When putting the final flourish on your living room look, well-placed plants and floral arrangements can dramatically change the vibe. More than optional extras, add them to your list of musthaves for bringing your interior to life.
1 Aim high – and low. Step one: assess the available space. Tables are a nobrainer, but don’t forget shelves, the floor and the ceiling; hanging plants will add an extra dimension to even the most uninteresting area. The key to creating a lush sanctuary is mixing the sizes, shapes and tones of your greenery. A cluster of three structural, tropicalstyle specimens of various heights will work well in the corner of the room, and may eliminate the need to place a piece of furniture there, while a pair of soft, feathery ferns will sit beautifully on a sideboard. Try an asymmetrical arrangement with several pots grouped together, or if symmetry’s your thing, position pots separately to bookend a decorative vignette.
2 Bet on baskets. Not sure what to house your new investments in? Baskets are the stylist’s go-to solution, as you can hide both the plastic pot and the tray inside – which makes for easy watering too. Explore your options with chunky raw jute for a natural look, or black and white in a finer weave for a more elegant aesthetic.
3 Leaf through it. Plants make a more permanent design element, but you can’t beat a fresh floral arrangement to conjure notions of the tropics. Use vessels made from mismatched materials (metal, glass, clay) and go heavy on the foliage, adding just a few statement flowers. You’re aiming for that artfully thrown-together look.
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