Combining plants and pictures to form an arrangement will be most effective if you use colour, pattern or shape as the link between them.
A plant that picks out one of the colours used in the picture will draw the eye both to painting and plant.
Choose plants that echo the subject of the picture. Ferns are a natural choice with a woodland scene. You could match awith an Oriental painting or a with ethnic textiles hung on the wall.
A painting of a plant or flower grouped with a plant of the same type will make a far stronger impact than either would displayed on their own. This is not as difficult as it sounds. Photograph a favourite plant, then frame the enlarged print. Group with the original subject or form a larger arrangement of plants as required.
You can also show off a colour in a picture by positioning the plant separately, so long as the colour chosen is bright. In a room of muted tones pick a strong colour in a large picture for your plant plant group and place this on a coffee or side table elsewhere in the room. The colour will draw the eye from one to the other.
When creating a still-life from plants and paintings consider adding some accessories that also repeat the theme. Shells could be added to a seascape, cones and nuts to a country view.
Where to use
An arranged group incorporating and a picture is suitable for almost any situation in the home.
- In bathrooms and kitchens pictures add a decorative finish to functional rooms that can suffer from large areas of plain colour. The effect can be enhanced by including plants. Place a picture above the loo and use the cistern top as a plant shelf, or add a shelf below a picture on an otherwise empty wall.
- A living room is an obvious choice for a striking arrangement. Hang pictures close to the surfaces where plants can stand.
- A beautifully arranged group of plants and accessories can provide an exciting still-life without the inclusion of a painting. Here are some suggestions:
- Use a wall to a showy plant, or hang three matching planted wall baskets at different levels.
- Use a collection of jugs, teapots or bowls as plant containers and arrange along a shelf or windowsill. Plants could be interspersed with fresh .
- Paint two or three old baskets in shades of green, then hang by their handles at different levels in a corner and fill them with decorative ferns.