Humanity is nothing if not ingenious. From cars to skyscrapers, music to philosophy, the statue of David to Spaghetti junction, human creations have come to define the world. But, with our creations now threatening the planet, our creative efforts are slowly shifting focus away from dominating our environment and towards a harmonious relationship with nature. Nowhere is this shift felt more than in the world of interior design, where natural forms, structures and materials are at the centre of our efforts to strike a balance between our drive to create and our responsibility to our environment. With this in mind, today we’re looking at three ways you can strike this balance yourself, and create a home which exists in harmony with the world around it.
1: Be an artist
While the rest of humanity was busy making its stamp on the natural world, throughout history, the artist has found inspiration and truth in the beauty of the natural world. Van Gogh painted his sunflowers, Monet his lilies, and Klee his dense, lush jungles. When thinking about your interior, be an artist: look for inspiration in nature, and allow the world outside to flow through your home. Find colour in local flowers and minerals, shape in trees and landscapes, and begin to see your home as one part of a continuous natural landscape.
2: Bring nature indoors
Now that you’ve established an artistic link with the natural world, it’s important to maintain it. The easiest way to remain connected to environment is not to shut it out of your home. Small efforts, like drying and displaying local flowers, can have major effects, but of you want to really embed yourself in your ecosystem, why not create decorative and architectural features with locally-salvaged wood or rock? The only limit is your own imagination, so take the time to contemplate your home and the ways in which it interacts with the world around it.
3: Like nature, live in cycles
Nature moves in cycles. Seasons pass and the world changes. If you want your home to really reflect the environment it exists in, then it needs to change and flow too. Instead of trying to create a static look that’s in tension with nature, relax and allow the forms and colours of the different parts of the year to flow into your interior. Think small, regular changes which match the passing of the year: open windows and bare floors in summer to wood fires and rugs in autumn. Varying colour throughout the year is a great way to bring the feeling of seasonal change indoors; change the colour of a feature wall from green in the spring to yellow in the summer to orange in the autumn and a deep, warming mauve in winter.
By letting yourself be inspired by the forms, patterns, colours and cycles of nature, you can transform the way you think about your interior, and about the world itself. So remember: think like an artist, and embrace the diversity and constant flow of nature.