Interior Design

Trends from the Nest

Indoor Plants

Adding plants is the perfect and inexpensive way to brighten up your home décor.  While house plants are not a new concept, designers are using them more than ever this year.  Plants provide color, line, texture and form to any room however, the other great benefit is that many plants have a purifying effect. They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, additionally, plants also release water increasing humidity and, in many cases, remove toxins.  Therefore, you will find that you breathe easier when you are living amongst plants.  There are so many great options from tall and showy — that can fill corners or add height to a horizontal vignette, or small and compact — perfect for bookshelves, kitchens and accent tables.  Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree: If there is such a thing as an it plant, that plant would be a Fiddle Leaf Fig. You will have seen them in almost every interior design magazine.  Their size, silhouette and showy leaves makes them a perfect room accent as long as have enough bright light and you can keep them away from drafts.
  2. English Ivy: I love to use English Ivy on a floating bookshelf because of the way it trails.  Bright indirect light is best for this plant. Keep away from your pets as English Ivy is toxic to dogs and cats.
  3. Rubber Tree Plant: I love the large glossy leaves of a Rubber Tree Plant. They add so much drama but are very low maintenance.  All they require is a sunny spot and once-a-week water.
  4. Dragon Tree: This spiky plant goes very well with modern interiors. It is relatively easy to care for and will do well in bright but indirect sunlight


Interior Design

Design 101 – It’s Elemental!

The eight elements of design are:

  1. Line
  2. Form
  3. Color
  4. Value
  5. Texture
  6. Pattern
  7. Light
  8. Space

It is no coincidence that these eight elements are found in nature.  The outside world has an enormous influence on how we look at our interiors. In today’s blog let’s examine the first element – line.  Line leads the eye from one point to another.  Line within a room will create a specific mood.

  • Horizontal – like the horizon where the sky meets the sea, a horizontal line appears restful.
  • Vertical – lines that resist gravity, like a tall tree, give the appearance of strength.
  • Diagonal – similar to the slope of a mountain, diagonal line appears dynamic.
  • Curved – similar to shapes such as clouds or sand dunes, curved lines have a soft and sensory quality.

Here are examples of how we express line in nature and our interiors:linelines_2

So, you ask, what is the point of all this?  Using line correctly and balanced will establish the mood of the room.  Used incorrectly the room can look either monotonous or chaotic.  The trick is to mix and vary horizontal and vertical pieces to create a harmonious effect as seen in this example below.


Courtesy of Southern Living

Share examples of how you use line to set the mood in your home.