Why the Inside Outside trend is here to stay.
Houseplants are your wellbeing friend. Living accessories to be employed with abandon. Stylist Amanda Smith; photographer Ben Anders.
The Virginia Blue fern (Phlebodium Pseudoaureum).
Luxe linens from Italian bedwear supremo, Society Limonta, perfectly offset by a wall of green. Benjamin Moore's "Deep Sea Green" paint would be a good match.
Murals wallpaper (www.muralswallpaper.co.uk) can produce a wide variety of scenes for your walls for £25 per sq metre.
All the big companies are in on the leaf-print wallpaper action! From left: "La Havane" wallpaper, £136 per roll, from Nobilis; cushion cover, £6.99, and tray, £12.99, both H&M; "Exotic Daimer" wallpaper from Wall&Deco, £100 per sqm; "Palm Jungle" wallpaper from Cole & Son, £82 per roll.
This house, first featured in our May 2016 edition, used an amazing custom print of tropical leaves to add an exotic touch of green to the main bedroom.
A rug like a lawn and an indoor flower bed, what's not to love! This home belongs to the Editor in Chief of Swedish ELLE Decoration. It was first featured in the June 2016 edition.
Here, a bright green kitchen and complementary-coloured sofa are an engaging bolt of the healthy hue. Photographer: Henrik Knudsen
Sometimes it's just a pop of green that's required to give both you and a room a lift. This image is from one of my favourite ever homes we've published, first seen in the June 2016 edition. See the back issues link at the bottom of the post if you want to pick up a copy.
Your very own all-weather, indoor oasis. Sofa from Moss Melbourne in Australia, Cushions from Northwood, wall painted in "Viking" from Haymes paint. Photographer Martina Gemmola; stylist: Ruth Welsby.
Green is good
Text by Michelle Ogundehin, Editor in Chief ELLE Decoration UK
A desire for the Indoor Outdoor look that’s all about glass back walls and Crittall windows shows no sign of abating. And rightly so. We all know that fresh air is good for us and that even gazing upon the colour green can make us feel better (fact, hospital patients with a view of a garden heal faster than those without). We also get the whole open plan home thing being more suited to modern living as shared multi-functional space means no-one gets trapped in the kitchen, not to forget the contemporary redundancy of dining rooms. But, what if you rent, live in an apartment, or have a house but can’t knock down your back wall, or even if you could, it’d look out onto something rather more urban-barren than country-idyll-verdant? Before plummeting into wintery despair, here’s my six simple steps to faking the inside out feel, wherever you live. Because green is good, and the more healing we can do at home, the better. Plus, when the weather is foul, this is a great way to get the benefit of the big outdoors without actually putting a foot outside!
- Go crazy with the houseplants. Allegedly you should aim for one plant per piece of household electronic equipment for optimum bad-stuff neutralisation: they suck up the nasties and purify the air. Good to know as one report I read stated that the average home is more polluted indoors, than the street outside it. And the houseplant we love? The Virginia Blue fern. (See gallery. And you might also like this post on the history of houseplants).
- Paint a wall green. The colour itself provokes your feel good endorphins, not just the act of getting outdoors, so if you haven’t got a garden or any other form of outside space, bring a sense of it indoors by choosing a verdant shade you love and getting roller happy.
- Fake foliage with wallpaper. One step further than just paint would be a large-scale, foliage-heavy wallpaper pasted directly onto a key wall. Alternatively, there’s also many a great leafy-print mural on the market today, from bucolic scenes of the English countryside to lush impressions of the Brazilian jungle, all custom-printed to fit any wall you might care to adorn.
- Fake a grassed area indoors. Why not consider the purchase of a wonderfully deep pile rug in green. Digging your toes into it every morning will be almost as good as the real thing. Or, could you incorporate a whole planter or even indoor flowerbed for real greenery into your home? Plants don’t have to be just in pots! (See the gallery for inspiration).
- Make a green focal point. Your kitchen is perfect for this as it’s already where you go to nourish yourself… could you contemplate green units? You could get the effect by just changing the doors, or getting existing ones re-sprayed.
- Convert your sofa into an indoor oasis. First update it with green upholstery (de rigour, and taking over from grey as the “hot colour” in upholstery. Velvet being the fabric of choice) then add a mountain of greenery emblazoned cushions. Simples.
Ps make a note in your diary for the forthcoming March edition of ELLE Decoration UK, on sale on newsstands 2 February to 1 March. Nothing to do with greenery, but very lovely nonetheless. You’ll be able to download it here from 2 February. Or you could subscribe now here! And get back issues here.
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