The impact of using botanical motifs and plants in our interiors cannot be underestimated, and there has certainly been a resurgence in their inclusion in our interiors recently. Maybe it harks from a back to basics call to nature drive and the desire bring the outdoors in especially in urban homes where outdoor space is at a premium. Whatever is driving this trend, long may it continue, as not only do plants enhance our interiors but there are proven health benefits too!
The Botanical theme extends beyond just incorporating actual plants. Decorative elements such as botanical illustrations like the gorgeous example above, or wallpaper can really add drama and depth - especially when combined with real foliage! The iconic wallpaper feature below (the Martinique used in the Beverley Hills Hotel since 1942) is a classic that is being re-invented in contemporary interiors. Here we see it in context of the latest 2015 colour forecast by Australian Paint manufacturer Haymes. See more on that in one of previous blog posts here!
Another really dramatic way to include plants within your interior, is to go BIG! If watering lots of individual pots does not rock your boat, then most of us would surely be able to manage just one. If that's the case, make it count. The proportions of the plant need to reflect the surrounding space and as it will be such a key feature in the room, the container is equally important.
Visual trickery can work it's magic - the plant below is actually not that big, but because the container is placed above floor level on the console/sofa table - it appears to be significantly taller than it is with corresponding impact!
Incorporating plants within your space and making them 'work' so that they actually enhance the objects around them should be your aim. Above the copper lights by David Derkson are the main feature in this corner and the placement of the plants serves to be the perfect counter-balance to them.
Equally the bedroom above has really embraced the botanic references through the linen choices and decorative wall decals, but the hanging plants seem to just bring it all together.
The plants inject life into space.
Finally this post would not be complete without an inclusion by the fabulous L.A based stylist Justina Blakeney, who positively embraces plants, flowers and the natural world in her styling at every opportunity.
Justina sees a plant 'vessel' in just about everything - we love the way that plants are simply incorporated into her rooms and furniture as if they have magically self-seeded themselves into place!
We would love to see how you have used plants at home - are they an additional item in your decorating toolbox as well? Let us know!