Dark tones in this bathroom make for a space that's comforting and masculine. Two nature-inspired paintings bring life to the room, establishing the design scheme of the space. A wall-to-wall mirror and floor with large tiles keep the bath feeling expansive.
Designer Douglas Hilton's ground floor guest bath is a sumptuous study in art and nature with a soaking tub, sculpture, a striking oil painting and stunning Christian Lacroix for Designer's Guild wallpaper that references the great outdoors with cheeky style.
This back yard looks like a small, modern museum garden. The tidy deck features comfortable seating around a unique art piece incorporating wood and painting. The greens and blues of nature complement the white of the structure -- and vice versa.
A custom painting by Thomas Swanston serves as the focal point of this nature-inspired living room. Below, a charming fireplace is backed with brick set in a herringbone pattern. An upholstered bench wraps all the way around the fireplace, providing fireside seating.
As a focal point to the end of the dining room, a large painting draws the eye down the length of the space, bringing more nature inside. More reclaimed materials are featured - a table made from reclaimed wood and lamps made of found bottles.
For this master bedroom, designers wanted to create a space that would feel as happy as it would restful. The palette was inspired by nature as well as a beloved watercolor painting. And the colors, especially the blue accent wall, mimic watercolors' soft look.
Painting exposed ceiling beams black is more than an accent to a living space, it brings classic intrigue and an updated farmhouse feel to this transitional room. Using thick, textured material for the fireplace mantel adds a striking focal point that emulates the rustic nature of the dining table.
A trio of panels by de Gournay, which creates hand-painted wallpaper and fabrics, evoke the exquisite and exotic nature of feathers into a master bedroom designed by Tristan Harstan in a Southeastern Designer Showhouse.
This clean and bright modern dining room looks to its wood elements for the color in the space. The table and chairs have elements of craftsman and contemporary styles; the small, antique child's chair echoes the colorful nature of the cheery painting above. Crown molding adds a refined flair.
This lush blue sofa is a perfect place to relax after a long day. Comfortable white pillows are a stark contrast to the velvety couch, and botanicals on the rustic-yet-modern coffee table add a nature-inspired feel. A modern sculpture and painting in the background add interest to the space.
An all-white dining room enables you to go in any direction. Here, a fall-themed decorating scheme that celebrates nature anchors the table and sideboard. Jewel-toned flowers and leaves, elevated pumpkins, apples, large plants plus colorful artwork and some painted chairs add life and interest.
To make a room appear to be bigger than it is, paint it the same color as the adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space. And make a sunporch look bigger and more inviting by painting it green to reflect the color of nature. Another design trick: If you want to create the illusion of more space, paint the walls the same color as your drapery. It will give you a seamless and sophisticated look.
The view from this modern master bedroom overlooks the pool and the Las Vegas strip. In this space, the colors of the desert are accentuated in the orange beanbag chair and the red-orange painting that hangs on the modern, cinder block wall. The use of these natural colors and textures ensures that, not only does the outside blend into the nature that surrounds this home, so does the inside.
By removing the low-hanging cabinets, this renovated kitchen opens up to an island with a casual eating area, creating additional food preparation space and storage. The kitchen island features royal blue painted stools and three copper pendant lights. The open nature of the kitchen and living room spaces allows for easy transition between the rooms.
Sleek cabinets painted in a chic shade of gray and adorned with modern hardware and a classic white subway tile backsplash offer this kitchen a contemporary look. A butcher block countertop on the island and warm, honey hardwood flooring adds a touch of rusticity that keeps the space from feeling too industrial in nature.
Botanical prints like these are fairly easy to find at thrift and antiques stores, and they can incorporate an old-fashioned luxury into the bedroom. Framed above the bed, they add a sense of nature and calm. “Painting everything ivory and white and the curtains the same color sets off the dark silhouette of the furniture,” says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques." The Jenny Lind Spool bed, an old traveling trunk and shiplapped walls create a cozy feel.
Melamine plates and tumblers are ideal for such a setting, and with so many designs available, you won't have to compromise on style. These dinner plates are from West Elm and the salad plates are by Jonathan Adler. Hint: Pick up a few sticks and spray-paint them gold to add a bit of nature to the table.