If one of your favorite places happens to be the garden in the backyard of your home, chances are you wouldn't be opposed to bringing the same aesthetic into your interior design. Just imagine being able to relax in a living room that's full of the same beautiful flowers, greenery, textures and landscapes that you find outdoors. If a garden-inspired theme sounds like something you'd like to learn more about, consider these design essentials.
You can't have a garden-inspired space without incorporating a few live plants into the mix. If you're an avid gardener outside, you should have no trouble taking care of houseplants indoors. Just make sure you can meet each plant's requirements when it comes to water, light and nutrients so you'll have healthy plants that add vibrancy to the room. Don't be afraid to use greenery with bold colors, large leaves and interesting shapes – the more varied, the more natural your display will look.
Art always makes a great focal point in any space, so if you're using it in a garden-inspired theme, you'll need to stick to natural colors and subjects. Look for long, rectangular landscapes – whether they're photographed or painted. You could also use pieces featuring flowers, trees or even backyard bugs. As long as it reminds you of a garden, it should work in your plan.
Nothing says garden-inspired design like the use of outdoor furniture inside a home. From bistro tables and chairs to benches and wicker tables, these elements can make a living room feel like a porch or a dining space reminiscent of an al fresco restaurant. Don't hesitate to use bolder colors than you would outside.
Because nature is the focus of your scheme, you'll want natural – not artificial – light to dominate your space. Wide, sweeping windows with gauzy window treatments won't block out the sun's illumination during the day. Panel curtains in sheer fabrics can easily be pulled aside to let in as much light as possible, but be sure to have curtain ties on hand so they will remain held back.
A design with an outdoorsy vibe wouldn't be complete without plenty of wooden accents, but garden design in particular needs a certain type. Instead of polished pieces, look for furniture items that are a bit beat up, or distress them yourself with a few creative painting techniques.