Plants enable us to have a living decor that not only looks absolutely gorgeous, but one that helps us breathe better and feel better too.
Did you know that having plants in your home is known to mildly detoxify the space, help minimise indoor air pollution, reduce your risk of illnesses caused by dust, boost your mood and even help with speedy healing when you are unwell?
As if that wasn’t enough to convince you to hot foot it down to your nearest garden centre, plants are also a huge reminder of nature and the planet, something two thirds of Britons are genuinely concerned about now.
With so many great reasons to include flora and fauna in your home, you probably want to know more about how to include plants in your decor.
Here are some simple and easy ways to decorate your home with plants:
HANG PLANTS UP
Often plants can clog up window ledges blocking the light and creating a cluttered feel. Be more creative with how you place plants and consider buying some hanging plants for your indoor space. The greenery flows and cascades down creating a stunning, natural feature that is easy to take care of.
This hanging cactus adds visual interest at eye-level.
POTS ADDS AN EXTRA DIMENSION TO PLANT DECORATION
The plant is important, but the pot can be the star of the show. A brightly coloured pot can bring a tropical or beachy vibe to any room. Metal pots can bring a more sophisticated and glamorous tone to an aesthetic, or plain whites, blacks and greys are a great option if you want a smarter, cleaner look. You might even want to experiment with cool plant stands which can make even more of a feature of a plant. You can find some great ideas for plant stands in this 2019 newspaper article.
BRING THE OUTDOORS IN
By using plants you are already using some element of the ‘outdoors in’ theme, but you can push that theme even further. Either side of gorgeous bifold doors, place similar plants to seamlessly integrate your garden with the inside of your house. French doors also create the ultimate ‘outside in’ theme and you can get inspired by the range of designs from Vufold.
Try to mix the height of your plants so that they are a natural ‘group’. Group sizes will ideally be in uneven numbers to create more visual interest.
WHAT ABOUT EDIBLE PLANTS?
Herbs and small potted vegetables and fruits can look beautiful and provide some delicious homegrown wares. Consider growing herbs, fruits and veggies that you use a lot, such as basil, lemons, chillies and lettuce. All are easy to grow and can be confined to small spaces.
COULD MOSS BE THE WAY TO ADD GREEN TO YOUR DECOR?
Moss is a wonderful way to add greenery to your home, particularly if you fancy a terrarium or living wall. It often needs minimal help to thrive, so you can gain all the benefits without having to worry about it dying. You can find out more about creating your own indoor living wall here.
KEEP PLANT CARE WITHIN YOUR MEANS
If you’re somebody with little time, energy or want to care for a plant, a bonsai isn’t going to be for you. Do try and look past how a plant looks and focus instead on how it is cared for and the environment it needs to be in to thrive. You don’t want to spend a ton of money on a plant that will die quickly in the spot you have designated for it. Nor do you want to feel bad letting endless plants pass away at your hand, because you simply don’t have the want to care for it. Instead, peruse plants that suit both the place you want to put them, and the time you want to put into them.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO CREATE A SPACE FOR PLANTS
If you look around your home and wonder where you would even find the space for plants, don’t worry, you can easily create space. If hanging plants aren’t your thing, what about adding some simple shelving specifically for some plant pots? The plants in this picture are aesthetically pleasing because of the way they are displayed on the shelf and are able to hang and lay on the shelf.
“My relationship to plants becomes closer and closer. They make me quiet; I like to be in their company.” – Peter Zumthor
Culture a healthier and happier environment at home by decorating it with plants.
Plants in your home are the ultimate accessory because they aren’t just aesthetically pleasing, they can genuinely help your mental and physical health, culturing a nurturing and supportive home decor and environment, for very little financial investment or decorative effort.