How to create a nature-inspired colour palette

Are you looking to bring the outdoors in, but don't know where to begin? Mother Nature has always been an incredible inspiration, with an endless supply of colours, textures and light that work together to create a breathtaking picture.

From the bright, vibrant hues that come alive in summer's light, to the muted undertones of a brisk winter's morning, every pocket of nature offers a new and enlightening perspective of colour. Harnessing the peacefulness and serenity of nature within your home is key to creating a welcoming interior where you can relax and unwind.

"From the organic green tones of native coastal scrub to the unrefined timbers of the central Australian bush, the unique and wildly diverse palette of Australia's natural landscape has been beautifully distilled for Laminex's Landscape Series," says the company's general manager of sales and marketing, Sacha Leagh-Murray.

From the bright, vibrant colours that come alive in summer's light, to the muted undertones of a brisk winter's morning, every pocket of nature offers a new and enlightening perspective of colour.

To help you achieve a calming palette for your home, Sacha looks at four nature-inspired colour combinations, expertly curated so you can feel confident to design with colours you know work beautifully together.

Winter sky.

"At the southernmost tip of Australia's mainland, a stunning contrast of colours washes over the ocean. Heavy clouds cast a dim shadow across the misty-grey atmosphere, rinsing the light away.

"Rocks, silt, sand and driftwood swirl through the shallow waters, revealing rich browns and greys. Here, Winter Sky and Lava Grey provide a colour base, with Natural Walnut the beautifully elevating support act."

WINTER SKY: Channeling a seascape with heavy clouds and driftwood.

WINTER SKY: Channeling a seascape with heavy clouds and driftwood.

The outback.

"Wondrous and ancient, the Australian outback has inspired generations of storytellers. Remote bushland is alive with the resonant hum of timeworn timber, the rich palette of indigenous trees rousing emotion in its people. This bushland colour story overlays warm tones with grainy, muted neutrals to provide strong character and a sense of place to both small and larger spaces."

THE OUTBACK: Bushland overlays warm tones with grainy, muted neutrals.

THE OUTBACK: Bushland overlays warm tones with grainy, muted neutrals.

The sea.

"Sun-beaten teakwood offers a stunning contrast to the invigorating freshness of the Aussie coast.

"The rough, weathered timber brings to mind deserted piers, their wood just as gnarly as the waves crashing behind.

"This energising palette lifts coastal residential projects and injects freshness into commercial spaces."

THE SEA: Think deserted piers with waves crashing behind.

THE SEA: Think deserted piers with waves crashing behind.

Flora and fauna.

"This delicate, organic palette celebrates our connection to living things, with muted, grey-based undertones such as Spinifex, Seed and Possum. The colour range is as subtle and substantial as a new season's shoot.

"Elements of these hues work beautifully together, or selected individually as feature colours within a project."

FLORA AND FAUNA: Laminex has embraced muted, grey-based undertones for this colour palette.

FLORA AND FAUNA: Laminex has embraced muted, grey-based undertones for this colour palette.