Mother Earth Living


Use Nature as Your Color Palette

Choosing a color scheme is one of the most important decorating decisions we make. Letting our love of nature create palettes can make color selection fun and nourishing.



Ecotones, in which two different types of landscape meet, offer tangible examples of how to use contrasting colors. At the seashore, the cool grays and blues of the ocean combine with the warm browns of the sand. This color scheme inspired the decor below.
Ecotones, in which two different types of landscape meet, offer tangible examples of how to use contrasting colors. At the seashore, the cool grays and blues of the ocean combine with the warm browns of the sand. This color scheme inspired the decor below.
Photo by Philip Beaurline
River bottom rocks provide a palette that can be replicated using color swatches (right). Those colors are carried throughout the entire riparian landscape.
Photo by Joe Coca
Ecotones, in which two different types of landscape meet, offer tangible examples of how to use contrasting colors. At the seashore, the cool grays and blues of the ocean combine with the warm browns of the sand. This color scheme inspired the decor below.
Photo by Ernie Braun
The subtle color variations of the mountain desert prove to be amazingly varied, as these soil samples from the Grand Canyon (above) prove. Adobe buildings naturally reflect that vibrance.
Photo by Joe Coca
Ecotones, in which two different types of landscape meet, offer tangible examples of how to use contrasting colors. At the seashore, the cool grays and blues of the ocean combine with the warm browns of the sand. This color scheme inspired the decor below.
Ecotones, in which two different types of landscape meet, offer tangible examples of how to use contrasting colors. At the seashore, the cool grays and blues of the ocean combine with the warm browns of the sand. This color scheme inspired the decor below.
Photo by Ernie Braun
Ecotones, in which two different types of landscape meet, offer tangible examples of how to use contrasting colors. At the seashore, the cool grays and blues of the ocean combine with the warm browns of the sand. This color scheme inspired the decor below.
Photo by Ernie Braun
Autumn’s glory is captured in the colors chosen for a building’s exterior.
Ecotones, in which two different types of landscape meet, offer tangible examples of how to use contrasting colors. At the seashore, the cool grays and blues of the ocean combine with the warm browns of the sand. This color scheme inspired the decor below.
Ecotones, in which two different types of landscape meet, offer tangible examples of how to use contrasting colors. At the seashore, the cool grays and blues of the ocean combine with the warm browns of the sand. This color scheme inspired the decor below.
Ecotones, in which two different types of landscape meet, offer tangible examples of how to use contrasting colors. At the seashore, the cool grays and blues of the ocean combine with the warm browns of the sand. This color scheme inspired the decor below.
Keeping the doses of bright oranges, reds, and greens low can help tone them down and allow them to work their magic.
Photo by Ernie Braun
Ecotones, in which two different types of landscape meet, offer tangible examples of how to use contrasting colors. At the seashore, the cool grays and blues of the ocean combine with the warm browns of the sand. This color scheme inspired the decor below.
Photo by Ernie Braun
Ecotones, in which two different types of landscape meet, offer tangible examples of how to use contrasting colors. At the seashore, the cool grays and blues of the ocean combine with the warm browns of the sand. This color scheme inspired the decor below.
Photo by Paul Bardagjy
Decorative paint effects can mimic natural nuances such as a forest’s dappled light (left). The warm tones of wood and stone can be found in a field of waving wheat (this page).
Photo by Ernie Braun

















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