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I’m Maria, the "Plant Killer Turned Plant Lady" with a mission to help you care for plants successfully, grow your indoor jungles, and cultivate more joy in your life. I've got tons of content for you here on the blog, on the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast, and Bloom and Grow Youtube Show to help you keep blooming and keep growing.
Interior design principles are not limited to our indoor spaces! For us plant parents, interior design and gardening may initially appear as separate domains, but there are numerous similarities between the two—so much so that the principles of one can be applied to the other. In this episode, we’ll learn from Kelly Wilkniss of Decorating Tips and Tricks podcast as she shares nine valuable interior design tips that can be applied to transform your garden into a stunning, cohesive, and joyful space.
Growing Joy: The Plant Lover’s Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung
Kelly is an awesome interior designer who’s also crazy about gardening. She’s amazing at making spaces look beautiful and functional, both inside and out.
With Kelly’s knowledge of both design and gardening, she’s the perfect person to give tips on how to make your garden look amazing and inviting.
Kelly co-hosts the Decorating Tips and Tricks podcast, where she shares her love and knowledge of design and gardening with people from all over the globe.
Taking photos is the ultimate way to gain a fresh perspective on your living space or garden. When we see the same surroundings every day, our eyes tend to overlook small details or clutter that could be affecting the overall look and feel of the space.
By taking a photo, you can get a clear assessment of the room or garden, and spot areas that need improvement!
Kelly shares that controlling your color palette creates a clean and cohesive design that is visually appealing for your garden.
Choose a few primary colors to work with—adding in complementary or contrasting accents as you see fit—and you’ll find that your garden radiates harmony and balance.
Establish a sense of flow from your living space to your garden to make your outdoor area feel like an extension of your home.
Consider using similar outdoor furniture styles, or utilizing planters and decorations that are consistent with your indoor aesthetic. Creating this flow will enhance the harmony throughout your space.
Odd numbers have been proven to be more visually appealing, especially in groupings. When designing your garden, plant in clusters of three, five, or seven similar plants to create a sense of unity and balance, which ultimately enhances your garden’s visual impact.
Layering is critical in interior design, and this principle extends to gardening as well. Combining plants of different heights, textures, and colors creates depth and interest in your garden.
Start with larger plants as the foundation and build around them by mixing in mid-height and smaller plants for a rich, visually appealing composition.
Striking the right balance between the size of your plants, furniture, and garden accessories creates a pleasing and proportionate aesthetic. Make sure that your plants are appropriate in scale for your garden space and that furniture and accessories complement and enhance the overall design.
Limit visual noise in your garden by carefully selecting your plants, decorations, and furniture. Visual noise can be distracting and overwhelming, resulting in disharmony between the different elements in your space.
Be mindful of the materials, colors, and styles you choose to create a calming, cohesive space!
Adding touches of black throughout your garden provides a sense of grounding and elegance. Black furniture, planters, or decor can serve as visual anchors in your garden, giving your outdoor space a sophisticated, timeless look that works well with various styles and color palettes.
Keep your garden free of clutter and unsightly storage by investing in attractive and functional solutions.
Consider stylish storage containers, hidden compartments, or multi-purpose furniture to ensure your garden remains tidy, organized, and visually appealing!
By applying these interior design tips to your garden, you’ll be sure to create a space that is not only beautiful but also cohesive, functional, and joyful. These principles can guide you as you design both your home’s interior and your garden, ultimately elevating the overall aesthetics and ensuring a harmonious and inviting environment.
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Make your lawn look restorative, stylish, and cohesive, with Ryan McKenney’s new book Field Guide to Outside Style. Ryan walks you through perzonalizing your outdoor living space with the right plants, furnishings, and other design elements. Did we mention there are a lot of options, case studies, and before and after pictures to help you really digest this concept?
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