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Why botanicals are right on‑trend

Bring the outside in with these luscious green prints.

The botanical trend has come and gone over the decades, largely because it plays to the idea of bringing nature into our homes, adding a fresh and airy vibe to any interior.

There are many ways to incorporate this trend, from using old botanical drawings to the contemporary look of overscaled printed images of green leaves and tropical flowers, created by designers in a range of materials and finishes.

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Image courtesy Incy Interiors

This bold yet calming imagery can be used to cover entire walls or added in smaller doses through art pieces, cushions and other accessories. There are so many options for your home, no matter the interior style or location.

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Image courtesy Silk Interiors

The popular large and tropical green leaf motif (think monstera and fern leaves) is probably the most familiar, but botanicals also come in muted tones and subtle designs.  They’re perfect for evoking  memories of tropical holidays and exotic locations,

Botanicals pair perfectly with cane and rattan furniture, and especially well with woven textures in flooring and rugs, such jute and sisal. In its darker hues, it works with metal-plated furniture, especially gold and aged copper, and precious velvets and marbles.

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Image courtesy Silk Interiors

Botanical pairs perfectly with cane and rattan furniture, and especially well with woven textures in flooring and rugs, such jute and sisal.

A favourite Australian designer, Kerrie Brown, explores the botanical idea through intricate drawings, with strong and darker colours, and a signature style, ranging from approachable to luxurious. They come in a range of finishes for wallpapers and fabric, so you’ll see them on curtains, upholstery, lampshades and cushions.

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Image courtesy Silk Interiors
A Treble of tips
  • Strong botanical patterns are perfect for bathrooms, to add organic forms that contrast well against tiled surfaces.
  • Smaller accents of botanical are great to lift the mood of any plain looking spaces, and being green, it can usually be added to most palettes, just like indoor plants.
  • Real over-scaled plants can work as well in their natural form, if the printed version is not your cup of tropical tea.

 

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Image courtesy Kerrie Brown
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Image courtesy Silk Interiors
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Image courtesy Silk Interiors
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Image courtesy Silk Interiors
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Image courtesy Steve Cordony
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Images (L to R) courtesy Kohler Ideas; Kerrie Brown; Incy Interiors.

1 Response to “Why botanicals are right on‑trend
  1. LOVE BOTANICAL and displays are fabulous but would not fit in with my French Eclectic styling
    I have a french inspired lounge area the whole property is black and white accents, I don’t think botanical would suit. Would love your thoughts for a feature wall in either wall paper or painted colour
    Furniture is black french lounge, the area extends from the sliding doors to the kitchen where there is a glass door to outside. This area joins to the new black and white kitchen. What would your recommendation be? hard wood floors, medium shade, black front door, large sliding doors with sheer white curtains overlooking lovely courtyard. Style: french and electic. Dining table, Natural wood, chunky legs painted black, chairs off white which have been distressed, back of chairs have black wrought iron. Antique Sideboard is chalk painted in dark grey (blue black) which has been waxed. Middle drawers have been left as is, (no paint)
    There is no colour in this property.

    I attended the seminar you conducted in Perth and thoroughly enjoyed it and if possible would appreciate your input to the above.

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