Nature is the easiest place to find colour inspiration – just looking as far as the autumn leaves on your neighbour’s porch, or the many subtle colour variations in a collection of shells or the variety of neutrals in a bed of river rocks or a colourful bird in your garden can provide you with clever colour schemes for your interior.

Subconsciously we are aware of the colour combinations we see in nature – this makes is easier for us to accept the same or similar colour combinations in our homes.

When using colour we are creating a visual experience, therefore it is important to use colours in harmony. Harmony creates visual balance and a sense of order. If we don’t create harmony through colour we are either left with something boring or chaotic. The human brain rejects visuals that are bland and boring (under-stimulating) or visuals that are so busy and chaotic (over-stimulating) that it cannot organise or understand.

Nature is the best starting point for harmonious colour combinations – in nature we never see colour combinations that shock, instead we see colour combinations that are soothing, comforting and pleasing to the eye.

Turning to nature for colour inspiration can provide you with unlimited harmonious ideas and colour schemes for your home, after all Mother Nature is the ultimate colour source and expert!

Here are a few examples of colour combinations inspired by nature:

Shades of grey and brown - Greige

Shades of grey and brown – Greige

Vibrant blue butterflies to vibrant blue chair and shed.

Vibrant blue butterflies to vibrant blue chair and shed.

Subtle colour variations in bird eggs.

Subtle colour variations in bird eggs.

Soft pastel colour scheme inspired by a butterfly and surroundings.

Soft pastel colour scheme inspired by a butterfly and surroundings.

Pink blossoms to aqua blue sky.

Pink blossoms to aqua blue sky.

Grey stallion with black spots.

Grey stallion with black spots.

Soft neutral tones of the females are contrasted by the pretty blue colour of the male.

Soft neutral tones of the females are contrasted by the pretty blue colour of the male.

White flower with soft shades of pink.

White flower with soft shades of pink.

Soft pink blossom set against a misty backdrop with turquoise coloured sky.

Soft pink blossom set against a misty backdrop with turquoise coloured sky.

Vibrant red against dark bare branches.

Vibrant red against dark bare branches.

Light cast on tree trunks and green surroundings.

Light cast on tree trunks and green surroundings.