Look to Nature
by Kate Riley on November 18th, 2011
People often say “I love color, I just don’t know how to make it work in my home,” so they tend to play it safe with neutrals. One of the easiest ways to learn how to incorporate vivid color into your home is to look to nature. While the pages of shelter magazines are always a source of color inspiration, usually nature has already figured it out for you. Each color has its own psychology, so what’s most important is to ask yourself how you want to feel in your space, and then take a look at nature to give you its best clues.
When was the last time you took a long walk through a quiet forest? A long hike through the trees will expose you to many natural shades of green from the sage color of moss to the more saturated hues in the leaves. Green is a color that is often associated with tranquility. If you seek a space that feels natural, organic, and restful, then choose paint colors, accents or fabrics in shades of green.
No one can deny the rejuvenating feel of water or the relaxing lull of the ocean waves. According to most questionnaires, time and again blue is the color that is named as most people’s favorite color, especially among men. Blue is the color of sky and sea and is associated with clarity and creativity. Blue is always a good color choice for its calming effects on the senses.
Red is a stimulating color, and also one of vitality. Red evokes very strong emotions, most often passion and love, it is also energetic and always captures the eye. Red is a color that can’t be ignored and will always make a statement. Just the right amount of red in a space begs to be noticed so choose red if it’s attention you seek!
In search of a joyful hue? Look no further than yellow! Yellow is an uplifting color often associated with happiness. Bright yellows are confident and optimistic while mustard yellows are more earthy. If you want your space to feel playful and energetic, pull yellow into your room.
Purple is a hue associated with spirituality and beauty, and its rich tones are reminiscent of royalty and wealth. Purple is decidedly alluring and always a bold choice because it conveys luxury, power, and confidence.
Even something as simple as the produce from the farmer’s market can provide you with clues when you choose color. Are you drawn to the deep indigo of blueberries or the bright hues of a ripe nectarine?
You can always look to any of the botanicals in nature to guide you in making your color choices. For example, the warm tones of rust, caramel and orange all work to complement each other in something so simple as a gathering of autumn’s bounty.
If nature has already produced the hue, chances are it will work for you too.