Trending Now: The Olive Tree
It used to be that you couldn't open a magazine, or read a design blog, without there being at least one fiddle leaf fig tree prominently featured on the page. That tree was everywhere and for good reason, its big fluffy leaves add just the right amount of greenery, and its shape provides the right amount of dimension to any room it's placed in. It became a badge of honor if you could actually keep one alive (my best friend certainly took the trophy for that one) and to this day I'm still using them in projects.
The thing with the fiddle leaf fig is that it definitely lends itself to a certain type of interior. It adds instant warmth to any room but it also carries air of casualness with it. So what do you do if you have a formal space, say a dining room or a formal living room, that needs a greenery that has a bit of elegance to it? Or what if your interiors are a little more on the traditional, Scandinavian or Tuscan side (aka a lot of new builds)? These are the type of spaces that can be difficult to bring in greenery, because often by doing so you look as though you are trying to make your home something that it is not.
The answer is clear and it just so happens to be one of the biggest home trends of the year- the olive tree! I cannot tell you how many times I have recommended an olive tree to my clients this year and that because it is the perfect accessory for places that you want greenery, but not too much greenery. In a project that I'm working up now I plan to use two of these flanking a fireplace in a formal living room and I really think that little touch is going to make the space. It's such an elegant plant and it brings with it a little bit of that old world feel which is exactly the look I am going for.
Still not convinced, check out a few of these inspiration images that exemplify how impactful the addition of an olive tree can be.
Given their popularity, you can definitely find a live olive tree at your local nursery (here is a great article on how to care for your olive tree indoors) but I have to say that I'm not minding the faux ones and this is coming from someone who swore I'd never have a fake anything in my house! It never ceases to amaze me how easy it is to kill a beautiful plant / tree and I get that for some people it's just easier to get a silk one and be done with it. The replicas are so good these days, I have a client who only buys faux and I would have never known had she not told me! For those of you who want the look of a great tree, without the commitment, check out some of these options below! Xx