4 Ways to Get Inspired by the Outdoors

by Melissa Michaels on May 29th, 2014


Now that spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner, it’s time to get inspired outdoors! I love how this time of year opens up new possibilities for not only expanding our living space, but also inspires ways to bring the outside in. Nature is the ultimate decorator, so it makes sense to take decorating cues and inspiration from what you see outside your front door. The mix of colors, the complex textures, the various shapes and the refreshing ambiance from outdoors can inspire color palettes and home decor throughout our home.

Decorating outdoors

Here are four ways to get inspired.

1. Create a peaceful space for relaxation outdoors.

I love being outside when the weather is nice. There is something so peaceful about an outdoor space! Do you have a place set aside to enjoy the beautiful weather? If you live in a hot climate, you might prefer to set up a space under a porch or umbrella and enjoy it during the coolest part of the day. All you really need is a comfortable chair and a place to set a cool drink and a stack of books or magazines. I like to create a peaceful sitting area on my covered front porch where I can start the day surrounded by plants and the birds chirping. Bring in natural texture through woven and outdoor wood furniture, and add a pop of your favorite colors through a rug, pots of flowers or outdoor pillows.

add texture with plants

2. Bring nature in.

Even if you don’t have a green thumb or a yard of your own to plant in, you can incorporate small, affordable, easy-to-care-for succulents and air plants into your home decor. Living things make a home come to life! Tucking little potted plants onto window sills and shelves adds a natural textural element to your home.

Boats on the water

3. Get inspired by outdoor color palettes.

Do you love to spend summers on a boat? Or are you more inspired by a hike up a mountain or a picnic in a garden? Think about places in nature that really speak to you and incorporate those colors into a palette for walls and furniture. If you can find an inspiration photo from an outdoor space that speaks to you, try loading a photo into the My Image Inspiration tool for a suggested color palette.

4. Collect natural elements for your home.

As you travel or spend time outdoors this summer, bring home natural items you collect to add to your decor. A few river rocks, starfish, a jar of sand, pressed wild flowers, or even a collection of branches can add just the right personal touch to your home and keep fond memories of summer vacations alive all year round.

Categories: Color, Inspiration, Planning Your Project


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