Art becomes a focal point of almost every room, and that can be a very good or bad thing. Primary colors are too jarring. Banksy prints and graffiti art are polarizing. Figurative works are often too specific. Hollister creates almost all our art and has been pushing geometric abstracts in shades of pastel and putty to add visual interest and help images pop online.
Neutral canvases, collages, and prints will always work, and they don’t have to be fancy: We’ve framed torn and crumpled-up construction paper, and drawn and painted directly on the particle board of Ikea frames. You can do a lot with black, white, and craft paper and a decent frame: For paintings on canvas, we often order maple Float Frames from Pictureframes.com; they do custom sizing for a steal.
8. Add life with nonliving plants.
Nothing beats the real thing when it comes to flowers, fruit, and foliage, but sellers need their space to be showing-ready at a moment’s notice, and wilting, dying stems aren’t going to win anyone over.
In lieu of the real estate cliché bowl of lemons in the kitchen, we stick to farmers’-market-looking faux vegetables in greens and purples: artichokes, leafy greens, figs, and purple grapes. The lettuces are creepily real looking and photograph very well—and for quick sourcing, see Amazon. There are also some hyper-realistic foam baguettes we like to throw on a chopping block or cheeseboard. For bouquets, we source all of our artificial flowers from CFD, a wholesaler in the Chelsea Flower District. Flowers that look strangest and most fake in real life (such as allium, anthurium, poppies, and ranunculus) are the most convincing fakes—and are Instagram gold. Artificial blueberry and olive branches look great in more naturalist, rustic settings. (See 10 Easy Pieces: Eerily Lifelike Faux Plants for the Home.) Another place for plant styling is in window boxes: Whether stocked with real or faux, they add a screen of privacy that can take the place of window shades and, since you’re looking out at green, they often improve the view.
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