A tranquil living area decorated with several potted plants, abundant natural light coming from  two big windows and beautiful view to the outdoors.

Nature has long been an inspiration for home design. It surrounds us and provides elements that deliver a sense of tranquility and restoration. As we prepare for 2020, we look to get back to nature. We look to find ways to bring the outdoors into our homes and tap into the wide range of nature-inspired colors that fit perfectly with different décor styles, projects and lifestyles.

An apartment living room with an accent wall painted in green color called Back to Nature. A smoky teal cabinet decorated with potted fiddle fig plant, ceramic vases, a stack of books and metallic gold drawer pulls. A sofa with several natural and green toned decorative pillows.
Cozy living room interior
Left Wall: Painter’s White PPU18-08 Right Wall: Back to Nature S340-4

Looking for a grounding deep green that works well on its own? Secret Meadow S360-6  might be perfect for you and works well as a base color for light and bright accents. This deep green makes a great accent wall complementing neutrals colors in a room, such as Creamy Mushroom PPU5-13 or Painter’s White PPU18-08.

A bedroom painted in dark green color called Secret Meadow.  A bed made with mostly brown, beige and off-white bedding.
Moody green bedroom
Wall: Secret Meadow S360-6
A farmhouse paneled bathroom featuring brown sink cabinet and storage table. Walls are painted in green color called Secret Meadow and trim is painted in a crisp white.
Farmhouse bathroom
Walls: Secret Meadow S360-6

While bold, warm-toned colors can add a lively pop of color in certain rooms, for bedrooms and bathrooms, I recommend using calming hues such as Light Drizzle N480-1 or our 2020 Behr Color of the Year, Back to Nature S340-4. These colors evoke balance, tranquility and restoration.

A big bathroom featuring a ceiling painted in a light blue color called Light Drizzle.  A black sick cabinet and a black claw-foot tub, and black oil rubbed bath hardware.
Traditional bathroom with blue ceiling
Ceiling: Light Drizzle N480-1

Create a sense of calm by mixing in furniture with rounded corners and soft textiles to make your home feel like a sanctuary.

A modern living room painted in green color called Secret Meadow.  A mix of neutral and dark green furniture and decor items.
Modern apartment interior
Wall: Back to Nature S340-4

While painting your walls with nature-inspired hues is an easy way to bring the outdoors in, you can also consider tackling a table in the foyer with a green-hued palette. Don’t forget to add plants and other natural elements like stone, wood and water features, which are key to promoting health and balance throughout the home.

A small accent tale painted in green color called Back to Nature.  Eclectic decor wood, ceramic and textile pieces on top of a table.
Painted table
Table: Back to Nature S340-4

Let’s bring the outdoors into our homes with nature-inspired paint palettes and décor. How do you plan to bring outdoor elements into your home? Join me for the Behr Color Clinic, October 10-11 on the Behr Facebook Page. I’ll be answering your paint questions LIVE to help you find the perfect paint color for your space.

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Colorfully Yours,



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