Design Inspired By Nature

There are so many influences from nature in my designs. Quite often this is subliminal, but can also be more obvious, for instance I love to use natural materials such as wood, stone, horn coral rope, capiz, but also perhaps in not such an obvious way, the way the light reflects across the water could be interpreted into a crystal bowl lit from above with a deliberate down lighter, or a luscious thick pile rug could have been inspired from watching a meadow gently blowing in the wind, changing the way the texture looks and feels whilst it sweeps across.

I generally use the organic world and the environment around my individual projects to influence me on how and what I will create the interior. I visualise the end result almost immediately by doing this.

Working in Cities, the countryside and beach side locations gives so much scope to be influenced by nature, and elements of each project are full of individuality and feel in touch with their surroundings.

The way this glass staircase curves and the chrome chaise sits below, beautifully compliments the energy of a waterfall and how it flows and falls at the bottom of a lake.

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This beach side apartment was kept in neutral tones so that the backdrop could say it all, however the soft thick white throw on the sofa was inspired by the waves hitting the shore outside, although its function is one of coziness in the room.  Notice the natural elements in this room, such as the twigs in the stone pot and the mother of pearl dishes and photo frame on the coffee table.

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One of the most important and perhaps the one major factor that inspires me from nature, is the way light falls. It could be the watching it  washing over a building giving contrast to the surrounding area that gives me an idea to re-create this in a project. Whatever it may be it is important to remember that nature offers up an abundance of inspiration when designing, you just need to open your mind to it.

Celia’s Interior Style File:

1. My house is really small and I am running out of places to store everything – mainly my clothes – HELP!

The first thing you need to do is de-clutter . In your bedroom go through your wardrobe and be strict with yourself, anything you haven’t worn for over 2 years ask yourself if you are actually going to wear it ever again? You’ll be surprised at how much space this will free up once you start the process and you’ll probably find you have created ample space for your remaining clothes and even space for new ones!   Do the same throughout the rest of your house. If you have paperwork piling up around the house invest in a good filing cabinet so that this can be organised and put away. Remember if you don’t use it, lose it!

2. I am looking to re-do my kitchen but it comes at a big cost – any tips for how to keep costs down?

Can you replace or revamp the cabinet doors instead of buying new ? If the carcasses are intact then this will save you lots of money. You can also buy work tops that are not expensive if this needs replacing. A good paint (tile paint can be an option if you have tiled walls) to freshen up the colour will also help as will some funky new accessories to give it a modern fresh feel.

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13 comments

  1. Great article, I look forward to the next one. I ve learnt so much. thank you.

  2. Sally-Ann Jones

    Wow, that beach side apartment looks stunning, I love the white and neutrals. Nice article

  3. I love the feel of the beach front apartment. It’s so calm and peaceful. Great column Celia! Looking forward to the next one

  4. Absolutely love this column, been a big fan of Celia for a while now – it’s great to see her expert advice! Can’t wait for next weeks.

  5. Oh this is interesting, made some notes and will use this for my own home!

  6. Oh this is interesting!

  7. Any chance of covering neutral shades of paint for walls but that add warmth. Love the info.

    • Hi go for warm tones, i.e get colour charts that have creams, warm ivories, beiges, chocolates. Don’t go for the blue tones. There are so many to choose from good luck. X

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