How to bring nature into your home
Wondering how you can bring inspiration from outside, inside?
If you’re thinking about refreshing your interiors, look no further than finding inspiration from tropical climes and elements from the garden.
Nature has always been a major source of inspiration for artists and designers for centuries and the recent botanical trend began gathering momentum in 2015. It is currently enjoying a large market presence within the world of interiors and provides the perfect solution for homeowners that wish to create fun, vibrant nature inspired spaces. These days it’s easy to introduce greenery and nature for use in interiors be it arrangements of real or artificial plants, botanical leafy fabric prints or a bold wallcovering inspired by nature.
As an interior designer, I love to use plants to create compositions. This can be achieved by grouping together tall floor plants in the corners of rooms through to staging a mixture of potted plants and succulents along with other accessories on shelves, console tables or stylish on trend trolleys like this one from Melody Maison.
If you are green fingered and can keep your plants alive and healthy, real plants help to keep the air clean by releasing oxygen into the air. There is also evidence to suggest that they provide health benefits by reducing carbon dioxide levels, airborne dust levels and other pollutants such as benzene.
If like me, you struggle to keep your greenery alive fear not, there are some fabulous artificial plants available on the market. Homesense, one of my favourite places to shop in, has the most fantastic selection of potted plants, cacti and jungle foliage in stock right now!
Fabrics such as cushions and window dressings are perfect for making a statement. Tropical palm prints are the perfect way to achieve this uplifting and interesting appreciation for nature. Try mixing key current colour trends into the scheme through the use of these leafy greens along with mustard, nude pinks and blues. Woodchip and Magnolia have designed stunning tropical wallpapers this year as part of their collection. Paper the whole room to achieve maximum impact or just select a statement wall in which to show off these vibrant and exciting designs.
As this popular trend is here to stay, the choice of displaying your plants and greenery is vast and regardless of style preference, there is something to suit every interior. I love these natural textured, woven informal baskets from Artisanti (another huge trend on the scene this year).
(Image from Artisanti)
Iron plant stands available in coppers and other metallic will enable you to easily display and balance your arrangements in different heights. For something a little bit different, try these indoor plant boxes from Nest.co.uk. You can plant directly into them or arrange individual pots inside them.
Of course, one can turn up the volume with a botanical scheme and go all out. Alternatively, you can just add pieces of the botanical trend by introducing the odd cushion or accessory into your space. One thing
is for sure, this easy to create, nature inspired look is set to stay.