Part 3: Bringing Nature Inside With 10 Inspiring Earth Tone Palettes

When you think of earth tones, do you think only brown earthy colors? What if I told you earth tones are more vast than that!  No pun intended, but the sky’s the limit.  It’s actually very easy to bring nature inside your home if you can pick a landscape you really are inspired by and you like the colors within the landscape.

I did some research about earth tones and was inspired by some landscape photos I found. In this post, I’ve created ten examples of nature’s landscapes and created earth tone inspired palettes from them.

Contrary to what I originally thought, earth tones actually include any color that we can reference to nature. So moss, dirt, rocks, sea, and sky, do count as earth tones. Rich earth tones create a cozy and inviting ambience. You choose what resonates with you. Remember, your home is your sanctuary.

Earth tone is a color scheme with multiple meanings. In its narrowest sense, it refers to “any color containing some brown-the color of ground or soil (earth). It can also refer to “natural colors” (colors found in nature) such as brown soil, green leaf, cloudy sky, as well as the red sun. These palettes can create a warm, nature-friendly atmosphere.


Bringing the nature inside or the “outdoors inside” trend has been something we can all agree has been happening now for the last couple years. If your blessed with really large floor to ceiling windows looking towards unspoiled nature, then you’re already incorporating a beautiful backdrop of nature very easily. The rest of us may need some help from paint, wallpaper, art prints, plants, and as mentioned in my last post, rattan or cane furniture.

Another feasible idea for those of you that have room to expand your home is to add a sunroom or conservatory. Depending on where you live geographically, one is better than the other. What’s the difference? Sunrooms have a solid roof and conservatories have glass roofs. So if you’re like me in Southern California, it’s better to have a sunroom.

There is a radiation risk with conservatories because of the glass roof. They are beautiful allow nature to surround you without needing to go outdoors. When the sun hits the glass, it heats the room and as long as you aren’t spending a prolonged amount of time in them, you’re good. According to Wikipedia, “A conservatory by definition must have more than 50% of its wall surface glazed”.

Sunroom on left with ceiling, and on conservatory on right with glass ceiling.

Some links to conservatories:

Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton, Canada

Royal Greenhouses at Laeken, Belgium

Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland

Earth Tone Palettes Inspired by Nature’s Landscapes

This blog post is the Part 3 of a my series, “5 Ways to Bring Nature Inside Your Home”. Each element has it’s own blog post which you can find with the links below:

Part 1: Bring Nature Inside Your Home with Plants

Part 2: Bring Nature Inside Your Home with Rattan & Cane Home Decor

Part 3: Bring Nature Inside Your Home with Earth Tones

Part 4: Bring Nature Inside Your Home with Botanical Prints

Part 5: Bring Nature Inside Your Home with Natural Materials

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