Pattern Play

Bring the outdoors in with nature-inspired décor. Botanicals and organic patterns provide some peaceful environs and a sense of place.
Detroit Wallpaper Co. theme
Photography courtesy Detroit Wallpaper Co.

There’s a reason organic patterns always have been popular. They are recognizable, and when brought inside, people have the feeling of being outdoors, said Andi Kubacki, co-owner, with Josh Young, of Detroit Wallpaper Co. ( in Ferndale.

Nature-inspired motifs are trending again, per Kubacki, who likes to reinterpret originals. “We try to reimagine them, he said. “Like our Stumped design that looks like a log end that forms a rather large polka dot installation.”

Many of the company’s botanical designs are geometric, offering a modern interpretation with a vintage vibe — most are customizable. An example is one Kubacki describes as a rather demure topiary that can be transformed into a bright orange and fuchsia pop art infusion.

Detroit Wallpaper Co. fish theme
Photography courtesy Detroit Wallpaper Co.

Another lively paper features an ivy pattern. Yet, another is a willow design that resembles a mural and works well in a dining room. “It makes you feel like you’re under a canopy of a willow looking out,” Kubacki said.

Organic patterns can blur the lines between indoors and out. In smaller doses, the papers perk up a powder room, a closet door or the back of a bookcase. Kubacki especially likes the application in a sunroom. “There’s a lot of light and a lot of wall that interact together,” he said.

Nature-inspired prints also can be framed in a series. They are like art pieces when you choose several different patterns and connecting colorways, Kubacki said.


Nature is just as noticeable at night, offers Suzanne Hagopian, co-owner and buyer for Hagopian World of Rugs ( in Novi. A striking Twilight Moon area rug can act as a subtle yet dramatic focal point. It complements anything from leather to rattan, and it practically glows underneath a glass table, she said.

Hagopian moon rug
Photography courtesy Hagopian

Many Michigan residents also appreciate patterns inspired by water. Shades of blue are a good choice, being part of nature. “Blues are really strong,” Hagopian said. “… and there are so many shades. Because it’s such a pleasing palette, it doesn’t feel trendy.”

Gray is hot in the home category, now appearing in rug details that evoke stones and a fishnet pattern that honors a popular pastime.

Those with waterfront property or wooded lots should consider colors that are harmonious with nature. Colors like blue and green are found on the landscape. “Because the winters are long … they want a color palette that makes them feel good, Hagopian said. “We all have an emotional response to color.”

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