Wall décor that takes its cue from the wide world of nature means that it is highly varied. If you are considering a natural wall mural as a part of your interior design plans, then it is probably best to start thinking about the scene you think will suit your room the best.
First of all, let's consider water as a natural theme. Of course, you might immediately think of fast-flowing water with breaking waves or cascades being ideal 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 still sea scenes create just the right sort of calming mood which means they'll suit places of relaxation.
There again, if you want some of the energy that rushing water can bring, perhaps for a feature wall in a home gym, then dynamic waterfalls and flowing rivers may be more suitable. When it comes to water, of course, its shimmering brilliance always reflects what else is around, so consider this aspect when working in a colour scheme. Water and neutrally coloured stones suit most places, but the vibrant hues of ferns and trees close to water engender more purposeful approaches to colour.
The wonderful thing about nature is that it is ever-changing. To reflect the true nature of the natural world, it is advisable to 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, yellows and golds of autumnal forests and avenues create softer tones which will integrate perfectly with soft furnishings as part of an interior design. For something that is bright and creates a no-nonsense look-at-me image, think of summer. Vibrant Van Gogh sunflower yellows and the greens of summer meadows make real statements which last the entire year.
Lastly, the softer appearance of early spring images present something that speaks more of renewal, whether it is from blooms of bluebell fields, 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 feature wallpaper because it creates such a superb sense of depth in a room, the perfect thing 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 of mental freedom. However, skylines which feature a horizon, connecting the earth with the sky, are ideal for extending the depth of a room with a clever natural illusion.
Anyone who wallpapers their room with a sky image that has a horizon is making the illusion of an extra window, one 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 cast over a mountain range to the mystical greens of the Northern Lights glowing over a Nordic forest.
As well as the natural look of sky blue, sunsets and sunrises both afford many more colour schemes. From your choice of wall murals and other coordinating wallpapers, yellows, burnt oranges and deep reds are all perfectly sensible options. And if you don't think that works, then how about a night sky scene, with dazzling white stars twinkling over a deep inky blue velvet?
Nature – The True Designer
When contemplating the sorts of wallpapers that have been made over the years, there can be little surprise that natural elements have often been central to their designs. Consider the patterns made by leaf formations or shells, for example, both of which often repeat and tessellate in a myriad of ways. Wall murals can take advantage of these features to create stunning geometric patterns, but on a much larger scale. Look at the near mathematical elegance of a nautilus shell, for instance.
Still not convinced? Then consider the fractal-like qualities of the humble maple leaf, another ideal choice for wall murals in many different sorts of rooms. The same sort of effect can be found in many forest scenes, too. The beautiful bare branches of neighbouring deciduous trees in winter, for example, are particularly effective in this regard.