After the terrariums or the urban jungle style, another plant related décor this year is the herbarium.
For a long time, the herbarium has been synonymous with culture. A few centuries ago it was very popular on the walls and in the libraries of French bourgeois houses. Herbariums demonstrated people’s interest in botany and science. As an interior wall decoration, it brought a chic and intellectual feel to a home, a décor very trendy at that time.
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A bit of history: although we do not have an exact date of when the first herbarium started, a possible inventor of the herbarium could be Luca Ghini (1500-1556), Italian botanist and professor of botany in Bologna. Unfortunately, his herbarium of 300 plants has not been preserved. The National Museum of Natural History in Paris contains a preserved herbarium dating from 1558, a small hardcover volume containing 313 plants harvested by Jehan Girault.
Framing plants, Frame by Moebe.
In the 16th century, the herbarium was a catalog of fresh plants that was used to hold different botanical species. Today, the herbarium is made up of these leaves and flowers that botany lovers bring back from walks in the forest. The plants are dried and pressed before being exposed either under a frame or in a book. Buy it, make it yourself, match it with real plants, new generation of herbariums decorate our walls to bring up a touch of green.
Hanging indoor garden, Home Designing.
The herbarium of our childhood, this hymn to nature, comes in different forms on our walls.
If maintaining real plants requires a little time, it is not the case with herbarium. Once made, they cling to the walls, creating a vegetation look.
Plants in metal frame, Amazon.com
Once dried and put under glass, the leaves do not suffer from any condition. The herbarium can last forever, provided it is not too exposed to direct bright sunlight.
The main idea for a successful pressed botanical decor is to vary the size of the frames and the leaves.A recent twist from the decor of Parisian houses is to associate one or more real dry leaves or flowers on the wall next to your pressed botanical frame.
Hanging plant frames, Finnish Design Shop.
The herbarium with its intellectual cachet, is an ideal decoration for an office.
Nothing like a patchwork of herbaria above the desk to inspire creation. Alternatives to ferns and wildflowers, mosses and lichens are also successful when put under glass. The vertical frame format fits perfectly to the size of the plants. Less is better when it comes to herbariums. One or 2 stems per frame is ideal to better highlight the characteristics of the plants. To highlight the colors of the leaves, do not hesitate to choose a textured or colored background paper.
Living room, Decoist.
There are several options to consider in an office: align the frames on a console or desk or hang them on the wall.
You can also arrange some mismatched vases around your herbarium frames to get a trendy plant composition to work with confidence.
Living room with plants, Trip Advisor.
It is still not easy to put real live plants on a chimney mantel. The heat would kill your plants. An alternative to these is the herbarium. These dried botanical boards perfectly dress up a chimney top and add the “green” touch to the decor in this room.
If you want to feel nature as you walk through the doorway, add some herbariums to decorate the entrance. Framed plants mixed with plants in pot or flower bouquets create a harmonious décor. Your decoration of the entrance recreates the atmosphere of a garden and reflects a feeling of country house where it is good to live.
Wall gallery, Domino.
And if you do not have a real herbarium, nature lovers will particularly like this ultra-fresh herbarium that brightens a wall. Made of fresh flowers and greens hanging upside down, your wall is transformed into a mini garden, easy to maintain! You can also add some vintage postcards representing flowers (obviously!) for a unique look.
Herbs against pink wall, Cote Maison.
If you do not have access to real plants to make your own herbarium, another idea is to tear off some pictures or design of plants from an old botanical book and create your own décor. This idea should appeal to intellectuals and flower lovers, who both have a cool corner in their home with beautifully crafted illustrations.
Living room, RC Wiley Blog.
Next: go for a walk in nature and collect plants to make your own herbarium this year.
But beware, rare and endangered plants should not, logically, be part of a personal herbarium. If you find a plant that does not look like any of the others around it, it might be rare. Let it live!