Exotic flowers are like nature’s artworks, so beautiful that they can inspire interior decorating ideas. Below, 10 different exotic flowers have inspired 10 different rooms. Pick your favorite flower and see of the decorating style wins you over.
#1. Black Tulip
Like cups on green stems, black tulips are dramatic and gothic, ideal for interior decorating in elegant European styles. Decorate your room with ornate, large furniture and display your tulips in urn-like glass vases. Add intricate gold mirrors on the wall and chandelier lamps overhead. For a bedroom, display black tulips on both nightstands. For a living room create a magnificent centerpiece of black tulips.
#2. Yellow Iris
In the language of flowers, yellow irises signify joy. And so interior decorating inspired by the yellow iris must encapsulates this sense of summer. Keep your furniture, lamps, rugs and curtains in pale hues and wrap the walls around them in a bold yellow hue that echoes the color of the irises scattered in brightly colored vases throughout the room.
#3. Purple Calla Lilies
Considered exotic for their velvety petals and deep purple hue, lilies inspire a sophisticated interior decorating style. Decorate your room with other shades of purple, all lighter than the flowers. Choose velvety fabrics but not silks, once more to mimic the lack of sheen in the petals of the purple calla lily. Finally, paint the walls in lilac to give your bouquets of calla lilies center stage in a pond of purple hues.
#4. Magenta Orchids
Orchids typically accompany oriental interior decorating styles, like the Asian bedroom with its low elevation furniture, or the Japanese living room with its symmetrical lines and pale hues. To create orchid inspired interior decorating that blends the harmony of Asian decor with an eclectic, bolder sense of style, echo the shades of the orchid on your walls. For a pale pink orchid, paint your walls a deep magenta. For a purple orchid, paint your walls in eggplant. And repeat the velvety texture of the orchid in throws and pillows, making sure they match your wall.
#5. Birds of Paradise
Exquisitely elegant, Birds of Paradise inspire an interior decorating style that is summery and breezy. Use a pale color palette for your furniture, then liven it with silk pillows that echo the yellow-orange hues of your vases in which short-cropped Birds of Paradise intermingle with Baby’s Breath. Add sheer white curtains with ornate yellow tie-backs. Spread a green or blue carpet below and display taller Birds of Paradise in extra-tall blue or green vases positioned in corners of the room.
Made of a single textured crimson leaf and a long protruding spandex, Anthuriums look almost like a butterfly with a beak. This wild appearance inspires exotic interior decorating from hot landscapes. Choose furnishings in earth tones or African hues. And wicker chairs and baskets or a wicker coffee table. Even rocking chairs and an overhead fan will go well with this decor. Then display your low-level, sprawling Anthuriums in dark terra-cotta pots.
Considered exotic because of its powerful fragrance, gardenias have the lush dense petals of roses but the beauty of added size and foliage. Create interior decorating inspired by gardenias by using pale furniture (or slipcovers). Add green pillows alongside wicker or wood chairs. Repeat the white and green motif in your curtains, wall color and rugs. Display your gardenias in a giant bouquet as a centerpiece.
#8. Fox Glove
The fox glove, which grows wild where I live, has a tall stem clustered with dropping purple bells. Interior decorating inspired by this elegant, tall apparition is all about slenderness and delicate softness. Choose light furniture (as opposed to bulky). For existing furniture, coat it in vertically striped slipcovers in pale shades of white, purple or blue. Add a dark purple carpet and paint the walls in lilac. Add lace pillows in purples, blues and whites.
Hawaii’s state flower, the Hibiscus inspires interior decorating from the South Pacific. Paint your walls a pale shade of blue. Add a blue rug, then float sandy furniture over it. Add Yellow and blue pillows and sheer curtains, and display hibiscus flowers in blue glass vases.
#10. Lily of the Valley
Symbols of innocence, Lily of the Valley stems are filled with tiny white bells that cluster together like the heads of angels. Decorate a pale white colored room to match this flower. Use lace and sheer fabrics. Cover dark furniture with slipcovers and place a bamboo rug on the floor. Add a wicker fan overhead and a mosquito net as a bed canopy, or as ceiling decor in a living room.
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