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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.

ABOVE, CEN­TRE FRONT Hand Wo­ven Linen Blend tea towel, $29.90, cit­tade­ Shoes stylists’ own. All other items, see page 29. BE­LOW, FROM LEFT Ra­dial Round side ta­ble, $590; Lin­ear Grid side ta­ble, $440; Seg­ment side ta­ble, $540; Weight side ta­ble, $659, cit­tade­

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