Flowers and plants are a huge trend in home decor today. Asides from brightening up minimalistic spaces, they add colour and fragrance to the home, and they’re also proven to be beneficial to our health.
Not only do they boost our moods and motivation levels, but they also clean our air space. Here we have seven tips on how to add botanicals to your home…
1. Revitalise your mantelpiece
Whether you have a marble or wooden mantelpiece, embellishing this space with a handful of potted plants is a great way to boost the botanical mood of the room. Team these potted plants with scented candles to create an ambient display come evening.
Fittonia is a great option for the mantelpiece as it happily thrives in its very own microclimate when placed under a glass dome.
Penstemon, complete with pretty coral pink blooms, is another good option for this space and one that can be transferred to the garden when it matures.
Alternatively, take some fresh cuttings from the garden and arrange them in some jam jars of varying sizes.
2. An alternative to decorating?
Looking to create a romantic, boho appeal? Instead of repainting a wall, allow the paint to chip slightly or add vintage wallpaper and combine with a beautiful array of botanical blooms.
This creates a charming, characterful appeal that is very popular in Swedish Farmhouses. To complete the look, cool blue hydrangeas can perfectly complement flowering horse mint when displayed in an assortment of simple glass vases.
3. Mix plants and industrial design
If you’re lucky enough to live in a home that boasts rough brick walls and a slightly industrial feel, this makes the perfect backdrop for an array of rich green leafy plants, cactus, and succulents.
Add an old piece of furniture to the mix, such as a metal trolley or wooden display cabinet, and start collecting a selection of plants, all in different sizes.
Place these in front of the wall on the surface of your industrial furniture to create a striking look.
Alternatively, add climbers or trailing plants to shelves attached to the brick wall, so that the mix of greenery emphasizes the red of the brickwork.
4. Surround the entrance with attractive potted plants
The entranceway to your home is one of the most notable areas of your abode and should be decorated beautifully. After all, it’s the first thing guests see! An appealing entranceway not only creates an impression about your home but also says a lot about you too.
Over-sized potted plants including Areca Palm, English Ivy, and the Snake plant are all good options for the entranceway, especially when placed in aesthetically appealing pots. Display these pots on either side of your doorway for the greatest impact.
5. Plan a natural look
Sometimes creating the most natural look takes a little planning to perfect. If you have an open plan apartment you can use plants to divide up the space, by strategically placing them in different parts of the room. When choosing botanicals, pick houseplants that compliment your space and your furniture.
Trailing plants are a great option for tall cupboards and the top of bookcases, while succulents and air plants are a good choice for tabletops, coffee tables, desks, and kitchen counters. All promise to add colour and life to the home, bringing a little of the outdoors inside.
6. A taste of the tropics
Does your living room need a new lease of life? Loading your lounge with botanical plants is certainly one way to do this. It makes the space inviting, injects colour and fragrance into your home, and creates a wholesome yet natural space – one that everyone wants to come home to after a long day in the office.
For a dramatic appeal, place larger tropical plants in every corner of the living room and embellish shelves, coffee tables, and bookcases with smaller potted plants including the likes of the Golden Money plant, the Parlour palm, or Lucky Bamboo.
7. Over-sized plants in every corner
If you wish to spruce up your home in an easy and cost-effective way, avoid leaving the corners of your home vacant. Instead, fill them with an array of beautiful, attractive over-sized shrubs and blooms.
These not only add colour to your home, but they also work wonders for covering up any areas that you’re unable to decorate, whether this space is in your living room or on your balcony.
Plants such as Yucca, Ficus, and the Kentia palm are all good options for inside the home and can add dramatic appeal, while also serving as a focal point.