Benefits of plants in the home
Not only do plants add to the decor of your home, but they can also be quite beneficial to your health. Because they add oxygen, they can increase concentration and productivity. This is handy to remember when setting up your home workspace, and make plants a great addition to any home office. Plants can also be used within a space to act as air purifiers. Common plants that are used for air purification are Spider plants, Peace Lily, Bamboo Palm, Boston Fern, Aloe Vera, and Snake plants.
Plants also tend to contribute to a peaceful and serene environment. It is very common to have several plants in each room of the home. The more plants and greenery, the greater visual beauty they can create.
Hanging plants are a great way to save space and create an eye-catching display with a degree of depth added to your home's decor and atmosphere. These are a perfect choice if you live in an apartment or unit block.
Hanging plants are easy to maintain, in particular the succulents and cacti varieties. These plant styles are perfect for minimalist and bohemian-inspired spaces. Minimalist fashion designers are even incorporating these plants into their marketing campaigns. They give off a chic, simple vibe that requires little attention.
They can be hung a number of ways; the most common hangers are as a geometric form, mixed pots and bright and bold. Let’s look more closely at all these styles:
Geometric pot plants
They come in a variety of sizes and can be hung from the ceiling or a beam. Another option is to attach them to the wall as an indoor vertical garden, either nailed or with a magnet or suction cup.
Mix and match pot plants
Here, a variety of different shapes, sizes and styles can be used to create maximum effect. However, this style is best where there is plenty of space; in tight areas, it can look cluttered and a “little messy”.
Bright and bold pot plants
These are probably the most dynamic, as the bright colours and striking patterns, can really make a statement. These are normally made out of enamel or similar substance.
Balinese-inspired interior gardens
Spoil yourself with some relaxation and serenity by incorporating a Balinese inspired aspect to your interior garden. An excellent way to achieve this look, is by incorporating bold pops of colour, tropical flowers and pieces of spiritual inspired art.
As space may be an issue here, look for miniature or dwarf plants that have that Balinese feel. These include Bonsai plants, Bamboo and Sago Palms or Cycads. These individually or together will create a tropical landscape that will do wonders for a room or bigger indoor area.
Balinese inspired gardens generally consist of a fountain with lotus flowers drifting along a flow of water which creates a serene and almost meditative experience. You can find miniature versions of these types of fountains for the inside of your home at various local department and decor stores.
Our favourite indoor plant picks
If you are looking for plants that are simple but effective, consider placing low maintenance individual plants around common areas of the home. These include the kitchen and lounge/dining areas. Pothos and Aloe plants are our top picks to create beauty and tranquility in your home.
Pothos is an indoor houseplant that can produce stems that trail 8 feet or longer. For maintenance, simply trim the stems back every so often and your plant will continue to look full and healthy.
Aloe prefers harsh temperatures and a lot of sunlight. Aloe Vera is one of the easiest plants to grow as the plant prefers dry soil, with a cacti potting mix base. Therefore, it is advised to avoid frequent watering in order to properly care for your new aloe plant. This plant is great near big window areas or sparse corners.
Having green flourishing plants around the home could enrich your health in more ways than one. The colour green, has the ability to reduce stress levels and increase overall focus and awareness.
Hot tip: Make sure to place your plants near a window for indirect sunlight and ventilation to maintain the health of your interior gardening efforts. Although they won’t need a great deal of care, they will still need to have dead leaves removed to maintain a tidy appearance.
Keep your plants, mind and home feeling healthy this year with some of our inspired indoor plant decor ideas! The ability to bring your outdoor garden inside is not a new idea, but it will never go out of fashion.
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