Fabric Designs Using Nature As Inspiration

For your next decorating scheme why not take inspiration from nature for your curtain fabric. Use soft shades from the forest and woodland such as slate grey, muddy taupe and forest green. Look for curtain fabrics which have designs inspired by flora and fauna. There are many leaf designs around with a variety of shapes, scale of design and colours so there is something for all.

You can either choose a neutral scheme using creams, taupes and greys or a more colourful scheme using shades such as pinks and greens. Botanical prints can also be used and colours of fresh emerald greens and whites create a light and calming feel to a room.

In a bedroom use earthy hues, shades of dusty red, soft peat and pumice. Instead of colour use contrasting textures and surfaces to add interest. For instance layer rugs using flat weave rugs with different designs, textures and colours. Add a chunky cotton summer throw and cushions. For this scheme natural effect bed linen is best looking a little crumpled! Fabrics should be leaf or botanical inspired in neutral shades and use for curtains or blinds. One of these shades should also be used on the walls. This will create a very relaxing look, great for a bedroom.

Wood should be pale either in birch or clean limed oak. Upholstery fabrics should be simple in natural linens and can be used for sofas and chairs. If they look a little crumpled this only adds to the look which should be very comfortable and easy to live with. Accessorise with plain cushions and vases in tonal neutral shades.

If you use colourful prints in a living or dining room, use the printed fabric as a curtain or blind fabric and then pick out a colour to use for walls, this will probably be one of the paler background colours of the curtain fabric. Choose some of the brighter colours to use for plain cushions and accessories.

These designs are also ideal for bringing the outside in and would work well in a garden room or conservatory where you could use these prints as an upholstery fabric on furniture. You could also use fabric for cushions or a tablecloth. In these rooms more colourful prints can be used to reflect the colours of the garden.

These nature inspired prints are also great for using in the garden or a summerhouse for cushions on garden chairs.

There are many different designs to choose from so there is something for everyone.