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Giving your bedroom a botanical feel

12th October 2017 Print

Are you thinking of giving your bedroom a little bit of a refresh? Well, if so, why not consider giving it a botanical feel? Greenery, living plants and light, open spaces make the perfect combination in a bedroom, no matter it’s size. Here’s how to pull it off in your home…

Get decorating

The starting point for your botanical bedroom is your walls, so make sure yours are ready for all the styling and accessorising you’re going to do. If you like the idea of a blank canvas, simply paint your walls in a block colour such as white or light grey – it’s easy to live with, bright and airy, and it will set off your greenery perfectly. Or, if you really want to commit to the botanical theme and love prints and patterns, look for wallpaper that features a botanical design. 

Botanical bedding

Once you’ve treated yourself to a comfortable bed from somewhere like Divan Beds Centre (which is a good idea seeing as you’re spending approximately eight hours a day in your bed – almost a third of your life!), buy some bedding to continue with the botanical theme. For a subtle effect, you could simply choose bedding in one solid colour, such as olive green or moss. For something more traditional, opt for country florals, or for a contemporary option, choose oversized prints featuring giant leaves. 

Add hanging plants

Next, you’ll need to add some real plants into your bedroom. Not only are indoor plants great for your health, they also cheer a room up by instantly infusing it with life and energy. Make sure you shop for plants that can cope with being indoors (garden plants that need fresh and long periods of sunshine won’t cut it in your bedroom), and think about hanging some from the ceiling or walls rather than using up all your floor space – especially if your bedroom is small. 

Buy investment greenery

Investment plants might not be something you’ve heard of before (design blogs usually talk about investment furniture instead), but there is such a thing! Investment plants refer to plants that are fairly pricey but will last a very long time if they’re well looked after. For instance, you could buy a natural bamboo plant, a Norfolk Island pine, a Kentia Palm, a fatsia japonica or a monstera deliciosa. Do some research to find out the names of the best large indoor plants to invest in for your home.  

Nod to the boho trend

Also, if you like the idea of a botanical bedroom, you should probably look at whether or not there are elements of the boho trend you can incorporate into your bedroom design.  That’s because this is a style that is laid-back and all-encompassing enough to accommodate for all that greenery without looking overwhelmed, and you’ll find that your plants look fantastic with boho prints, patterns and layers too.  

Botanical doesn’t just mean ‘leaves’

Finally, despite most of the focus being on the greenery in botanical bedrooms, botanical also refers to the textures you use to create a natural look. So, be sure to include lots of natural wood of various types if you want to make your bedroom look layered and interesting. For instance, you could swap your upholstered headboard for a wooden one. And, you could add unpainted wooden side tables, a rattan armchair or a wooden bench at the foot of your bed for extra furniture that fits the botanical theme perfectly.