Rosalind Ellis, director at The Interiors Shop in Chester, talks us through this increasingly popular trend
WHAT IS ‘BOTANICALS’ AS AN INTERIOR TREND?
The beauty of the botanicals trend is that it is so versatile: it can be incorporated as wallpaper, on fabric, in framed prints, in real or faux foliage or even as a palette of colours to evoke an indoor/ outdoor sense of space.
It is a trend that appears to be here to stay, at least for a little while yet. Prints have become bolder since the start of this trend, now with deeper darker colours and more exotic plants and wildlife finding their way into collections. That said, there are now also a whole raft of softer, washed-out colour palettes on offer for those who prefer a less dramatic, more romantic effect.
WHAT IT BRINGS TO THE HOME
If fully embraced, it brings a dose of escapism. Whether you’re dipping your toe into it or going the whole hog, the prevalent theme of botanicals - shades of green, flora and fauna - provides a sense of wellbeing: healing through nature is accepted doctrine from Western to Eastern culture. Surrounding yourself with the right plants in your home can help with everything from stress to respiratory issues. Green is very soothing to the eye and by extension it can make your home feel like a safe and welcoming space.
HOW TO DO IT WELL
Unless you’re going wholeheartedly into maximalist territory, in which case there aren’t any hard or fast rules other than more is more, then this look is best used against plain hues like pale grey, white or black and paired with simple furniture and accessories such as bamboo, rattan, marble and copper (think planters, side tables, oversized vases). Layer tropical or foliage patterns in cushions and throws on plain sofas in grey or black to really make the greens and yellows pop. Faux plants are incredibly realistic these days but look best mixed in with real plants to create depth and interest.
Ultimately, keep the rest of your scheme crisp, unfussy and airy to really allow the colours and patterns to speak for themselves without overpowering the space.
Maximalise the botanicals trend for high impact escapism
The trend works as well in light tones as dark