As many of today's hottest decorating trends prove, simple does not mean plain. Take the latest look in artful arrangements: Moss is stunning in its simplicity. What's more, it is as easy to work with as it is easy on the eyes.

Maybe your green thumb is not-so-green. Maybe you shudder at the words “floral design.” Moss—one of today's hottest decorating trends—comes to your rescue. We're seeing it everywhere and thought we would share a little inspiration and information with our readers. To begin, a recent walk through Restoration Hardware provides plenty of moss-based inspiration.

Oh, moss. You’re green. You’re gorgeous. And you are oh, so easy to care for.

Perserved moss will keep it's pretty green hue, unlike live moss which may turn brown after a few weeks. Additionally, preserved moss does not require water. Yes, you heard that correctly...no water. These fun spheres are available at Restoration Hardware.

 

If you prefer the au naturale variety, here is a few of my favorite types:

Mood moss is chunky and thick. Much of the moss we get in Utah comes from the dense Pacific Northwest forests.

Sheet moss is exactly what is says it is: a sheet of moss. It easily tears apart for use.

Reindeer moss is my favorite. It's pricey, but using it sparingly is okay becuase it's chartruese color really pops when used with the darker green mosses.

 

You can get moss at Ward & Child and Cactus & Tropicals or craft stores likeHobby Lobby or Micheal's.

The benefit to buying them from garden boutiques like Ward & Child or Cactus & Tropicals is you can ask the associates how they like to use the moss. Some designers like to use it wet, others don't.

When working with orchids plants, I prefer keeping the moss damp—but not too wet—to keep the orchids hydrated in our desert heat. If working with moss on it's own, I would keep it dry and change out the moss once it's turns brown. 

Have you worked with moss before? If so, how do you like using it?

This post was originally published on utahstyleanddesign.com.