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We share beautiful ways to incorporate your favourite plants and nature-inspired decor into your home

Dreaming of an island retreat? Dressing your room with tropical decor elements is one of the easiest ways to embark on a getaway without having to pack your luggages. Whether its leafy print motifs or brightly coloured accents, these easy decor styles will imbue the sweet taste of the exotic into your abode. 

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1. A textile appeal

Artfully draped over the four-poster bed in the master bedroom of a young family’s holiday home, this printed fabric beautifully evokes the abundance of flora and fauna outside. It’s complemented by a judicious selection of natural textures, including the wooden stump used as a bedside table and the basketware used as lampshades; all of which help to create a tranquil yet layered feel.

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2. Choose botanical prints

Whether your home is located in the bustling city centre, part of suburbia or the quiet countryside, few decorative elements bring nature into a domestic space in a manner quite as charming as botanical prints. Reproductions of drawings showcasing fauna and flora are easy to source and will add a nostalgic yet natural ambience to just about any interior; these combine art with scientific endeavour, and a dash of historical flair.

The botanical artworks pictured here are based on German educational charts by painter Professor Gottlieb von Koch, biologist Dr Friedrich Quentell and teacher Heinrich Jung; they complement the look of this casual and colourful family room perfectly.

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3. Style your shelves with plants

This bathroom is a showcase of natural inspiration as well as an ultra-private retreat in which to indulge the senses. It combines various decorative curiosities with delightfully feminine touches on a set of Perspex shelves by South African interior designer Andrea Graff; the bathroom’s walls were also hand-painted with chinoiserie-style floral motifs.

Plants feature everywhere, bringing the natural world into the space in multiple forms that range from pressed specimens to painted artworks featuring flowers and a range of leafy indoor plants, too.

4. Opt for natural materials

As seen in this stylish beach bungalow, using furnishings fashioned from natural materials typically associated with patios and verandas instantly evokes a feeling of being outdoors. Here, a woven cane peacock chair from Cane World is an eye-catching focal point. To further the room’s tropical theme, the chair is paired with a cane-and-grass side table from Weylandts, and indoor plants housed in woven baskets from Design Afrika and Pezula Interiors.

Keep your colour scheme deliberately simple: white walls are accompanied with light wood flooring, and off-white curtains and bedlinen that add a tactile touch, while contributing to the room’s winsome and unfussy aesthetic.

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5. Let the light in

This sunken lounge in a three-storey house is filled with an eclectic mix of some of the owner’s favourite design pieces, which he has collected over the years. “Creating different levels on the ground floor really made a difference. When you step down into the lounge, you really get a sense of spaciousness,” he says.

Apart from the vertical garden, the dominating feature of this open-plan living and kitchen area is the black steel framed windows. The sleek, monochromatic look is made livelier with a botanical-themed rug, accompanied by contemporary designs from furniture brands including Hay and Tom Dixon

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