Antler Envy: Staghorn Ferns in Decor

Last week, I showed you the process for mounting a staghorn fern. But just in case I didn't sell you on how cool these guys really are — or perhaps you like them, but are unsure how to incorporate them into your decor — I thought I'd share with you some examples of how this unusual plant can work in any space.

Whether or not you want your platycerium to be the focal point of your room is up to you…sort of. These ferns can get unusually large (see photo 8) — combined with their unique profile — and it might be a little hard to keep them at wallflower status. Photos 10, 11, and 13 are perfect examples of how they can add life to the room without stealing the show. That said, it's quite evident that this plant demands to be the center of attention. In photo 4, you have a sweet little bedroom that's not burdened by bulky furniture, including a headboard. In this case, your eyes are automatically drawn to the staghorn fern, which becomes the focal piece above the bed. The same can be said for photo 3, where the brick chimney is the perfect backdrop to highlight this unruly fern.

Want to go all out? Mount them in groups. Photos 2 and 7 are powerful examples of this plant in multiples — as powerful (if not more so) than an arrangement of black and white photos or a carefully curated art collection. If a sense of humor is important to you or your decor (photos 5 & 6), then there's no reason to be shy. Throw on a pair of naturally shed antlers and you've got yourself quite a statement piece, with no animals being harmed in the process (and one that I'm sure will be the topic of conversation at your next dinner party)!

It's obvious that I'm quite smitten with this lovely fern, so I bid you to go ahead and give it a try. Regardless of your green thumb, the staghorn fern is actually quite easy to maintain. If your considering one for your home but unsure where to put it, I'd recommend the kitchen or bathroom if you have ample light, since these guys love their humidity.

Images: 1: Design Sponge; 2: Domino Magazine; 3: Compulsively Compiled; 4: Design Sponge; 5 & 6: Desire to Inspire; 7: The Man of Style; 8: Martha Moments; 9: Small Stump; 10: Design Sponge; 11: Design Sponge; 12: Apartment 46; 13: Julius Shulman via Eye on Design by Dan Gregory; 14: Houston Chronicle; 15: Apartment Therapy San Francisco

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