to go outdoors. Seek out the many varieties of natural landscapes and their colors.
No tree trunk is only one shade of brown. And you couldn’t paint leaves with only one shade of green. Look out for the reds and yellows, pinks, whites, and blues that might surprise you. And watch how the changing light changes it all!
Natural landscapes near you might include gardens, valleys, and cliffs, pastures, parks, oceans, rivers, and lakes. If you can’t get out, or you want to take your inspiration from further afield, open up a copy of any travel guide or something like National Geographic. Make yourself a palette based on the Arizona desert, a snow-capped mountain range, the plumage of an exotic bird, or a sea creature’s stripes.
Think also about how nature changes. Trees that are bare in winter can be red, green, or gold by autumn. A field of stunning multicolored flowers in spring can be shockingly white and serene in winter. Your view changes on a daily basis too, giving rise to the eternal debate of what colors you love most: sunrise or sunset?
Just as nature changes, evolves, and adapts, so can your home, your color choices, and your combinations. Change is a part of life. I think you should feel free to change your furniture arrangement, your colors, and your textures and furnishings, as often and as little as you like.
Remembering What Inspires You.
Capturing what inspires you can be a challenge, which is one of the reasons I created the Color911 app, because it was a tool I personally needed!
The app will help you envision your new shades and color relationships before you commit to using them. Create your own color palettes, make duplicate copies and change up the colors, be as creative with your colors that you want! Use your iPhone to take pictures of natural scenes that appeal to you – don’t forget the wildlife, take photos of whatever inspires you, and pull colors from the photos for inspiration.
Conclusively, nature combines colors in a way that always seems to look effortless. There’s a lot we can learn from the outdoor world around us! If you want to create a natural feel in your home, borrow from the colors of nature, and you can’t go wrong!