Earlier this summer,
as the ferns were pushing up their lovely fiddleheads
I was smitten.
When the trees filled out, I discovered that my yard was enveloped in shade. Mostly. Cool, peaceful shade. As I came to realize that flowers were not to be major players in my gardens, my eye was continually drawn to ferns. Especially the giant Ostrich Ferns.
When you walk a woodland path, do you find a swath of ferns cool and restful? Is there something about them that rejuvenates your spirit? Don’t you wish that you could have that feeling every day?
Here are some things I discovered about green.
And why we are refreshed from admiring the flora.
Did you know that green…
- is the most popular decorating color?
- symbolizes nature?
- is the easiest color on the eye and can improve vision?
- calms and refreshes and balances our emotions?
- is a healing color?
- does our heart good? Evidently it brings physical equilibrium?
- relaxes our muscles and helps us breathe deeper and slower?
No wonder green is a popular color in home decor.
According to Debbie Zimmer, color expert at the Paint Quality Institute, dining rooms and kitchens are the “natural” spots for in vogue greens, but it is can be used in family rooms and bedrooms, too. The 2012 paint palette draws heavily upon the natural colors in the American landscape. Greens, ranging from celery and asparagus to fir and fern, allow us to bring the comforting feelings of nature into our homes.
Do you have greens in your home decor?
There are numerous ways to bring a bit of green and nature into our homes.
For those who are “Do It Yourselfers”
ferns can be pressed between heavy books for a few weeks
and then mounted behind glass, or embellished with paint and more
and then hung on the wall in a graphic arrangement like this…
For those who are gathers and collectors,
a lovely vignette can be made of nests and live ferns
and other beauties from the woodland floor.
Consider using a lantern instead of a cloche for added interest.
For those who enjoy handmade items,
a Longaberger Basket woven of hardwood maple and stained a rich green
is a perfect embellishment to any room.
Liners may be purchased to enhance the basket’s use or for textural interest with nature’s prints.
Does your home need a restful refreshing?
It’s as easy as gathering some ferns from the woods, purchasing a potted fern or a lovely handmade basket with ferns embossed on the lid or beautiful fern pillow, or stacking a few books bound in green.
Are you inspired to add ferns or a bit of green to your decor?
Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!