The large outdoor deck is painted a dark charcoal color that subtly separates it from the home’s charcoal exterior. Wrapping the beams of the pergola in climbing vines adds a botanical transition from the outdoor living area to the adjacent yard.
A nursery design should calm baby and parents alike. A soft, neutral color palette accented with botanical artwork does just that. Hang framed prints symmetrically above the crib for a look that feels both clean and organic. This is also a great idea for the perpetual houseplant killer – you get the color of nature without the upkeep.
Mary Margaret, who studied art history at the University of Georgia, is an artist who offers a fresh take on traditional botanicals by finishing her colorful images of flowers and plants with a glossy coat of resin. Many of her paintings are displayed in her home, including these camellias in the couple's bedroom.
New York designer, Alan Tanksley, sees the color trend shifting toward a subtler color palette defined by nature. "Come out from under the unrelenting depths of forest green and other shady colors and step into a fresh spring palette of celadons, young birch bark, hyacinth violets and sky blues. That’s what I see coming our way!"
Flowers and botanicals add a soft, elegant style to bathroom walls. To achieve this traditional bathroom’s look, you could press your own botanicals or buy botanical prints. The light blush-colored walls and curtains gently contrast with the earthy color of the botanicals. Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques” adds that a wall is a good place for uniformity, so using identical frames can have a calming effect.