As we notice a shift towards sustainable living, the architectural dialogue between interiors and nature are more important than ever. Whether attempting to blend architecture into the surrounding landscape or incorporating natural elements into interiors, nature-inspired home designs convey a balance between rural and modern aesthetics. With this in mind, read on to discover how you can create a home that seeks a sense of harmony with natural surroundings, as well as four other design tips you might have missed this month.
Design Tip #1
Look to the mountains
Check out this amazing terrain-inspired wall idea from CL3 Architects featured in the Yanlord Clubhouse in China. The colorful accent wall in the clubhouse swimming pool is a geometric pattern that takes its cues from mountain views to create an abstract vision of the terrain. The installation is made from custom aluminum panels, a range of metal shingles in a color palette of white and peacock green, and presented with a gradient visual effect. To me, this is a stunning interpretation of mountain ranges, further exploring the relationship between architecture and natural landscape.
Design Tip #2
Open your eyes to the ocean
Speaking of accent walls, why not let coastal styles provide the perfect neutral. Here, the large-scale photo creates a sense of tranquility, which immediately transforms the room into a realm of calm. This natural decor element is perfect for contemplation without getting your toes wet.
Defining interiors with natural materials
One of the easiest ways to blend natural beauty into your home design is by leaning into natural materials such as wood. This home uses wood in its various formats, not only create a stunning fireplace centerpiece, but being useful too. The wood paneled fireplace provides a rustic touch and atmospheric mood like no other with its rough and warm textures.
Design Tip #4
Even an open plan office can turn to landscape inspired design
When Bean Buro designed the Green Oasis space for health insurance firm Cigna, they chose to develop an aesthetic narrative driven by Hong Kong’s extraordinary vistas. The soft curves of Hong Kong’s vibrant landscape are well translated into the interior architectural language. The design centers around open plan layouts and finishes in a muted green and gray color scheme. “We interpreted the idea of islands as a desirable ‘oasis’,” reveal the designers. “A legible green sculptural backdrop ties the whole open plan together, while ‘colored bays’ emerge to create social zones, such as the reception, pantry and break out spaces.”
Design Tip #5
Wide windows showcase the best of nature
Intricately designed by Charlie Lazor from Minneapolis based architecture firm Lazor/Office, the Kiss-Kiss House is a wood lakeside cabin in Canada, making optimal use of the hidden wilderness locale and stunning views. Structure-wise, a branch-like structure is envisioned for the house that fits in with its scenery. “At the ‘kiss line’ between two prefabricated modules, the linear form of the house snaps like a branch held together only by bark,” describes by Lazor. “The open break forms a V-shaped outdoor room facing the water.” The layout permits for views all around the home, taken in through big windows.
Looking for even more design tips? Then head to our Tips & Guides category where we’ve covered everything from how to channel Art Deco to your modern interiors to summer decor tips for styling your home.