Inspired by: Nature

I am temporarily back in Hampshire whilst I finish my masters and I am making the most of the beautiful nature that I'm surrounded by on the coast! I also forget how much I love being by the sea until I'm back here, it sounds a bit cheesy but the air feels different by the coast and I love it! I've always taken inspiration from nature, whether that be literally in colour schemes and materials or just taking a walk to clear my head and get the creativity flowing again. I'm always trying to find ways to get more nature indoors to help with my creativity and well being so this post is all about different ways to get nature into your spaces. 

Image Source: South Howard

Image Source: South Howard

Image Source: Sophie Howard

Image Source: Sophie Howard

Physically

The most obvious way to get nature into your spaces is to add plants, lots of plants...the bigger the better in my opinion! Mix different species of plants to add texture and visual intrigue. Choose plants of various heights too, or place them on different surfaces. You can never have too many plants! 

Image Source: Glamorous Paris

Image Source: Glamorous Paris

Architecturally

I love this idea! Rather then cutting down trees, build your space around them, including them and making them a focal point! It creates a beautiful story of the new house enclosing the history of the nature that was before the structure. I find it awfully poetic and you will either totally understand that or not at all! Would love to create something like this when I eventually get around to building my own dream house! 

Image Source: Architectural Digest

Image Source: Architectural Digest

Aesthetically

If you are adverse to having physical plants in your spaces then pictures or paintings of plants can be just as effective! Prints can be a fairly inexpensive and they always look good. Choose either one really large print or group together 3 or 4 smaller ones.  

Image Source: The Aestate

Image Source: The Aestate

Subconsciously

One of the most subtle ways to get the effects of nature into your home is by using natural materials throughout. As humans we are very tactile creatures so benefit greatly from being able to touch and feel different materials. Using a variety of materials in your home adds warmth and depth to your spaces. Try introducing Bamboo, its sustainable, versatile, robust and is very on trend! Bamboo is used in so many different forms from counter tops and construction materials, to fabric and light fittings. These chairs are made of Bamboo, they look fab and are a great way to add something a bit more tactile into your space. 

Image Source: HomeDeco

Image Source: HomeDeco

I love having as much nature as possible surrounding me and am always trying to find more ways to find more natural inspiration. I hope this post has inspired you to add more nature into your spaces in ways you possibly hadn't thought of. If you have any interior questions for me please feel free to ask by using the hashtag #asksophieinteriors on any of my social media and I will answer them all in my next 'Ask Sophie' post. If you want to see more of my day to day head over to my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and give me a follow! And if you haven't voted yet for the Amara Interior Blog Awards please follow this link and cast your vote. Until next time...

Much love, 

Sophie