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Creating an ‘Organic’ Scheme

What do I mean by an organic scheme?

When I use the term an ‘organic scheme’ I mean that we’re aiming to create a room that looks like it’s always been there. Or perhaps a room that’s slowly evolved over time. It’ll probably have vintage, rustic or antique elements, lots of things to look at and a strong personality.

The opposite would be what I call a ‘designed scheme’ which you can read about here.


You can really have fun with colour here but knowing what your scheme is will stop it getting messy. A palate of around 6 colours could include:

2 colours

1-2 accent colours

2 neutral tones – one light, one dark

In this design we used 2 shades of teal blue as our main colours, then injected a punch of orange for fun! Orange is also dotted around the room in other places too, can you spot them?!

Materials and Textures

Materials and textures will also form part of the scheme. They will inject character and life into the room. Have a plan though, so it doesn’t become chaotic.

You’ll need to consider:

A wood – could include antique woods, and painted woods

A metal – don’t be worried about mixing metals!

An upholstery fabric

In this project the client wanted reclaimed wood flooring which added a fabulous patina. I teamed it with the painted wood kitchen doors and textured tiles. The velvet chairs, upcycled wood worktops, copper, and black metal all add to the organic look.


A word about patterns! For your scheme to come together beautifully, keep any patterns within your colour scheme. Then look for an organic pattern, a geometric pattern, and a pattern in a different scale (large or small). Following this rule will help to control the scheme, rather than let it run away with you.

If you’d like any help creating an organic look in your home, then why not get in touch here and I’d be happy to help.

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