Big Leaves = Big Style

Diamon Baratta in New York Spaces

Diamond Baratta in New York Spaces

Lush beautiful blossoms like peonies, hydrangeas and cymbidium orchids aren’t perfect for every decor and we’re sometimes asked to create more modern designs using just big leaves.

Christina Murphy in House Beautiful

Christina Murphy in House Beautiful

Usually these bouquets are placed in contemporary settings (most recently in the chic interiors of Megu, a trendy Japanese restaurant in New York) and in homes with a coastal or tropical feel.

Scott Currie in Elle Decor

Scott Currie in Elle Decor

Big leaves such as monstera deliciosa, elephant ears and fiddle leaf fig are not only a cost effective way of getting big style on a budget, but the fresh ones seem to last forever (the same could be said for the faux ones, too!)  We love how theses designs make such a statement without all the fuss.

Kelly Wearstler's Game Night Table in House Beautiful

Kelly Wearstler's Game Night Table in House Beautiful

Sarah Walker in Elle Decor

Sarah Walker in Elle Decor

Jack Fhillips in Traditional Home

Jack Fhillips in Traditional Home

So whether your look is natural or nautical, we think big leaves are the way to go for maximum style – don’t you?

Photos from New York Spaces, House Beautiful, Elle Decor and Traditional Home

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  • Reply Hamptontoes August 11, 2010 at 6:52 am

    I definitely believe in using only greens in a vase for a stylish look. During the summer months, I also use a grouping of tall, ornamental grasses in a tall vase in our vacation home. I like the simple look, it feels relaxed.

  • Reply Diana August 11, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I luv seeing a large hibiscus print in a room, it’s one of my fav’s!

  • Reply Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi August 11, 2010 at 9:39 am

    They really bring colour and life into a room!

    I’m the same kind of reader as you are–books everywhere. One of the things my husband had to get used to when we got married!

  • Reply Melissa August 11, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Oooh, I’m loving the upholstered headboard!

  • Reply dovecote decor August 11, 2010 at 10:35 am

    You are the only person I know that calls philodendron “monstera deliciosa.” I learned it when I was a garden docent at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Ca. I used to call my children that when they were truly little deliciosas!

  • Reply diane August 11, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I love the sophisticated look of big green leaves and the fact that you don’t need a garden to do this in your own home…. just find a tree or bush (or a friendly neighbor’s)

  • Reply vivian August 11, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    stunning photos. the green leaves really just brighten up all those rooms… good inspo 🙂

  • Reply Piper August 11, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Oh that headboard is so amazing! The pattern, the color – wow!

  • Reply paula August 11, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    very chic!

  • Reply pve August 11, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I think Lauren at Pure style home always adds big leaves to her interiors, I think it adds a bit of green without looking too fussy- handsome images ladies!

  • Reply pretty pink tulips August 11, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I don’t know why….but big leaves is making me think of Brooke Shield’s love interest on the Blue Lagoon! Been a long day of driving! 🙂
    xo Elizabeth

  • Reply The Zhush August 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    These are so chic! (pool house inspiration file!)

  • Reply Struggler August 13, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Yes please – I could definitely use some big leaves in my home. So relieved to hear they fit with my hoped-for coastal (leaning tropical?) style…

  • Reply lauren April 9, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    is the fiddle leaf fig arrangement (in water) in the last photo your own?

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