Post by Deonne Rowland from Odd Sock, Odd Shoe
The botanical design trend is everywhere in interiors at the moment – from frond-heavy wallpaper designs providing a busy background to simple schemes to snake plants in belly baskets in pared-back, natural nurseries – and it’s easy to see why. Adding botanical details, whether in abundance or tasteful moderation, brings a feeling of lightness and calm to all interiors and perhaps children’s rooms especially. Here’s my take on the best in botanical wall art to bring in some lightness and calm to your own nursery, child’s room or playroom.
Tree House print by Scout Editions
I like the smallness of this print in the A5 version as it emphasises the smallness and hidden-away-ness of a tree house itself. This would look sweet either nestled among other objects (or plant life, as here) on a shelf or as centrepiece art on a neutral wall in a minimalist scheme with dark wood details.
Monstera leaf in pine by Lala Loves Décor
Beloved for its graphic, ‘swiss cheese’ shape, the monstera leaf is the star of a wide range of prints and textiles at the moment, and this substantial pine version is my favourite of all. The leaf is earthy and solid and works particularly well in neutral schemes where taupes, ivories and greys are offset against natural, textural materials such as pine or beech; cork or rattan.
My Deer Art Shop String of Pearls postcard
This is available as part of a set of three botanical-themed cards in A5 or as an A3 print and captures all the spindly, spidery charm of the plant it depicts. To echo that delicate feel, lightly fix to the wall with white washi tape or place it behind the trailing tendrils of your own pearl plants.
Moebe oak frame
These two sheets of acrylic glass with a frame free of all superfluous detail are a mini marvel of good design. Combine with a microwave flower-press and create your own changing displays of floral art. I’ve used nigella flowers here to create what my five year-old calls a ‘blue flower tree’ – lavender, poppies and almost any other flower you love would make equally good flower trees for your own little people.
(The Moebe Pinch peg is also shown here with a floral illustration by Maartje van de Noort.)
Pure White print by Trine Holbaek
Danish artist Trine Holbaek draws heavily from what she calls the ‘northern nature’ and I think it’s strongly felt in this minimalist scene of oak leaves overlaid with white paint. It looks like stucco and exudes quiet calm – a lovely addition to a simple nursery scheme, especially if combined with neutral linens and brass accents.
Cotton Plant print and palm frond postcard by By Garmi
Danish design studio By Garmi has produced a range of botanical-themed pieces as part of its wider portfolio. I love these two examples side-by-side: the soft powder colour of the Cotton Plant print alongside the spiky green of the palm frond postcard (one of eight from the Flora postcard pack). As an alternative to design schemes heavy on whites and greens, consider combining these two shades – powder/blush/nude (the ‘good pink’) and olive green – for a richer take on the botanical trend.
And don’t forget books!
The main purpose of a child’s book is of course to be read and enjoyed aloud, but well-chosen examples can also be enjoyed as wall art. Cluster together a few with a botanical theme for a different type of greenery in your design scheme. While not strictly for children, Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air (illustrated by Patrick Hruby) is my absolute top tip for a botanical-themed book you will want to see prominently displayed each time you walk into your child’s room.
All images and styling by Odd Sock, Odd Shoe
Deonne Rowland is the founder of Odd Sock, Odd Shoe, modern children’s interior design services. It is also about bringing some style and beautiful design to children’s spaces – whether that’s through a well-chosen item of midcentury furniture, a child-sized take on a design classic or a carefully sourced range of products from the best of today’s children’s design from around the world. Check it out on her website and Instagram and say hello!