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Interior decorating could be defined as arranging the interiors of our home in a way that is both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable at the same time. While modern design gravitates more towards clean lines and minimalism, we cannot ignore how much the outdoors influence the look and feel of the indoors. For example, the use of leather, faux leather, animal prints, the use of wood and stone for floors and furniture are all ways of amalgamating the indoors with the outdoors. Here’s a look at how to integrate interior decorating with plants to harmoniously bring the outdoors in.
Indoor plants are a great way to add a breath of life, freshness, and color to a living space. This makes them great choices to fill up empty spaces. We’ll discuss different ways you could display houseplants to add beauty to your home. We’ll also take a look at which house plants and indoor trees will make great additions to your home while being easy to care for even if you don’t have a green thumb.
1. House Plants for Large Spaces
House trees are great ways to give large living rooms a tropical flavor. Fiddle leaf figs are a great example of such plants. Known for their large leathery leaves, these plants have a commanding presence when placed around windows or in room corners.
The fact that they don’t have more than 20 to 30 leaves makes these plants easy to maintain while not being visually overwhelming. Fiddle leaf figs look gorgeous in both woven pots as well as large ceramic pots, depending on the decor in the rest of the house.
Elephant’s ear is another indoor plant that is perfect for large rooms and high ceilings. They draw the eye because of the size of their leaves, which can measure anywhere between 2 meters to 4 meters in height. Elephant ear plants look stunning with black and white backgrounds as well as with yellow highlights.
Dracaena is a large indoor palm-like plant that a lot of people, especially in colder climes, love to bring indoors to give them the feeling of warm summers.
2. Plants That Are Easy to Maintain
Among the easiest plants to maintain in the snake plant. This beautiful plant is easily recognizable due to its striking and heavily variegated leaves. Snake plants bring out the best in both brightly lit as well as dimly lit spaces. They are best displayed in geometric planters.
Cacti and succulents come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Considering their desert origins, these plants require very little care to keep alive. Smaller cacti can adorn tabletops in small pots, while large cacti are stunning additions to any empty corner in woven baskets with earthy tones.
The linear shape of cacti and succulents makes them a favorite for modern interior design.
Aloes are other low maintenance plants that make great additions to tabletops.
3. Hanging Plants
Some plants look beautiful when they’re hung from above in pots and planters. The Boston fern is one such plant that, when hung from a pot off the rafters, gives us the illusion of flowing water.
Indoor vines are another species that adorn the walls of homes exquisitely when hung from above. Ivy, jasmine, arrowhead plant, and creeping fig are all examples of easily growable indoor vines.
A winning combination of form and function is to set up a hanging herb garden on your kitchen wall. Just make sure you have sufficient natural and ventilation for your herbs to thrive.
Herbs, ferns, and aloes can also be hung from rails on your kitchen window to beautify your kitchen interiors.
Air plants from the Tillandsia family do not require soil to live or grow and can be hung off your ceiling or off rails in anything from empty bulbs to even upside down from a thread off your roof.
4. Plants That Improve Air Quality
Some green plants, in addition to making your home interiors more beautiful, also improve the air quality inside your home.
Aloe vera, areca palm, elephant ear philodendron, bamboo, and English ivy are examples of plants that are known to improve indoor air quality.
5. Plants That Add Color and Scent to Your Home
Some plants brighten up any room they’re placed in with the added advantage of aromatherapy. We’re talking about blooming or flowering plants.
Orchids are a favorite of many interior designers because of their bright tones and engaging structures.
Other popular indoor blooming plants include the African violet, Brazillian fireworks, hibiscus, and Ixora.
A simple time saving, inexpensive way to add color and fragrance to any room is to simply procure seasonal cut flowers and arrange them in a beautiful vase. Placed on any table, these are sure to add life to their surroundings.
Benefits of Using Plants for Interior Decoration
The benefits of using plants for interior decoration go beyond just cosmetic embellishments. Here are some additional reasons to convince you to go green the next time you’re changing the look and feel of your home.
- Having indoor plants reduces stress and fatigue.
- They also help in reducing instances of cold and sore throats.
- They clean indoor air and increase oxygen levels.
- Indoor plants are known to boost creativity, positivity and productivity. They’re natural mood enhancers.