If I were really honest with myself, I could admit that what I really want is for my home to look like something you’d see in the pages of a magazine. Of course, real people live here, so its unlikely that will ever happen. One of the tips I’ve picked up from years of browsing through magazines is simple: Fresh flowers and plants are a simple, inexpensive way to brighten up a room. Colorful fruit can do the trick too.
Want to see what I mean? Check out all these magazine-featured rooms featuring greenery and fruits:
Photos from the portfolio of Eddie Ross
Photos from Young House Love
Photo from the portfolio of Kelly LaPlante
The last example is a bit extreme, since most of us would never consider adding a whole tree, but you get the idea. If you’re bored with a room and don’t have a whole lot of money to spend, pick up a cheap bouquet of fresh flowers from the supermarket or florist. You can do this for free if you happen to have a garden or a lot of wildflowers nearby. And a bunch of like-colored fruit in a bowl can always make a great centerpiece.
And don’t go thinking you need a fancy vase or pot to contain your greenery. An empty glass jar or bottle makes an excellent container, and you can even use a pretty mug or cup from your kitchen.
There is little else I can think of that will make a room feel more alive more quickly, easily or inexpensively.