Botan­i­cals

Ros­alind El­lis, di­rec­tor at The In­te­ri­ors Shop in Ch­ester, talks us through this in­creas­ingly popular trend

Cheshire Life - - At Home - thein­te­ri­orsshop.co.uk

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

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