Indoor olive tree with vintage black leather chair and checkerboard floor on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Bolig Magazine)

While I’ve loved seeing (and using) fiddle leaf figs in design projects with their big glossy leaves, I’m ready to see some more statement plant options – and it seems we have an exciting newcomer to the scene. The indoor olive tree has sprung up all over my Pinterest feed, and it’s always been a favorite since we had one in a terracotta pot in our living room for many years. Sadly, it passed away last year, but I’d love to replace it because olive trees have such versatile dusty green leaves that complement so many color palettes. You’ll find it works really well with neutral living spaces, injecting just enough ‘living’ color to bring the room to life. It’s also frequently paired with a wicker basket cachepot, giving it a laid-back look. Possibly the best reason to bring an olive tree indoors is the hint of Mediterranean sun it brings to a room, inviting visions of the European coastline… I also discovered that they can be pretty easy to care for – this article on Apartment Therapy gives a thorough breakdown of what’s required. Find my favorite spaces featuring this up-and-comer below!

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Indoor olive tree in white living room on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Brown Design Inc.)

Indoor olive tree with vintage cabinet eclectic style on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Bolig Magazine)

Indoor olive tree modern desk styling on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via ES Furniture)

Indoor olive tree plant trend on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Heather Bullard on Instagram)

Indoor olive tree in traditional living room on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Bruce Budd)

Indoor olive tree in Nate Berkus' entry on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Architectural Digest)

Indoor olive tree with wicker basket in neutral living room on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via How to Decorate)

Indoor olive tree in Scandinavian sun room on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Lotta Sultan)

Do you think indoor olive trees could be the next fiddle leaf fig?


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  1. Amy Solomon Mohr wrote:

    What is the scientific name please. Thanks

    Posted 4.10.17 Reply
  2. Hannah Warren wrote:

    love these!! after a few years…i successfully killed my fiddle fig…so maybe i’ll give this beauty a try!! love your blog by the way!

    Posted 3.11.17 Reply
  3. Ren Pine wrote:

    Can I find olive trees any local garden store? Did you order yours online?

    Posted 3.2.17 Reply
  4. Jo wrote:

    Yes ballards has them in 3 sizes one of the blogs I follow has a great diy for one. It’s the new it item in decorating

    Posted 2.10.17 Reply