Antique botanicals are so charming, and they’re the perfect choice for everything from filling a big, blank wall to lining a hallway. Come see how they changed our family room and where to find them!
I know some of you follow me on Instagram, and if you do, you probably saw that I had recently acquired some antique botanicals and had them framed and hung in the family room. But I realized for those of you who aren’t on Instagram, you had never seen the new additions!
Just to go back a little, I fell in love with antique botanicals a few years ago. And I fell hard! This was the first photo that really had me wanting them…
I love everything about this! Via Southern Living.
And then my friend Loi Thai shared this magnificence, and I was even more smitten!
But the photo that really cemented the idea in my mind, was this breakfast room below by Lisa Luby Ryan.
I actually wrote a post all about my obsession two years ago. And yes, it’s taken me two years to find them! And all the while, my family room had a big, blank wall! You see, the true antique botanicals can be very expensive, so just finding them took awhile. I really didn’t want reproductions, and I didn’t want to pay several hundred a piece either.
Though I will say, some of the repros I’ve seen now are quite nice and definitely give a similar look – and they don’t take two years to acquire! Anyway, I finally found mine about a year ago, and embarrassing to admit, they sat for a whole year before I finally got them framed and hung!
And here they are! I am over the moon excited about how they turned out! I’ve framed a lot of art in my time, and to be honest, it does not always turn out how I’d planned.
I wanted a frame that looked vintage and this one has a great patina. It doesn’t look completely antique, but it comes close. It has small imperfections and dents and dings, and the gold is the perfect shade.
It’s quite a long wall over the sofa on that side, and it needed either a very large piece of art or a grouping like this. A definite benefit to going with a grouping is if I ever move, they can be used anywhere in another house. Whereas, one large piece of art is a big investment and may not fit in another home.
These could easily be split up, using some in a bedroom and some in a bathroom, or group them along a hallway (love that look!)
They’ve really added so much to the room! It made me wish I hadn’t dragged my feet for so long! 😉
So though I am hardly a patient person (my husband can confirm this for you), in this case, my patience really did pay off (or procrastination, haha!) I am so happy with the result and can’t wait to finally finish this room completely!
While shopping around, I was amazed at the nice reproductions I’ve found! In fact, had really nice reproductions been around when I was looking, I probably would have gone with those!
I’ve linked some of the better ones below, as well as some vintage ones. And if you’re interested in only antiques, I would suggest starting on Etsy as there are a ton of vendors selling authentic ones. Just bear in mind that you might spend more on the frames than the art! And this seller on Etsy has some of the prettiest ones I’ve ever seen!
Antique Botanical Resource List
*affiliate links included for your convenience*