Bringing the great outdoors indoors

When the seasons change, it’s always the perfect time to start thinking about updating your interior design scheme. A change in seasons calls for new textures and new colour schemes. It’s a great chance for you to start experimenting with your home décor.

Of course, there is an abundance of inspiration available in magazines, on Pinterest and even just through wandering your favourite shops. This year, I wanted to expand my horizons and look elsewhere for interior design inspo.

Magazines, mood boards and blogs are the perfect way to pinch ideas and get your own creative juices flowing! Recently, I’ve found a lot of my inspiration comes from nature. Step out your front door! Look up from your phone screen! And you’ll notice there is so much that forms naturally in nature that would look stunning in the home. So if you want to bring a bit of the great outdoors indoors, here’s where I suggest looking for inspiration.

Local architecture

After coming across the Winter Home Interiors eBook by Chill Insurance online, I decided to start looking more closely at the architecture around me.

Ireland has a whole host of iconic buildings and structures that are the ideal starting point for creating your own interior masterpiece. Like the rugged ruins of Dunluce Castle. The linear structure of Kilmainham Gaol! The cutting edge shapes that make up Dublins famous National Conference Centre where we went to Comic Con in our Incredibles costumes!  There is plenty to leave you feeling inspired by shape.

City versus countryside colour

By just taking more notice of the world around you you can find inspiration from shapes and colour. If you’re heading out for a day in the countryside, and you’ll notice the different tones and depths of greens, browns and yellows. Go down to the beach and it will be a more saturated palette of blues and golds, in contrast to the almost psychedelic spectrum that any busy city will have to offer. All of these are a great launchpad for your own interior design masterpiece.


Animals have some of the most varied patterns and textures in nature. People have been taking creative inspiration from them for many years. From animal-print inspired rugs to faux fur cushions. The animal kingdom is a great source of interior inspo. If animal-style décor is a bit more adventurous than your typical design style then consider adding a few feature pieces that are subtle and easily moved around. You can either go for something vibrant and colourful like an exotic bird or something muted and understated like a faux fur rug.

If you have any of your own winter design advice, come and share it on Twitter using the hashtag #InteriorInspirations.

*This is a collaborative post*

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