Botany is the study of all things plant-related, from flowers to leaves to branches to tree trunks. So a botanically inspired bedroom is one in which plants – in any form – play a large part in the decorating scheme. Fresh, vibrant, growing and alive, plants have a naturally soothing quality that makes them highly suited to a starring role in the bedroom.
So whether you choose the real thing or prefer décor with botanical motifs, it’s time to harness the power of the plant in your interior decorating. To help inspire you, here are nine bedrooms that perfectly rock the botanical theme.
Who said you had to use a traditional headboard at the top of your bed? Instead, why not give a large potted plant the position of honor, as in this room from Emma Reddington of The Marion House Book? Look for a large plant with a naturally spreading growth pattern and big leaves, like the fiddle leaf fig shown here, or a palm, Swiss cheese plant, or umbrella plant. Be sure it’s easy to reach the plant for watering, however, so your living headboard continues to thrive. So fresh and pretty.
Looking for a way to not only decorate your bedroom, but also to preserve that perfect fall leaf you found on a walk, the most gorgeous flowers from your spring garden, or even a treasured bouquet given to you by a significant other? Then give the old-fashioned hobby of pressing leaves or flowers a try, and create a botanical gallery wall, as in this room from blog Lemonade Pockets.
Maybe you can’t sleep underneath a bed of flowers, but you can certainly sleep under floral bedding. Since your choice of comforter or duvet cover set the pace for your entire bedroom, if you crave the botanical look, that’s where to start. A gorgeous floral duvet cover; comforter patterned in a design of leaves, branches or ferns; or a quilt with a tree pattern are all good options. If you prefer to keep your bed topper a simple solid, then use botanical motif throw pillows and sheets to highlight the look. This lovely bedroom is from Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design.
Accent walls have become a fairly standard way to add a punch of “Wow!” to a room, so if you are looking to go botanical, consider a plant-inspired accent wall at the head of your bed. The easiest way to achieve the look is with bold wallpaper, like the glorious riot of “framed” birds, butterflies, and leaves from Sanderson shown here (yes, that’s wallpaper, not a gallery wall.) You’ll find nearly endless choices, so whether you want flowers, leaves, trees, or an entire woodland scene, you can have it. What a great way to add life to your bedroom.
If you’ve recently cut down a tree on your property, don’t consign all of the wood to the fireplace. Instead, select a thick section of the tree trunk, and turn it into a rustic accent table like the one shown here. There’s not much to it, but it’s a time-consuming project, so don’t expect to be enjoying your side table the very same evening.
The fastest and easiest way to add a touch of botanical décor to your room is with houseplants. Not only do these works of green art add a fresh vibe to your space that manmade items can’t match they also act as living air purifiers, working to remove chemicals and impurities from the air around them. Don’t think your thumb isn’t green enough to keep plants alive; there are many houseplants easy enough even for a beginner, including favorites like Chinese evergreen, pothos, snake plant, and dieffenbachia. If your thumb is a little greener, try some more challenging plants with colorful foliage, such as polka dot plant; or a flowering houseplant like the African violet.
There’s a reason birch tree wallpaper has become so popular; it’s lovely and soothing, plus it works to add an almost magical touch of the great outdoors to just about any decorating style. Case in point: the gorgeous and sophisticated room from Chelsea Pineda Interiors shown here. If you want to keep the look subdued, go with an equally subdued wallpaper like the one here. If you prefer more of a statement, look for wallpaper with a stronger or more colorful design. Thanks to the popularity of the birch tree, you’ll find hundreds of wallpapers to choose from.
If you’d like to go bold with your botanical flourishes, why not try a wall mural? Whether you cover an entire wall, go small-scale with a mural centered above your bed, or simply add a floral design along the upper wall, it’s a dramatic way to add botanical flair to the room. If you are confident in your artistic abilities, create the design yourself, like the gorgeous hand-painted mural in this bedroom from Kendall Wilkinson Design. If you want to DIY, but it’s been a long time since those high school drawing classes, use stencils. If you prefer to avoid a paintbrush altogether, there are lots of wallpaper or wall decal designs to choose from.
Here’s another creative use of cut trees or branches; instead of tossing them into the woodpile, use them to create a four-poster (or two-poster if you only set them at the bed’s bottom) style that is so spectacular, you’ll want to bring all your visitors into your bedroom to see it.
You’ll need to let the wood dry before using it, and then sand away loose bark or rough edges. Spray the entire length of the trunk with acrylic sealer before using strong screws to attach the trunk to your bed and the ceiling (if the trunks are tall enough to reach that high.)