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Home Decorating: Bring the Green Indoors

Pretty four-leaf clover -- EuroLuxAntiques.comIt’s March. Can you believe it? The year rolls along like a bullet train, doesn’t it?

March is the month of green. It’s the month of St. Patrick’s Day, and the month gardeners start to get serious cabin fever. Depending on where you live, bulbs may be sending tender green shoots up through the snow, or your grassy carpets of lawn may be greening up for spring.

I thought I’d kick off this month of green by talking about decorating with houseplants and cut flowers. Besides, it gave me a good excuse to sort through a plethora of pretty posy pictures on Flickr!

English Ivy houseplant -- EuroLuxAntiques

A bit of history, to start with. People have been cultivating plants indoors for at least 3,000 years. Many experts believe the Chinese were the first to bring the outdoors inside. Later, houseplants were considered the dominion of the wealthy. Starting in 16th century Europe, it became fashionable to add a conservatory (greenhouse) to your home in order to cultivate plants common and exotic. By the mid-20th century, even us commoners decorated with houseplants. Today, many people recognize the benefits of using houseplants for aesthetic reasons and to help purify the air.

A pink bromeliad coupled with a roaring fire adds warmth to this room -- EuroLuxAntiques.comFrom an aesthetic standpoint, decorating with houseplants and cut flowers provides many benefits. First, both green plants and blooms add color to the decor. Second, some houseplants and cut flowers add scent to the environment. The therapeutic effects of decorating with plants and cut flowers can’t be understated. Add a bouquet of cut lavender to your home and see if it doesn’t make you feel calmer and more serene!

Lovely hortensia blooms add a pop of color to the decor -- EuroLuxAntiquesYou can use potted plants to add more than greenery to your decor. Just like accent pillows or throw rugs, houseplants can be used to coordinate with your design scheme or contrast with the color palette. If you’ve created a very warm room using hues of red or orange, you can use white or blue flowers to help cool things down a bit. Likewise, if you’ve done a “white room,” for example, you can choose colorful bromeliads to add bright pops of color and warmth to your design.

Cut wildflowers in a jar are perfect for a cottage design scheme -- EuroLuxAntiques.comCut flowers can subtly reinforce your design scheme. What says “cottage style” better than a bouquet of wildflowers set in a Mason jar? For a more modern design scheme, a vase filled with long-stemmed tulip buds about to open makes for a lovely display.

A gorgeous vase filled with tulips about to bloom -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

Of course, decorating with plants can be functional, as well. Grow a kitchen herb garden in a sunny window to add both color and taste (literally!) to your home.

A simple windowsill herb garden adds color and taste (literally!) to this kitchen -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

Decorating with plants also allows your creativity to express itself. You don’t have to settle for boring potted plants. Consider creating a moss terrarium (they’re coming back into style) or growing succulents under a bell jar. You’ll get an outdoorsy feeling whenever you meditate on these beautiful objects, and they’re sure to start many interesting conversations when you entertain guests!

This moss terrarium brings the outdoors in and makes a surefire conversation starter -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

Making houseplants and cut flowers an integral part of your interior design will bring you joy all year-round. Forced bulbs in the winter help cure the doldrums, while indoor gardening helps keep cabin fever at bay. I hope this post has given you some ideas for decorating with plants!

How do you creatively weave houseplants or flowers into your decor? Send us pictures to share!


Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Color in Your Interior Design

In thinking about interior design colors for the 1920s bungalow we’re restoring, I came across this great article at Freshome Design & Architecture: Room Color and How it Affects Your Mood. And then, in a moment of serendipity, an email newsletter from Traditional Home magazine landed in my inbox. The newsletter contains three links to slideshows:

Each of these interior design blog posts and photo galleries deals with the use of color in home decorating. So guess what today’s blog topic is?

Dazzling array of paint chips in orange and green -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t struggled at one time or another with paint colors. Using paint chips is great, but it’s often hard to tell what that gorgeous tangerine on the card will look like covering a 10×14-foot wall!

Of course, wall paint represents just one way to incorporate color into your interior design. And sometimes going with neutrals is not only the easiest choice but the one that enables you to showcase your collections (such as blue Delft ware), accessories (such as a vintage Capodimonte chandelier), or fine furniture (such as an antique Rococo dining table with ornate carvings).

Cozy fireplace sitting area in a tranquil blue and white palette -- EuroLuxAntiques

This cozy fireplace sitting area features a blue and white design, with a celadon-colored door for interest. Colorful cushions on the chairs add movement to the space. I love the little pair of sconces that flank a pair of stacked prints above the mantel. This symmetrical design gives the space a formal feel, while the cushions keep things a bit contemporary. And I love the round table! A designer once said “every room should have at least one round table,” and I couldn’t agree more.



Toile accented dining room -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

This dining room combines reds and blues for a French Country style interior design. I love how the decorator carried the blue toile used in the valances to the interior of the open china cabinet in the corner. Brilliant! The sheer curtains create a romantic ambiance, and the rust red color in the tablecloth gives the space warmth. Ditto for the warm wood floors you can see peeking out at the corner of the rug. As a final touch, the decorator added colorful fresh-cut flowers for a pop of yellow and purple. All in all, this room represents a great use of color in interior design!


Neutral dining room with blue green furniture -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

Here’s a great example of how a neutral color palette can serve your interior design. The walls, drapes, dining chairs, and area rug all are done in shades of beige. This draws the eye first to the rich, brown dining table. Next, you notice the pretty purple irises in clear vases on the table. Finally, your eye wanders to the gorgeous blue china cabinet. The simple wire-frame chandelier seems to float in the space; an ornate, crystal chandelier here might overwhelm the design.



As you can see, you don’t need to fear color in your interior design. If you don’t feel bold, go neutral and accent with colors you love. If you’re fearless, crank up the paint sprayer and refresh your walls with something vibrant!

Are you fearless when it comes to color in your decor? Give us your thoughts in the comments!


Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!