Indoor plants are without a doubt one of the cheapest and easiest ways to update and upgrade your home décor. Not only do plants have air purifying and mood boosting properties, the right greens can enhance your space with an added layer of sophistication. Read on to find out which indoor plants say pure elegance for indoor decorating.
This indoor tree is tall enough to make a dramatic and elegant statement, but its foliage and canopy is narrow, making it a good choice for smaller spaces. A fiddle-leaf fig is a great option to help revitalize an empty corner of a room and draw attention to the vertical height of the space. The plant’s large, dark green leaves with a characteristic violin shape are well known for their beauty.
Figs are typically grown in warm climates, so keep yours away from cold drafts and make sure it gets plenty of sunlight. Water it only when the soil is dry but keep in mind that your fig may need to be re-potted every year or so as it grows.
If you’re looking to turn your home into your own private oasis where you can relax and take a break from the rest of the world, consider adding some palms to your décor. Palms naturally call up the relaxing qualities of tropical holidays and luxurious day spas, bringing those wonderful attributes into your home. Palms are some of the most common houseplants, making them easy to find and simple to care for. They also come in a wide range of varieties, which means you’re guaranteed to find the perfect size and shape for your individual decorating needs.
Palms are resilient plants that don’t need much water and can handle partial or indirect sunlight. Their versatility also means that you have more freedom and flexibility in terms of where you want to place them in the room. Popular indoor palms include the areca palm, pygmy date palm, parlor palm, and the kentia palm.
Bamboo, with its Zen energy and straight shoots screams elegance in any context. Whether you’re looking for a large standing plant or a small accent for your end table, bamboo is available in all sizes. While the classic straight shoots have the elegance of clean lines, you can also look for stalks that have been shaped into beautiful patterns that make an extra statement. Traditionally considered to be good luck and associated with happiness and prosperity, bamboo is a lovely and elegant addition to any home.
Keep your bamboo out of direct sunlight, water it about once a week, and trim away any yellow leaves to keep your lucky plant thriving.
With dark green leaves and beautifully delicate white flowers, a peace lily is a wonderful addition to any existing interior design. Flowers bloom in the spring and last a few months, and healthy peace lilies may also bloom again in the fall. Peace lilies are often featured in bridal bouquets and floral arrangements, and nothing is more elegant than a bride in her gown. Not only is this plant graceful and classic, it also made it onto NASA’s list of Top Ten Household Air Cleaning Plants.
Peace lilies thrive in partial shade, making them a great choice for bedrooms or offices. Keep an eye out for yellowing leaves as that may be a sign that your plant is getting too much light. Peace lilies dislike drafts and cold temperatures so keep them away from your air conditioning unit.
Orchids are one of the plants most commonly associated with elegance and style. These delicate flowers have a natural air of luxury and sophistication. The fact that they are commonly given as gifts only reinforces their image as one of the most beautiful plants around. Despite their popularity and renowned glamour, orchids have a mistaken reputation for being difficult to care for. While there are some temperamental variations of the species, there are plenty of varieties of orchids that thrive easily in the home.
Orchids are vulnerable to being overwatered, so don’t worry about saturating the soil more than once a week. Most orchids need a fair amount of light, so keep an eye on the color of the leaves to make sure your plant is getting enough sun.
Adding in indoor plant to your home is a great way to up-level your interior design quickly, easily, and affordably. Any one of the plants listed above would make a fantastic addition to any room with their beauty, versatility, and pure elegance.
Doing laundry is one of the most universally hated household chores. It’s often a seemingly endless cycle and no matter how many loads you wash, dry, and fold, the job never seems to be done. While you may not be able to make that pile of dirty clothes magically disappear, there are steps you can take to make the chore much more pleasant and enjoyable.
As interior designer and architect John Saladino once said, “A house is much more than a mere shelter — it should lift us emotionally and spiritually.” Likely you’ve thought about how the design of your living room, kitchen, bedroom, and maybe even bathroom lift your mood and bring you a sense of comfort or happiness. However, many people forget about the laundry room, often neglecting to create a beautiful space in a room that seems to be little more than utilitarian. If you’re spending time in a space — any space — you deserve to feel great in that environment! Designing and decorating a laundry room you love can totally change how you feel about this never-ending chore. To help you find some inspiration, here are three laundry rooms that make you forget you’re doing laundry.
Pretty In Pink
Since the laundry room is often isolated from the rest of the house you can afford to make a really bold design choice without worrying that it will clash with existing furniture or the design of other rooms. Guests will hardly ever set foot in your laundry room so you don’t have to think about how this space ties into the rest of the house or what design choices will appeal to others. Plus, since you yourself likely won’t be spending many consecutive hours in the laundry room, you don’t have to worry about getting bored or tired of a really bold design choice. The laundry room is an opportunity to let your creativity really soar.
A bold wallpaper like the one in the photo below can make a wonderful statement with color and texture. Statement walls bring attention away from the appliances and piles of clothes by drawing the eyes upward and giving them something visually appealing to focus on. If wallpaper isn’t for you, experiment with a bright paint color or try a DIY project with wall stencils. A wall full of colors and textures you love is guaranteed to make you smile every time you set foot in your laundry room.
For those who prefer a minimalist aesthetic, there are still plenty of ways that you can transform your space into one that lifts up your mood. The juxtaposition of black and white paint colors in the room above creates visual appeal with a strong contrast, but simplicity is still the name of the game. Simple upgrades like changing the hardware on your cabinets can also have a big impact. Notice how the brass cupboard handles in the above photo really stand out and add visual interest to a monochromatic space.
If it’s within your budget and priorities to upgrade your appliances, think about how they will impact the décor. A washer and dryer take up a lot of space and they usually become the focal point of a laundry room due to their sheer size. With a minimalist approach to interior design, the appliances can have a tendency to draw even more attention. If you’ve decided to update your appliances, think about how you’ll incorporate them into the décor before you buy. On the other hand, if you’re not going to be buying anything new, consider how you can make the look of your washer and dryer part of your aesthetic. For example, in this photo, the black appliances make a bold statement, but by painting the shelves and cupboards above them the same color, the appliances recede into the wall and pull less focus.
If you don’t feel like you’re a design expert, here’s a tip for you: Plants are an easy and affordable way to spruce up any space. Plus, it’s been shown that houseplants not only improve air quality but can also have mood-boosting benefits. Adding some succulents or a hanging plant is a great way to bring life into a laundry room.
Bright and Beautiful
If you want to keep your laundry room as clean and tidy as possible then storage should be a central component of your design. This room has really maximized its potential with plenty of cabinet space to keep clutter out of sight. Often, it’s the disorganization and mess in a laundry room that can make the space feel unfriendly and overwhelming. Imagine walking into a bright and clean space to do your laundry, wouldn’t that make the chore so much less daunting?
While this room opts for clean simplicity with functional storage and a monochromatic color palate, there is still a great deal of visual interest and uniqueness thanks to the textured wallpaper. Even if you don’t have a large empty wall, you can still add a statement feature with the space you do have. Texture and patterns always pack a big punch.
By updating the décor of your laundry room with a fresh coat of paint, bold wallpaper, a storage solution, or even just a few potted plants, you can create a beautiful space that you actually want to spend time in. After all, why should the rooms in which you do your chores bring you any less joy than the others? By drawing inspiration from this post, you’ll soon have a beautiful laundry room of your own!
Planning your tablescap ahead of a holiday dinner is always ideal, but if you’re like me, not always practical. For that reason, this year I opted to simplify my approach. I started by pulling together some items I already had in the house and then just picked up some fresh florals and some eggs. Foregoing the more traditional Easter table full of pastels, I opted for a controlled palette this year using natural brown and white eggs (no dyeing!) I created a simple yet elegant table filled with neutral tones. The dark linens, plates and flatware set a beautiful background for the fresh white tulips, structured quince branches, and lush green moss. I added the hyacinth placemats to give the table a lighter feel. Pheasant feathers balance the table tying together the brown eggs, organic garland and vintage glass bottles. Now, with the table setting out of the way there is more time to focus on family, the food and the arrival of Spring.
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