25 Ideas for Fresh Garden Style

Bring vibrant outdoor style inside with evergreen ideas for garden-style decorating
By: Jackie Dishner
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Botanical prints pair with traditional houndstooth, crisp whites and grass greens in this garden-style living room.

Botanical prints pair with traditional houndstooth, crisp whites and grass greens in this garden-style living room.

Grow your indoor garden style with these 25 creative design ideas from top designers.

Garden Living Room

1. Victorian bird cages, garden urns and statuary found at flea markets or antiques stores make perfect knickknacks to place on shelves, mantels or niches.

2. Arrange traditional garden furniture like a wooden bench, Chinese garden stool or wicker chair by a window.

3. Place a miniature water fountain on an end table or coffee table.

4. Hang sheer drapes with a leaf or floral pattern from the ceiling all the way to the floor.

5. Think of your walls like an expanse of sky, and mimic the color scheme to play up the furniture and accessories. Choose a solid shade for the wall and dot the "sky" with colorful pillows and an area rug over a dark wooden floor.

6. Incorporate stone features around the fireplace, or embellish one wall with glazed river rock.

7. Combine varying degrees of texture found in nature. Try smooth silk or cotton on a tabletop mixed with rough corduroy fabric on a couch that might be reminiscent of bark. Then, toss a throw blanket that has fringe, frayed like the torn edges of a leaf.

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From: Design on a Dime

8. Keep a stack of nature photography books or outdoor travel guides as coffee-table accents.

Garden Bedroom

9. Flower-patterned curtains, duvets and upholstery add comfortable splashes of garden style to an intimate bedroom. Be sure the walls are a solid color so you don't feel overwhelmed by pattern.

10. Large vases with fresh, dried or silk flowers touch up dead spaces in corners, on a side table or on top of an armoire.

11. Paint, stamp or glue floral imagery onto walls or furniture accents, then embellish with seeds and beads using a glue gun.

12. In the master bath, pick translucent glass tile to simulate the colors of water reflecting in a pond.

13. Re-create the tropics by incorporating vivid, spicy colors with pillows.

14. Create a collection of graphic images of your favorite flower, herb or other outdoor plant and arrange them over a dresser or bed.

15. Display an idea bulletin board where you tack on swatches of fabrics, seed packets, paint chips and patterns that can serve as design inspiration and a garden-inspired accent.

Garden Kitchen

16. Create mosaic trivets from broken floral-patterned china or pottery, or use an old tin watering can for a kitchen counter or table centerpiece.

17. Display a collection of floral-themed plates, teacups or vases on a shelf or over a window.

18. If there's room, bring in an ornamental wood or wrought iron trellis to hang dish towels, oven mitts and utensils. Anchor it to the wall or floor so it doesn't fall over.

19. Stencil fern, leaf or floral patterns along the borders of windows, floorboards or ceilings. Choose large stencils and stick to one solid color for a contemporary look.

20. To house cooking utensils, choose a plain, stenciled or hand-painted clay pot.

21. Cluster together a collection of birds — crystal, wooden, ceramic and cast iron — by a window or in a shadowbox.

22. Stretch lace fabric over a large canvas that's painted black, and hang it on the wall. For less drama, pick a chintz fabric.

Garden-Style Paint Colors

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Wheatgrass set inside a pedestal dish brings vibrant color to this living room.

Wheatgrass set inside a pedestal dish brings vibrant color to this living room.

23. Think of the palette of colors found outdoors — the green in grass and fern, brown soil and bark, the yellow sun, a cloudy blue sky — and choose from those for a natural color scheme.

24. Instead of white walls, choose tan, light blue or nature-inspired greens that have some brown tones embedded in them, such as sage or olive.

25. Look for finishes in paint and tile that present subtle reminders of naturally occurring materials such as granite, quartz and flagstone.

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