The Best Nature-Inspired Paint Colors for Every Room

The Best Nature-Inspired Paint Colors for Every Room

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Season With Sage Green
Southern designer James Farmer gave this family retreat in Georgia a sense of place by referencing the spectacular woods surrounding it. The medium-green tone he chose for these kitchen cabinets complements stone treatments like the marble he used on the countertops and backsplash; its earthiness also pairs beautifully with wood, of course, and warm metals like gold, bronze and copper. Deploy a shade like this to infuse your room with sylvan tranquility.
Try This Shade: Jade Romanesque, Benjamin Moore
From: James Farmer
Or, Get Lost in the Forest
This cooler, deeper green is the perfect choice for a contemporary cabin: Its deep tones add dimension to the wall’s repurposed shingles and beckon the snowy Montana landscape inside. Try carrying a tone like this one across window hardware and built-in cabinetry to let your interior frame dissolve seamlessly into the outdoors.
Try This Shade: Tarrytown Green, Benjamin Moore
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Settle In With Dusky Blue
Cultivate a serene feel in a home office by reaching for a smooth grayish blue that evokes a motionless body of water just before the last light of day fades. This color’s cool undertones contrast beautifully with warm organic elements (like the hardwood floor here) and rich accessories in gold and bronze.
Try This Shade: Philipsburg Blue, Benjamin Moore
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Or, Head Into a Storm
This nautical space feels adventurous rather than tranquil, thanks to the textural application of aqueous blue paint that recalls a wind-buffeted sea. Los Angeles designer Hillary Stamm gave the room a masculine character with an impressionistic portrait and an armchair with rugged details.
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Channel a Big Cat's Confidence
Reaching for black paint might seem like a stark choice, but as LA-based designer Jessica Nicastro demonstrates in this elegant kitchen, it’s a natural when paired with creamy, veined stone and layered neutrals. The key to success with a move this bold is to choose a color with depth: The black deployed here is rich and textural, with pigments that come alive in the light just as a jungle denizen’s velvety coat would.
Try This Shade: Black Panther, Benjamin Moore
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Apply an Indigo Wash
Create a dreamy bedroom by tinting your walls and ceiling with a cool, pale blue. Like the remote, volcanic Alaskan islands for which it’s named, this shade has a red undertone at its core, which means it harmonizes well with creamy whites, warm wood and pink-hued textiles.
Try This Shade: Aleutian, Sherwin-Williams
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Or, Try Terra Cotta
If you prefer warmth front and center, in turn, try a ferrous neutral like this one: Grounded with a strong earth tone, the kitchen’s dazzling white cabinets, tile and island have an organic anchor. This iron-rich shade also complements mixed metals and warmer textiles like the shades on the island’s pair of pendants.
Try This Shade: Cavern Clay, Sherwin-Williams
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Refresh With Breezy Aqua
The crystalline waters of the Caribbean breathe contemporary coastal style into this dreamy, casual bedroom. Paired with crisp white molding and a delightfully shaggy area rug that evokes sea foam, this tone feels youthful but not childish — and it’s perfect for a teen.
From: Brian Patrick Flynn
Bring Desert Pink to the Kitchen
Though warm, pale pink has been trending for the past several years, its appeal goes back centuries. This particular color was inspired by 18th-century French interiors, where white paint was quite literally mixed with red earth to create this delicate, mineral tone. Color blocked with plum cabinets and white countertops, its elegance is fresh and timeless all at once.
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Luxuriate in Mist
For a moody take on pale green, try refreshing the bathroom with a tone that includes whispery hints of pastel gray. That base provides dimensionality that picks out details like the molding on the walls surrounding this tub; its morning-bright dewy notes, in turn, make the space feel sweet and clean.
Try This Shade: Rainwashed, Sherwin-Williams
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Plant a Succulent Green
Like a slow-growing desert plant that packs moisture into small, plump leaves, this rich green is a showstopper in close quarters. Consider how beautifully it suits a powder room by Houston designer Mary Patton . Its deep, masculine tone serves as an excellent backdrop for a pale, sculptural pedestal sink.
Try This Shade: Calke Green, Farrow & Ball
Dig Into Rich Brown
Design trivia time: What do French country and midcentury modern interiors have in common? Answer: An abiding love of deep, earthy brown, a color that complements both delicate oil paintings and bold, architectural furniture with ease. Try a deep, earthy tone with this one beside an ultrasaturated bright color — as with the trompe l’oeil runner on these stairs — or pair it with delicate pastels for a more understated look.
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Gobble Up Golden Light
In spaces where warmth and light are extra-precious, make the most of them with a rich orange-toned yellow inspired by the natural ochre clay used to make pigments in the south of France. This radiant hue can polish up a rustic space, as in this sunroom, or add a burst of organic energy to a more modern home.
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Reach for Rose Gold
This muted blush boasts a copper undertone that functions like a temperate Mediterranean breeze. It adores both metals like these pendants and variegated tile, and it’s subtle enough to carry through several rooms in an open-plan home without overwhelming the eye.
Try This Shade: Sultan Sand, PPG
From: Brian Patrick Flynn
Add Spice With Turmeric
If you fancy a makeover that feels earthy and glamorous all at once, audition the bold golden-orange tone that’s been spreading across fashion runways and channeling ‘70s confidence in on-trend interiors in recent years. This energetic hue enlivens neutrals and makes deep greens look utterly fantastic.
Try This Shade: Dutch Orange, Farrow & Ball
From: Brian Patrick Flynn
Color Block Naturally
Interested in a feature wall or two-tone treatment? Borrow a bit of organic intuition and let a natural scene — such as, say, a lush jungle and a hazy summer sky — inform your choices. Here, two time-honored tones feel delightfully, organically new in combination with one another.
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Or, Char Your Greens
Add a sultry note to a feature wall by deploying green with a smoky undertone; as in this polished, contemporary living room by Washington, D.C. designer Shoshanna Shapiro , the hue lends elegant depth to decorative molding and makes arctic whites and lime-washed wood feel luxurious.
Try This Shade: Benjamin Moore, Chimichurri
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Fathom Deep Blue
When delicate details (like the woodwork on this white mantel and mirror) merit a spotlight, contrast them with oceanic teal to cultivate a bit of drama. Pigments in this rich color complement both dark and vivid greens, and they look even richer paired with gold — which stands to reason, as 19th-century blues like the ones Vincent van Gogh deployed in "Starry Night" inspired it.
Try This Shade: Aubusson Blue, Annie Sloan
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Stir In Creamy White
To emphasize the warmth of natural light, paint your walls a delicate off-white with soft beige undertones (think of the pale swirls in a just-prepared cupful of latte art). A rich neutral like this one is the lively opposite of greige: It feels indulgent rather than prim.
Try This Shade: Panda White, Sherwin-Williams
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Pick Fresh Greens
If you’ve gone a little plant-crazy over the last few years, you’re not alone — and we suggest you double down on your fronds and tendrils by splashing a transitional space or two with fresh green paint. This pale celadon can function as a neutral, but it’s loveliest as a half-step between the indoors and the outdoors, and a gentle reminder of our connection to our surroundings.
Try This Shade: Back to Nature, Behr

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