• By Jacqueline Hosford, ASID

Inspired: Nature Does It Again

Color, Shape & Pattern in Nature

My friends and associates are probably at the point of grin-and-bear-it when I mention “Nudibranch." “There she goes again,” they politely think to themselves.

They know that I'm wildly fascinated with Nudibranchs since I discovered them last year.

Still, I have yet to encounter anyone who tells me, when I first mention Nudibranchs, "Yeah! I know what you mean! Nudibranchs are awesome!”

Mostly it’s, "Nudi-what??"

Nudibranch in lavender, scarlet and yellow

Nudibranchs are a riot of color, shape and pattern provided to us by nature, herself. They are a special sub-group of sea slug (Phyllum Mollusca/Class Gastropoda.)

Despite a potential “yick” factor associated with the idea of a “sea slug,” these are in fact some of the most exquisite creatures on Earth. Just call them by their Latin names and join me in admiration of these tiny creatures.

Google Nudibranch images. As I look upon one lovely image after another of any one of the 3,000–plus varieties of Nudibranch, I am overwhelmed by the quintessential beauty–the sort of human emotional response to nature that inspires many of us with an artistic or poetic bent.

So, what does any of this have to do with interior design?!?!?!

I am often inspired to somehow express these sorts of experiential moments through interior design and decoration–my predominant medium for artistic expression.

Nembrotha kubaryana

Perhaps the colors of the Nembrotha kubaryana (left) become the inspired foundation for a pleasing yet unexpected color scheme.

Or, the shapes–often undulating and organic–lead to an interestingly fresh decorative approach to a modern take on frills or soft, rounded forms. (below right)

aqua and orange rippling Nudi

Imagine attempting to explain to someone that the use of two delicately sheer layers of fabric for their window drapery was inspired by the soft luminescence and ruffled edges of the dirona–albolineata. (below left)​


Or, that the pattern was literally drawn from the Blue Dragon Pteraeolidia ianthina.

(below right)

Blue Dragon Pteraeolidia ianthina