Wall décor that takes its cue from the wide world of nature means must be as diverse as nature itself. If you are considering a nature wall mural as a part of your interior design, then it is probably best to start thinking about the scene that will suit your room the best.
First of all, consider water as a nature theme. Of course, you might immediately think of fast-flowing water with breaking waves or cascades as great choices for a bathroom. But this is not the only way in which naturally depicted water can look great in a dwelling. Reflective lake panoramas and calm ocean scenes can create just the right kind of calming mood one seeks in places meant for relaxation.
Then again, if you want the energy that rushing water can bring – perhaps for a feature wall in a home gym – dynamic waterfalls and flowing rivers may be more suitable. When it comes to water, of course, its shimmering brilliance always reflects its surroundings, so consider this aspect when developing a color scheme. Water and neutral-colored stones suit most places, but the vibrant hues of ferns and trees close to water reflect more purposeful approaches to color.
The wonderful thing about nature is that it is ever-changing. To reflect the true nature of the world around us, we suggest you think about the changing seasons. Wintry scenes, full of white snow and crystal clear blue skies, make for extremely attractive wall murals in a variety of home and office settings.
On the other hand, the rich reds, oranges and golds of autumnal forests and avenues create softer tones that will perfectly complement soft furnishings as part of an interior design. For something that is bright and creates a straightforward, look-at-me image, think of summer. Vibrant Van Gogh sunflower yellows and the greens of summer meadows make real statements that last the entire year.
Finally, the more muted esthetics of early spring images suggest renewal, in the form of fields of blooming bluebells, new growth from budding shoots or the rich yellow of daffodils trumpeting the arrival of springtime.
If you think that skylines only mean cityscapes, then think again! The sky is an ideal natural subject matter for decorative wallpaper because it creates such a superb sense of depth in a room, which is perfect if you want it to look bigger than it actually is. Pure sky images – perhaps with a few fluffy clouds passing dreamily by – create a stunning sense of space and mental freedom. However, skylines that feature a horizon that connects the earth with the sky, are ideal for extending the depth of a room with a clever natural illusion.
If you wallpaper your room with a sky image that has a horizon, you create the illusion of an extra window that looks out onto the world beyond. What's great is that you can choose the scene this window looks out on – anything from early morning haze hanging over a mountain range to the mystical greens of the Northern Lights glowing over a Nordic forest.
In addition to the natural look of blue sky, sunsets and sunrises both open up many more color schemes. From your choice of wall murals and other coordinating wallpapers, yellows, burnt oranges and deep reds are all perfectly appropriate options. And if you don't think that works, then how about a night sky with dazzling white stars twinkling over a swath of deep, inky blue velvet?
Nature – The True Designer
Looking back on the kinds of wallpapers that have been made over the years, it is not very surprising that natural elements have often been central to their designs. Consider patterns composed of leaf formations or shells, for example, both of which often repeat and tessellate in myriad ways. Wall murals can use these features to great effect to make stunning geometric patterns, but on a much larger scale. Look no further than the near-mathematical elegance of a nautilus shell.
Still not convinced? Then consider the fractal-like qualities of the humble maple leaf, another great choice for wall murals in many different types of rooms. The same pattern can be found in many forest scenes, too. The beautiful bare branches of a cluster of deciduous trees in the winter, for example, are particularly effective in this regard.