Living space styling : the accents
When putting the final flourish on your living room look, well-placed plants and floral arrangements can dramatically change the vibe. More than optional extras, add them to your list of must haves for bringing your interior to life. Città Stylist Sam van Kan and homestyle Editor Alice lines have tips on how to create botanical harmony with florals from our friends at Blush.
1. Aim high – and low
Step one: assess the available space. Tables are a no-brainer, but don’t forget shelves, the floor and the ceiling; hanging plants will add an extra dimension to even the most uninteresting area. The key to creating a lush sanctuary is mixing the sizes, shapes and tones of your greenery. A cluster of three structural, tropical style specimens of various heights will work well in the corner of the room, and may eliminate the need to place a piece of furniture there, while a pair of soft, feathery ferns will sit beautifully on a sideboard. Try an asymmetrical arrangement with several pots grouped together, or if symmetry’s your thing, position pots separately to bookend a decorative vignette.
2. Bet on baskets
Not sure what to house your new investments in? Baskets are the stylist’s go-to solution, as you can hide both the plastic pot and the tray inside – which makes for easy watering too. Explore your options with chunky raw jute for a natural look, or black and white in a finer weave for a more elegant aesthetic.
3. Leaf through it
Plants make a more permanent design element, but you can’t beat a fresh floral arrangement to conjure notions of the tropics. Use vessels made from mismatched materials (metal, glass, clay) and go heavy on the foliage, adding just a few statement flowers. You’re aiming for that artfully thrown-together look.