Tall planters make a dramatic statement in the home or garden. They are more available than ever, too, because of a number of reasons. Advancement in the use of materials have made large planters more light weight and easy to transport, and new manufacturing techniques have lowered the prices on these great items. You may have added one or more tall planters to your deck, your contemporary garden furniture collection, or home. If so, you may have some decisions to make about what kind of furniture to place in those spaces. Here are some suggestions for choosing furniture that goes well with tall planters.
One strategy is to plan your furnishings as a contrast to tall planters. Most of the time, this type of planter will also have tall plants in them, such as palms, or topiaries with ivies growing through them. In these cases, don’t try to compete with the scale of the planting. Use it to define your area. Groupings of smaller armchairs, with a side table between them, will look cozy and welcoming. You will see this used in hotel lobbies, where the management wants to create gathering areas. The tall planters and greenery overarch the area, filtering light and reducing noise.
This can be a very effective technique in small spaces. You may think that a tall plant would be out of scale in a small room, but the key to getting the most out of your room is to use all of the available space. By drawing the eye upwards, you create a sense of volume in the room. Then, you can group your furniture beneath for a welcoming sitting or dining area.
If you have large rooms, then you can complement the size and presence of the planters with larger furniture. For example, in bedrooms, a four-poster bed flanked by tall fern trees in attractive vases will look very exotic.
In the den or media room, large sectionals and/or recliners will provide scale with the taller plants in the room.
On the deck, a bank of benches that also serve as retaining walls look great with tall planters framing them. The bulk of the benches complement the plants.
In general, just about any style of furniture will go with this type of planter. However, wicker and rattan look especially nice, when you are looking for contrasting furniture. This lends itself to a more outdoor atmosphere, and adds to the natural fee of the spaces.
For complementary furnishings, overstuffed, plush furnishings fit quite naturally with the aura created by tall plants and planters. It invites you to relax and feel the comfort in a secluded spot.
Furnishings with straight lines and rigid, metallic and glass construction should be paired with more modern styles of planters. There are beautiful obsidian or metal planters that can sport arrangements of unusual plants that would look nice with modern furniture. But, with more traditional furniture, fit the lines of the planters with the lines of the furniture.