Bold botan­i­cal prints breathe life into in­te­rior spa­ces

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - HOMES ARKANSAS -

As hu­mans and res­i­dents of planet Earth, we share a uni­ver­sal de­sire to con­nect with all that’s green.

We strive to be sur­rounded with the beauty and in­vig­o­rat­ing essence of fresh air, clear run­ning wa­ter and lush, lovely botan­i­cals.

It’s no sur­prise that the riot of col­ors and in­tri­cate pat­terns viewed in our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment are copied in all the dec­o­ra­tive arts.

Bring­ing the out­doors in has al­ways been a source of plea­sure that re­peats over gen­er­a­tions.

In the bookazine ti­tled The Colourist: The Art of Colour­ful Liv­ing, au­thor and color and paint ex­pert An­nie Sloan’s new­est ven­ture, Sloan of­fers help­ful tips on how to dec­o­rate with bold botan­i­cals.

If you are in the mood to en­velop a room with leafy splen­dor, here are

Sloan’s guide­lines for get­ting the most from na­ture’s paint box.

• Green botan­i­cal prints, pat­terns and plants al­ways sit well in a scheme with pink col­ors. Red (and by ex­ten­sion, pink) and green are com­ple­men­tary col­ors.

Use sim­i­lar depths of color for op­ti­mum re­sults — emer­ald green along­side fuch­sia, or pale turquoise green with pas­tel pink.

• You can use sev­eral botan­i­cal pat­terns or col­ors in the same scheme, as long as there are plain el­e­ments sep­a­rat­ing them. Also, choose prints with vary­ing scales so the pat­terns don’t com­pete with each other.

Go bold: Make a state­ment with ex­u­ber­ant print wall­pa­per on a wall or a car­pet of flo­rals cov­er­ing the floor. For max­i­mum im­pact, keep the rest of the room neu­tral.

Shown here, Sloan il­lus­trates that the same el­e­gant palm-pat­terned wall­pa­per has been used in ad­ja­cent rooms but in con­trast­ing col­or­ways. The breezy Palm Leaves Icons wall­pa­per is from Cole & Son.

• You can al­ways ex­per­i­ment with largescale wall­pa­per and fab­ric in a small room, such as a cloak­room or guest bath­room, or by cov­er­ing a bed or the head­board.

Put up a shelf, and line it with a few sculp­tural houseplants. Don’t shy away from ar­ti­fi­cial plants. You may not have the time or avail­able light to care for live green­ery; how­ever, to­day’s qual­ity faux plants, large and small, look and feel sur­pris­ingly real.

For an ul­tra-cool look, seek out botan­i­cal fab­rics, wall­pa­pers and ac­ces­sories with dark back­grounds that make the trop­i­cal leaf pat­terns pop.

• Bold botan­i­cals al­ways look fab­u­lous when used with touches of metal­lic fin­ishes. Gold and brass work well with green.

A few el­e­ments with these fin­ishes can give a room a glam­orous feel. Think of gold trim on chair and sofa edges and legs. Whether plain or carved, the de­tails come alive with metal­lic paint or leaf. Metal­lic de­tails on a book­shelf or chan­de­lier add sparkle and lus­ter.

The Colourist bookazine over­flows with bril­liant pho­tog­ra­phy as Sloan un­veils a won­drous va­ri­ety of in­spir­ing homes, artists and de­sign­ers, places to visit and in­spir­ing ideas rooted in her en­thu­si­as­tic love for cre­ativ­ity and the magic of color.

In this first is­sue, Sloan sets the mood with one of her fa­vorite color com­bi­na­tions, An­nie Sloan Chalk Paint An­tibes Green, Scan­di­na­vian Pink and An­toinette.

There are six step-by-step projects in­cluded with guide­lines on how best to use An­nie Sloan Chalk Paint, Chalk Paint Waxes and brushes.

To find out more, visit Sloane’s web­site, www.an­nies­loan.com. Deb­bie Travis’ House to Home col­umn is pro­duced by Deb­bie Travis and Bar­bara Din­gle. Email ques­tions to house­[email protected]­bi­etravis.com. Fol­low

Deb­bie on Twit­ter at www.twit­ter.com/ deb­bie_­travis, or visit her web­site, www. deb­bi­etravis.com.

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