Every once in a while there comes along an interior trend or designer look that we know we have seen before, and despite any passing of fashion, it seems to be able to maintain a strong grip on aesthetics, and simply work! The Botanical look is one of these, and even though it seems to come and go over the decades, it's so familiar to us, and because it plays with the idea of bringing nature into our homes, adding a fresh and airy vibe it works so well inside our homes, even more so here in Australia. There are many ways to incorporate this Botanical trend, from using the artistic strength of old botanical drawings, which were as popular in the late 1800s as they are today, to the very contemporary look or over-scaled printed images of green leaves and tropical flowers, widely explored by designers in a range of materials and finishes. This bold yet calming imagery can be selected to covering entire walls or added in smaller doses through art pieces, cushions and décor details, offering lots of options for your home, no matter its interior style or your home's location.
This image courtesy of Incy Interiors
Probably most familiar in the popular large and tropical green leaves motif, the Botanical Trend is perfect for bringing to interiors summery vibes into our homes; but it also comes in muted tones and subtle designs, adding an elegance we are familiar with from the old botanical illustrations. When evoking those memories of tropical holidays and exotic locations, Botanical goes 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 pairs perfectly with metal plated furniture, especially gold and aged copper and precious velvets and marbles.
This images courtesy of Silky Interiors
A favourite Australian designer, Kerrie Brown, also explores the Botanical idea offering more intricate drawings with strong and darker colours, upgrading this style from fresh to rich, from approachable to luxurious. Her masterpieces come in a range of finishes for wall-papers and fabric for curtains, upholstery and even for lampshades and cushions.
This image courtesy of Designer Kerrie Brown
Offering a fresh feel and a sense of new, this is a trend that fits most homes; depending on your taste and your property style, however, you can consider turning the design volume up or down with the Botanical look. This style is worth considering whether you're looking for fresh and light or rich and bold, and either way the result swill always be outstanding.
This image courtesy of Interior Designer Steve Cordony
A Treble of Tips:
Strong Botanical patterns are perfect for bathrooms to add organic forms which contrast well against cold tiled surfaces.
Smaller accents of Botanical are great to lift the mood of any plain looking spaces, and being green can usually be added to most palettes, just like indoor plants.
Finally, real over-scaled plants can work as well in their natural form, if the printed version is not your cup of tropical tea.
James Treble is an ambassador for Planet Ark and firmly believes in sensible purchasing, recycling and creative re-purposing. James has decades of accumulated experience in the Building Industry, Real Estate and Interior Design. His knowledge and experience in adding value to homes, through clever design & styling, is now published for all to learn and benefit from: Interior Design For Profit is now available online.