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Golden brown butterfly rests atop pink flowers in bright sunlight, source: sxc.hu
Remodeling my master bathroom has so far brought me frustration and zero progress. Yesterday evening, for example, I was stood up by yet another contractor. So much for my theory that the economic downturn would bring talented tradesmen swarming to my door.

Visualizing the room finished and perfect really boosts my morale. I daydream about the beautiful colors I might use to bring the space alive. During one such moment this week, it occurred to me that my favorite color schemes have always been drawn from nature's stunning palette.

If you want more of the joy that comes from bringing the outdoors into your home, head to the Web for inspiration. I did a little online exploration today and discovered the following helpful resources. Take a look and tune in to the joyful colors of Mother Nature!

First stop is the popular Colour Lovers post "Colorful Beauty in Nature: Butterflies." The 18 butterfly images are an absolute delight. Each photo is accompanied by a suggested color palette based on that particular butterfly's brightly hued wings. If you love the natural world, you will find this post inspiring.

The website Color Schemer is a fabulous tool as well. Be transported by "Safari Skyline" (golden earth tones) and "African Fishing Boat" (ruddy reds) under the category "Africa." Or take a peek at "Spring Wind" (brightly uplifting pinks), "My Dogs" (pleasing browns) and "Golf by the Creek" (subdued gray-greens), all tagged "Nature."

Along similar lines is the site Color Hunter, which offers a number of ideas based on photos of the natural world. Just search using the tag "nature."

Think of the possibilities for your own home. Maybe your next color scheme will come, not from a book or paint swatch, but from your own imagination. A Google Images search, a stroll around a friend's garden, or a sunny afternoon might be all you need to get started.


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