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Just opened in Paris: Hotel Providence. It has a warm, opulent interior with lots of dark colours. Many walls are decorated with magnificent wallpaper featuring plant motifs on black backgrounds. Doesn’t it look chic?


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Artist Ellen Hoverkamp makes wonderful scanner photographs of flowers and plants. She scans what other people grow, and with her careful arrangements brings attention to nature’s beauty.

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A dark floral print works well in an interior with moody colours, like this room with luxurious teal wallpaper. The fifties lamp and chair in matching colours make this a very classy corner indeed.


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French luxury brand Hermes had a recent campaign that showed dark flora at its most luscious. The designs were photographed amidst dense tropical foliage in a blueish light, acquiring an air of mystery.


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If you’re fond of antique botanical images, look up the work of Mary Delany. This 18th century Englishwoman created delicate paper cut out works, beautiful and botanically accurate depictions of plants.


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An image of plants looks lovely surrounded by… more plants! This set-up with hanging plants, a few potted plants and an antique botanical print of a horse chestnut is especially inventive.

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This interior features mostly earthy tones, but the print and cushions with plant designs lift those up with their bright blues and yellows. The botanical print with its typical wooden poles was used in education; look for similar ones in antique stores and markets.

Etsy shop Insitu decorative arts is run by Suzanne DeVicaris, an artist from Philadelphia. She makes fabulous glass trays with decoupage, using pretty mid-century botanical illustrations. They not only look great, but are useful too: they are washable, so presenting food on them is an option.

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Images found at: pinterest.com, ideat.fr, etsy.com, evergreendirect.co.uk, trendland.com, cole-and-son.com, hotelprovidenceparis.com, myneighborsgarden.com, closetonthego.com, britishmuseum.org

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