Greenery makes a room come alive—literally. My designs are never complete until I add something living to the mix. Plants and flowers are an organic element that bring immediate interest and serenity to a space (and some even produce more oxygen!). If your living spaces are feeling dull this time of year, wake them up with greenery. Here are my four design tips.
I typically avoid fresh flowers because I don’t like the idea of having to replace them every few days. The two exceptions are arrangements with magnolia leaves or protea that dry really nicely. These make for longer lasting arrangements and can be enjoyed for months.
Splurge on color and drama
Just because I pass up cut flowers at the farmer’s market doesn’t mean I skimp on color and drama. Orchids are a personal favorite of mine because they last longer than cut flowers, but still add gorgeous shades of pink, yellow, and magenta to a room. But I’m also a huge fan of succulents—they have such a beautifully dramatic shape. I have them all over my house because they are easy to maintain and bring in a great silvery/green shade. And here’s another bonus: both can be planted in beautiful pottery, giving you even more design bang for your buck.
Style like a pro
Nothing brings that little bit of color and life to a space like a gorgeous tree in the corner or a large vase filled with large leafy branches (even if they’re cut from your own backyard). If you want to style like a design pro, here’s a hint: make a statement. When it comes to cut branches, the taller the better. Place them on an entry table or console to up your style quotient instantly.
Create the perfect canvas
Greenery looks gorgeous in just about every space, but it can really be showcased in rooms that are based on neutral building blocks. You can’t go wrong with warm whites and creamy beiges on the walls, and natural-looking elements underfoot. Quick•Step’s Envique collection gives a room those realistic grains and textures that are custom made for plant pairings.
What are your favorite greenery tips? Share them with me in the comments section below!