The Colors of Summer- Bring the Outside In. Biophilia and Green Design

The Colors of Summer- Bring the Outside In

Summer is one of my favorite times of year. It’s warm and the outdoors beckons, the colors explode with flowers, fruit, an explosion of green growth and the showiness of all the male birds. There is a feeling of abundance and adventure. Completion of all the things you have sown. It is bold and beautiful.

Would you like to have that same look and feeling inside in your home year round? Take some color and other cues from nature and bring the outside in. Here is an example of what I mean.

This picture was taking by a friend down the road at a beautiful spot named Tern Lake. I love all the various shades of green from very dark in the spruce tree to the lighter shades in the shrubs, grasses and herbs. The sky has a beautiful blue along with shades of off white and grays in the clouds. You see various shades of brown in the tree and in the rocks in the mountains. The most striking color is the fuchsia in the fireweed in full bloom. And there are a few wildflowers with yellow in the foreground as well.

This is what summer looks like in Alaska to me.  We have an abundance of hot pink and purple wildflowers, but the fireweed is so “Alaskan”.

Fireweed is one of the first plants to establish in recently burned areas, which is how it got it’s name. It is a symbol of release, rebirth, and potential for something innovative and new.

The fireweed blooms from the bottom of the plant and works its way up. The saying here is that “when the fireweed blooms at the top, summer is over”.

So how do you bring the outside in? The easiest way is with a color palette that highlights the view you see outside your windows. Select either a neutral or a bolder tone from the view and use it on your walls. Select a more vibrant tone for accents, or even key pieces in your décor.

I loved the deep green and color of fireweed together and they symbolized “summer” to me so I decided to design   this calming Modern Global Style office with those as my main colors. I decided to experiment with an extremely dark shade of green for the walls, to make it feel calm and enveloping, like the feeling of being deep inside the boreal forest. I added additional green tones in accent vases, the lamp and fractal art that I designed called “Spring” and several plant accents. I added wood to the floors. I played with the color of fireweed in my furnishings such as the desk and two chairs. To continue with the wildflower theme, I added a wildflower accent table. I added off whites to the bookshelf, desk chair, rug, drapes, flowers and some accents to balance things so it would not be too dark. By adding several layers of lighting, it helped keep it from being too dark, brought out the various shades of green of the paint color in different lighting and highlighted the art.

The Process

The End Result

Fireweed Office Edesign and Spring Fractal Art by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.
Fireweed Office Edesign and Spring Fractal Art by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.
Fireweed Office Edesign and Spring Fractal Art by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.

Get the Look

Here are some of the pieces I used to create this space. Select the wildflower accent table in white. The desk is also available in white if you prefer. My art is currently on sale!  Some contain affiliate links meaning I receive a small commission at no additional charge to you.

Vote for my Edesign the Edesign Contest

I created this project to enter in a contest for the Edesign Tribe, which we needed to select at least some projects from the Edesign shop and we needed to create a GIF or video of our project. If you like my design, I hope you will show your support and vote for me in the contest. Voting ends Friday, August 7th at 12pm EST

Thank you!

Bring Summer Into Your House Year Round

Picture this. You walk into your space and love the colors. Everything is as it should be. You feel happy.  It is a place to relax, recharge, and be inspired. When your home truly reflects you, everything is easier. 

Why not experiment and bring the colors of summer into your home….or whatever your favorite season is.

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The Colors of Summer- Bring the Outside In. Biophilia and Green Design
The Colors of Summer- Bring the Outside In. Biophilia and Green Design
The Colors of Summer- Bring the Outside In. Biophilia and Green Design
The Colors of Summer- Bring the Outside In. Biophilia and Green Design

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Mary Ann Benoit

President- Northern Lights Home Staging and Design Owner- Arctic Paradise Bed and Breakfast Artist- Stained Glass, Jewelry and Alcohol Ink Art Wildlife Biologist Director- Kaleido World Percussion and Dance Company Director- Tavus Dance Company of Alaska Lover of music, art, dance and animals.

7 thoughts on “The Colors of Summer- Bring the Outside In”

    1. Thanks so much! I particularly like this combination of colors, and the fireweed always makes me happy to see, until it blooms at the top and then it can be a little sad to know summer is ending.

  1. What a beautiful color combo – thanks Mother Nature! – and how you pulled it together Mary Ann! Also, LOVE you e-design GIF and how it shows the layering of the plan. So good!!

    1. Thank you Linda! Yes, mother nature sure knows how to highlight beautiful color with contrast:) The GIF was super fun and I had not thought about it before making it how it can show someone the process of how a design comes together too:) Thanks for reading!

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