Interior design elements important to successful decorating projects include light, color, materials, pattern, texture, proportion and scale. Each of the elements are evident in nature, and especially visible in summertime.
We thrive on sunlight, as do all plants and animals. Most of us feel better in summer than other times of the year because there are more daylight hours. Similarly, the ways in which you use lighting in your home will affect your mind, body, and spirit.
Summer is the best time of year to observe profuse color in nature. Brightly colored fresh fruit and vegetables abound. A rainbow of colors in flower gardens and lush foliage can offer ideas for beautiful colors to use in our home decorating projects.
Summer suggests many natural materials to use in decorating our homes. Cool, crisp, and refreshing cotton and linen fabrics, sisal and jute rugs, rattan and wicker furniture are all borrowed from nature and delightful to use in our interior design.
Patterns in nature can give us some fascinating ideas to translate into our decorating projects. Flowers and foliage are often used in printed fabrics, but use your imagination to use pattern in many other ways. Contrasting patterns of light and shadow, cloud formations, even the markings in wildlife can be creatively applied to various patterns in your home.
Many interesting textures in nature's summer landscape encourage us to use varied textures to complement each other in our home decorating. Observe the beauty of a white velvety magnolia blossom against it's own smoothly polished leaves. Compare the contrasting textures in your own back yard and repeat them in fabrics and finishes for a naturally occurring textural variety.
You can always rely on perfect proportion in nature, and summer's
fully developed plant life will reveal it to you. When you question whether or not part of your decorating project is proportionate, you need only take a walk outdoors and your visual cues are provided by Mother Nature.
Along with proportion, determining the proper scale in interior design can sometimes be a source of quandary. Mother Nature to the rescue! In summer, when foliage is fullest, it is easy to observe nature's answers to our questions about scale. From the lawn, to the boxwood, to the magnolia tree, you can depend on nature for her perfect scale, which you can then emulate in your creative design projects.
Summer is, indeed, the best season of the year to stimulate your creativity, using nature as inspiration for your interior design projects.