As London continues to build up, having an outdoor space is becoming more of a rarity and apartments with terraces or balconies are quickly being snapped up. 2017 is the year of green, with Pantone, the authority on colour having chosen ‘Greenery’ as the colour of the year. Having created a buzz in the interior industry, decorating your home with foliage is now the latest trend, and plant posts on social media are taking over #foodporn.
Filling your home with flowers and plants is not only a wonderful way to enhance your interiors and act as an alternative when your property lacks outdoor space, but it also reaps incredible health benefits. Plants not only reduce carbon dioxide levels, pollutants and airborne dust levels, but they also increase humidity and lower background noise. These factors can help improve sleep and decrease the risk of getting ill, boosting your overall quality of life.
So how do you create the perfect balance of flora and fauna inside your home? Varieties of potted plants arranged in thoughtful ways can create a beautiful ambience and bring a real sense of nature into the heart of the home.
As the living room and dining area are usually larger in scale than other rooms, tall and bold plants are ideal to incorporate. Plants like Ferns and Palms can be displayed to create a focal point in a room or hide unsightly features like wires, plug sockets when planted in a statement pot. More intimate arrangements on coffee, dining and side tables can see groups of smaller plants with contrasting scales come together to create decorative centrepieces. Mantels and fireplaces are excellent spots to place individual plants mixed with ornaments. If a fireplace is not in use a plant that matches the frame of the opening adds an elegant touch.
The best plants to use in these spaces should be small and practical, as shelving and counter top space are imperative for storage and other purposes. In the kitchen, an obvious choice is a selection of culinary herbs for practical use.
A possible choice for the bathroom is Aloe Vera; its sap can be used to treat sunburn and insect bites.
As kitchens and bathrooms are both warm and high in humidity, it is also a good idea to look for plants that can cope with these conditions, therefore succulents and moth orchids are a great choice.
Bedrooms are a sanctuary and plants which can enhance our personal space with added health benefits are varied. When arranged in creative ways, hanging Ivy and cascading Vines over windows or cupboard tops have a lovely effect, while Gardenia, Lavender, Jasmine and Snake Plant are wonderful to keep on a bedside table as they are proven to have a sleep inducing qualities.
Most importantly, when considering plants for different indoor spaces, take into consideration the light and temperature requirements of the plant to ensure it lives a long life.
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