When the pandemic started back in March, we all became confined to our interior spaces. What that meant for many of us is that our beloved homes became multifunctional centers around which our personal and work life revolved. Now more than ever, as we find ourselves working from home, it’s become incredibly important to cultivate spaces that make us feel good.
For some of us, this means bringing extra greenery in our spaces or taking it even further and intentionally incorporating natural color palettes into the home interior to reflect and suit our new lifestyle. In other words, amidst the pandemic’s chaos, I realized that creating moments of beauty in my space was critical to maintaining wellness at home.
For me, Spring in confinement sparked a strong desire to declutter my home, dust off and showcase objects of special significance, and really make sure that my home provided the joy and inspiration I’d typically get from traveling and being in nature.
All of the pieces from my antique collection, including candle holders, ceramics, tableware, etc. came out of the “special occasion” drawer and right into daily use. Our 1920’s era 2 bedroom apartment in San Francisco came to life as my new canvas.
From essential home errands like decluttering the pantry and organizing drawers, to plant styling, my space became an endless to-do list of enhancement scenarios. It became clear at some point that I needed a unifying direction for my ideas. After some contemplation, I realized that I needed to bring inside what I missed the most - the natural world in its full splendor of colors and texture.
Nature holds a vast array of colors to choose from, and these decisions might feel overwhelming at first. In searching for a color palette that best suits you, consider some insights from the field of color psychology. Dr. Angela Wright associates color with personality types among four groups – Spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
Each group coincides with seasonal color palettes found in nature to reflect the color preferences and energetic styles of different personality types.
It’s useful to think about natural color palettes in terms of seasons to tune in to how they make you feel. Spring carries an array of soft and warm colors and lots of light - think fresh greens, glimmers of soft pastels reminiscent of new blooms, with a lot of airiness and transparency.
This color profile holds a sense of hope, energy, and optimism as it reminds us of nature emerging from its sleep to blossom again.
Image courtesy of La Fille à Panier
A Summer color profile is commonly thought of as more rooted in natural colors like rich earthy tones - muted, subtle, and understated. It’s grounded and delightful with its energy of grace and elegance.
Photo courtesy of The Joshua Tree House
Fall is rich with vibrant jewel tones and bold, striking color combinations. This profile is evocative of a love for colorful art, books, and ornamental objects. This is my personal style of interior decorating.
I just recently completed our living room and my now office to match the vibrant energy of Fall.
Winter has a more minimal color approach with cooler tones and unique geometry - think of the lines of the leafless trees under the snow. Winter interiors usually emphasize pure colors, along with whites and grays. The energy of a typical ‘Winter’ space is self-assured and full of contrasting textures to reflect the extreme nature of the season itself.
Image via Bruce Buck for The New York Times
I personally can attest that decluttering and bringing natural color palettes and textures into your home can create a new sense of joy in your space and, in turn, increase your focus and productivity. No matter which color profile suits you most, you can always bring the outdoors in by incorporating natural textures like stone, wood, or other organic materials. Cleverly showcased textures of rock and plants can bring new energy into even the most minimalist space. Here are some stunning vases I recently added to my collection. You can shop them and many others at Bloomist.
Photo courtesy of Bloomist
My main tip is to cluster multiple plants in one area, which not only looks beautiful but also helps your plants grow by exchanging oxygen.
I am currently creating such green areas consisting of different plants throughout my home, and I look forward to sharing some tips on plant styling in future blog posts.
Have fun decorating in natural palettes!