Spring is officially here and hasn’t it arrived just in time?! After a long and often hard-going winter, the new signs of life signify fresh beginnings; something all of us have a yearning for right now. So as Mother Nature works her magic outside, we’re able to connect more easily with the outdoor world and reflect its wonders inside our homes. In this blog we share a few ideas on how to inject the freshness and vitality of the outdoors into your living space.
Beautiful botanical themed décor is hugely popular at the moment and it’s a look that can be very easily achieved. Here’s how…
A Picture of Beauty
One of the simplest ways to incorporate botanicals into your home interiors is by hanging (or leaning) framed pictures of lush greenery on your wall. There are countless botanical inspired prints on the market and sites such as Etsy are a great place to find unique pieces whilst supporting independent makers. How about a copper faux-fern frame to add a stylish and contemporary vibe to your wall? You could even create your own nature-inspired art by framing leaves yourself; a simple and budget-friendly way to decorate your walls and bring nature into your home.
If you’ve dared to go dark with your decor, your interiors will have felt snug and warm for winter. With the arrival of spring you may wish to lift the vibe in accordance with the season. An ideal way to give sparkle to a dark interior is by accessorising it with greenery, thus creating a striking colour contrast. Metals looks wonderful with darker interiors too, and copper especially complements the greens of botanicals. Succulents require very little maintenance and when placed in copper planters or vases, will instantly brighten up a space and give it character.
Freshen up with Fabrics
Botanical fabrics have been at the height of fashion for quite some time now and with spring in charge, this trend is likely to remain. You can go as big or as bold as you wish with patterns, or opt for natural fabrics in a calming palette of greens. If you fancy adding another colour into the mix, ink teams up particularly well with green and is all over Instagram at the moment. Leaf print fabrics will give your room an instant tropical feel and will look effective with natural wood grains. Consider using them for curtains, bedding or just for scatter cushions as an instant refresh. If you’re feeling a tad more adventurous, try using a variety of botanical print fabrics for a bolder and more vibrant look.
Say it with Shelving
Shelving is the obvious place for a proliferation of plant life! And if you’re short on surface space, vertical shelving offers the ideal platform for a contemporary and eye-catching display. Trailing Ivy plants arranged on natural wood shelves look superb against plain walls, and if you’re using freestanding shelving units to divide your living space, they’ll team up nicely with botanicals and their naturally calming benefits.
Whether you’re a fan of bold prints or more subtle, delicate patterns, there are some divine botanical inspired wallpapers available this spring. Whilst full-on prints on all four walls can make a room feel oppressive, a statement wall or single mural might achieve the impact you have in mind. Wall murals are a simple and immediate way of elevating an interior and providing an interesting focal point. British designer, John Wilman has recently launched an inspiring range of wall murals including ‘Botanic” and “Ivy” both of which will inject uplifting springtime vibes into your home.
If you’re updating your décor and bringing the new season indoors, Hartleys’ bespoke wood-grain furniture will provide the perfect backdrop partner for your botanicals. Both dark and light woods will introduce nature into your room, and the storage capacity of our furniture designs will ensure your space remains uncluttered and serene-looking. Are you planning a new bedroom, lounge or home-study? Get in touch with our design team to discuss your fitted furniture requirements or call into our Skipton showroom from 12thApril.
With many thanks to Copper and Blonde for the wonderful copper inspiration. There’s plenty more to see on their website.