Beat the blues this winter by adding lush greenery to your décor. We’re talking indoor plants and décor with leafy motifs set to combat grey skies and a heavy heart.
This year, décor has seen a revival of the natural. From rustic woods, raw textures and finishes to natural stone, leather and concrete, interiors are relishing the beauty of the organic. Leafy motifs, fresh and faux green plants have featured as well in 2016. It’s all about bringing the outside in with verdant accents.
This is all the more important with winter poised to butt its bald pate in. With our blue skies sliding towards overcast, we’re all about turning our interiors into an oasis for the frosty months.
As the leaves turn this autumn, we’re seeing green. We’re inviting the calm in, the peace, the tranquility. Whether your space is capacious or super-cosy, you’ll love these innovative ways to trace some greenery through your home.
TALL, DARK + HANDSOME
Indoor plants have become really popular – in particular fiddle leaf figs, monstera and rubber plants. These tall soldiers look stately posted in your entrances (solo or in pairs either side of a doorway), beside bookshelves, sideboards and sofas.
Display them in planters, urns or baskets. Explore the effect of distressed, natural and polished finishes. A vintage look terracotta pot and a beaten polished metal planter speak to two very different styles, whilst jute baskets add organic textures that work well with this living accent!
Consider topiary for a more formal look. Incorporate a plant stand to introduce different levels into your aesthetic. An urn can also make a great home for seasonal flowers. Combine a few varietals for a vibrant colour pop.
Love to entertain? Coffee, console and side tables benefit from a flash of green. A smaller pot plant adds colour, height and shape to your design-scape. Orchids are infused with elegance but are not so simple to maintain, and those beautiful blossoms are somewhat fleeting. A fern, on the other hand, is still sculptural but less taxing when it comes to TLC.
Exploit the wide variety of stylish pots to find your match. Our fave craftspeople at Mr Greengrass are the answer if you’re looking for on-trend. Or opt for Rogue’s more classically beautiful planters and urns.
Your planter should collaborate with your overall aesthetic. This can be in its colour or its material or just simply in its age. Showcasing chic coffee table books? Perhaps a gloss finish will work best. Looking for something to work in tandem with that quirky vintage birdcage you picked up at the markets? Try a distressed terracotta planter.
If your home is tight on space, consider a series of small pots, mason jars, or a slender planter of herbs on your windowsill… See here for some suggestions for display solutions. This can work well in your kitchen (a pint-sized coriander and basil patch) and in your bedroom (e.g. African violets – or pretty maids – all in a row).
Looking for something smaller still? Opt for a miniature fern, a succulent or a cactus. Place these atop your arty books on your bedside table or beside that old-world twine on your bookshelf. Instant character!
Terrariums allow you to create your own mini green microcosm… Plus their sculpted glass vessels have a refinement of their own.
Love the principle of having a leafy haven for a home, but you’re like the Grim Reaper for green things? Opting for the artificial over the real McCoy is the smart choice. There are some beautiful faux floral pieces for filling sleek vases.
From L to R: Rogue Artificial Tea Leaf Ball Topiary (Set of 2), Artificial Barrel Cactus (Set of 2), Artificial Potted Garden Rose, Artificial Tea Leaf Topiary (Set of 2), and Artificial Dogtail Grass (Set of 2), available online at Zanui.
Or opt for faux foliage for a more masculine leafy look. Rogue have some detailed options from topiary to single stemmed flowers.
IN PRINTS-IPLE ONLY
Décor with natural motifs is also big right now – palm fronds, exotic fleurs, the lot. From cushions to wall art, vases and beyond, there are some truly stunning designs. We love the Have You Met Miss Jones Palm Leaf Vases.
Escape To Paradise create cushions that nod to nirvana with an effusion of tropical greenery and flowers. Florence Broadhurst offers something for the fashion-forward. Her retro designs are en-vogue – geometric meets floral and beyond.
Draw the outdoors inside this winter… So green. So good.