Over the past couple of years, botanical designs have skyrocketed. They now appear on everything from wallpaper to textiles, and ornaments inspired by the outdoors are more popular than they’ve ever been. When you’re looking to redecorate your home, botanicals are a timeless trend that will appeal to the masses and can be easily worked into any other décor scheme. They give an almost spa-like atmosphere that’s peaceful and tranquil.
There are so many ways to use Botanics in your home, from prints and patterns to texture and accessories. Here are some top tips on how to decorate your home with botanical designs to make the most of this luscious trend.
Go bold or go home
The key to embracing botanical design in your home is to go bold; these designs are not to be shied away from. Instead, you need to make big statements by choosing modern prints, large patterns and bright or dark colours, inspired by tropical plants and flowers.
The modern take on the botanical trend is a huge step away from the traditional but now old-fashioned ditsy florals you might have seen in the 80s and the 90s homes. Avoid this feel by keeping your prints large: incorporate huge leafy ferns alongside bold colours and shades like dark grey and navy. This look is sophisticated and elegant and makes a huge statement.
Botany was huge in the Victorian era, so find inspiration in green glass bottles filled with bare branches or flourishing leaves. Domed glass cloches and angular terrariums can house natural objects that you’ve collected yourself outside and make perfect homes for themselves on sideboards and mantelpieces.
The best inspiration we can take from the Victorians is their botanical illustrations. These hand drawn images which once filled medical journals and text books are now seen adorning side plates, art prints on walls, and even wallpapers themselves. A collection of these decorated plates makes for excellent wall art, or as standalone pieces, they create a wonderful statement piece in any room.
Pair with natural materials and textures
The way to really up the ante in turning your home into a botanical paradise is to pair your greenery with other natural materials and details. Make your guests feel as though they’ve taken a step outside into the natural world with warm earthy tones of greens, off-whites and browns.
Set cacti and succulents, real or artificial, atop dark wood cabinets and console tables; hang botanical prints in wooden frames; or choose banana leaf wallpaper in a room with hard wood floors. A laminate floor version of the natural wood look and texture is perfect for this trend. With laminate flooring, you get the natural wood look and feel – many even have a textured surface to appear like real wood – at only a fraction of the price. In addition to this, it’s not as prone to damage or wear and tear as natural wood is, able to be installed in any room including high traffic areas, kitchens and bathrooms, and looks fantastic with the many greens of botany.
The shades of green against a natural wood look inspire a breath of fresh air in a room. You can entirely elevate the feel and atmosphere of an otherwise dark and dingy home by dotting leafy ferns and fresh flowers against raw wooden backdrops. It’s all about looking natural and free-flowing to inspire tranquillity in your interiors.
Find gold and copper details
Experts recommend a formula of 60/30/10: keep your neutrals and base colours to 60% of the room décor; choose complementary colours (ie. the green foliage and bright tropical flower colours of botany) for 30% of the décor; and the final 10% should be accents such as metallic rose golds, coppers and bronzes. Green and metallics are a classic pairing, but it’s important not to go overboard on this trend to avoid your home looking like Christmas year round! The combination of moody foliage and bright botanics alongside brushed gold, copper or brass will create a focal point in a room that highlights an expert eye for interior detail.
Whether you choose copper cutlery on a leafy tablecloth, a shiny gold framed full-length mirror beside a huge artificial banana plant, or simply a set of mini plants on a polished brass tray, your home will have that timeless appeal with a touch of warmth and interest.
Do you use botanical designs to decorate your home? What do you think of these ideas? Can you add more ideas to this list?
*Disclosure: This is a collaborative post
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