Have you noticed lately that indoor plants have become fashionable again? The trend has been building for a while now and I am so pleased that this is the case as I love to bring the outdoors into an interior scheme and this has to be the easiest, yet most effective way to do so.
The Hamptons and Caribbean styles are modern day adaptations of the more traditional British Colonial style which absolutely always included stunning, statement indoor palms. I’m thinking a gin and tonic, rattan chair and a beautiful covered verandah – sounds good! A statement palm in an oversized pot is a must-have accessory for all of these looks and really does complete the styling perfectly.
A more contemporary space can also get a touch of the tropics with the addition of an indoor palm which works really well to soften the space.
Of course Palm trees love warm, humid environments so will perform better in these climates, however generous applications of water and fertiliser and a spray of water to the leaves will assist in dryer climates. They also do well with some natural light, so placement near a window, but away from a cool draft is a good idea. Don’t forget if your bathroom is large enough, that this is a great natural environment for them to thrive in. Even a smaller space benefits from the addition of an indoor plant, particularly in contemporary all white bathrooms.
If this is all sounding too difficult or you know you have a track record of killing plants then you can still create this effect by styling with branches of greenery rather than traditional floral arrangements. Greenery in a vase, jug or pot makes a great statement and is often more contemporary than a vase of flowers. Usually with a longer lifespan than cut flowers, some stunning greenery is a very effective way to bring nature into a space. I absolutely love branches of eucalyptus for the delicate silvery grey/green leaves and the beautiful perfume of the bush, introduced here into a bedroom, it brings a lovely natural touch.
If you would like to style the dining table but want to stay away from pretty flowers then something like this arrangement would look stunning.
If you love this look, you should also embrace the beautiful artworks and wallpapers that are currently on the market with a botanical influence. Florence Broadhurst designed a gorgeous palm wallpaper that is still as contemporary today as it was several decades ago.
Benefits of introducing greenery
Finally, some practical and really beneficial points for including botanical influences in your decorating schemes:
1) Indoor plants aid in cleaning the air, ridding it of nasty bacteria and airborne moulds and thus creating a naturally healthier environment.
2) Indoor plants are great for improving the acoustic levels in an environment and are particularly beneficial in restaurants and offices where they also act as a soft screen.
3) Studies from Oxford University have shown that children learn better in an environment with indoor plants.
4) Our eye doesn’t need to adjust to see the colour green and therefore introducing greenery into a space adds a calming element to the room.
I would love to hear how you incorporate this trend into your interior styling. Do you love botanical artworks and wallpaper or do you prefer the real thing? Follow me on Pinterest for lots of inspiration on Finishing Touches with Greenery and the British Colonial trend.