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Embracing Nature: William Morris Designs for Inspired Interior Spaces

Updated: Jun 22, 2023

In this interior design blog post we are thrilled to explore the timeless designs of the iconic William Morris (1834-1896). As a legend of the Arts & Crafts movement, Morris celebrated the beauty of nature through his creations.

Join us on a journey of discovery as we delve into the history of William Morris and find inspiration in his designs to transform your home into a haven of natural elegance.

A vintage style room with a cahir upholstered in William Morris fabric Ruskin Carmine
Image credit: Morris & Co

Biophilic Bedroom Scheme:

In a world that increasingly values nature-inspired design, the biophilic approach is gaining momentum. Say goodbye to cold, texture-less surfaces, and embrace natural themes, plants, and materials that bring the outdoors in. As William Morris once stated, "Wherever nature works, there will be beauty." This design concept introduces a biophilic ambiance with a serene sage green color palette and the graceful, leafy patterns of the Willow Boughs wallpaper. Inspired by Morris's walk with his daughter, May, along a stream, this wallpaper beautifully captures the intricate details and variety of willow leaves.

Vintage stle bedroom decorated with William Morris Willow Boughs wallpaper
Image credit: @janeshomejournal

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris

The Cosiest of Nooks:

One of the joys of interior design is creating spaces that offer comfort and solace amidst the busyness of daily life. A well-designed nook can become a sanctuary, providing a sense of security and nurturing. We believe this is particularly true for cosy nooks, where you can retreat after a long day or during a rainy afternoon. Discover how thoughtful design elements, such as plush seating, warm lighting, and subtle nature-inspired accents, can transform any corner of your home into the coziest of havens.

An attic space decorated with Pimpernel wall paperdeigned by Willam Morris
Image credit: @culkner

Bedding That Celebrates Nature:

The centerpiece of any bedroom arrangement, duvets and bedding accessories offer an excellent opportunity to elevate your biophilic theme. What could be more in tune with nature than green leaves and a swirling branch-and-leaf pattern? The Willow Boughs design, inspired by Morris's walks with his daughter, May, evokes a soothing and healing atmosphere with its soft interlacing motif.

For those seeking a simpler, less patterned look, consider a Cotton-Linen blend duvet in the Tump evergreen colorway, capturing the verdant green of dense vegetation that inspired this tone.

William Morris  Willow Bough bedding
Image credit: Morris & Co

Forest and Garden Paint Hues:

Paint has the remarkable power to completely transform a room, enveloping it in a cocoon-like, naturalistic atmosphere. Discover the transformative potential of Tump paint, beloved for its deep forestry greens. Consider painting the ceiling to create a verdant canopy that encloses you in a reassuringly natural space. If you prefer a more subtle impact, explore the idea of a feature wall or statement cabinetry in these enchanting hues, inviting nature's embrace into your home.

Vintage style bedroom with ceiling painted in Tump paint from Morris & Co
Image credit: @wildinthewolds

Playful Patterns:

Childhood memories and the creative spirit within us deserve to be celebrated in our interior spaces. Unlock a sense of nostalgia and joy with Emery's Willow wallpaper, an almost exact copy of Sir Emery Walker's original Arts & Crafts design. Featuring the whimsical silhouette of willow trees adorned with charming bubble-like shapes, this design adds character and playfulness to any room. Emery's Willow reintroduces this 1874 design with a contemporary twist, infusing your home with a touch of delightful creativity.

Emery’s Willow wallpaper from Morris & Co
Image Credit: Morris & Co

Vintage style livingroom with Emery's Willow wallpaper from Morris & Co
Emery's Willow wallpaper


Incorporating the timeless designs of William Morris into your interior spaces is a surefire way to celebrate the beauty of nature and infuse your home with elegance and creativity. By embracing biophilic elements, creating cosy nooks, adorning your bedding with nature-inspired motifs, exploring forest and garden paint hues, and incorporating playful patterns, you can transform your space into a sanctuary that nurtures the soul.

At Godwin Vintage, we are passionate about helping you bring your vision to life and guide you through the process, ensuring that every detail aligns with your unique style and aspirations.


Let the legacy of William Morris inspire you as you embrace the beauty of his designs and create an interior space that reflects your personality and love for the natural world. Together, let's craft a home that not only captivates the eye but also nourishes the soul. Contact us today and let us help you transform your space into a haven of timeless elegance and inspired design.


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