Bringing greenery into your home is no longer just the year’s hottest decorating trend; it is good for you. Experts have long raved about the benefits of nature to humankind and in recent years, just how much indoor plants can improve your mental and physical health. In a NASA led research, indoor plants were shown to remove up to 87 percent of air toxins within 24 hours. Indoor plants have also been linked to improved productivity and reduced stress levels- making an even stronger case to invest in a houseplant or two. Yet, for those new to the gardening world, adding greenery to their home can feel daunting and confusing. If you are wishing you had a garden or longing to start a small scale gardening project but have no space outdoors, adding some indoor plants to your home could be the perfect answer.
Capitalize On Open Shelving
Open shelving is the perfect pastoral for your new houseplants. Not only does it give a clear and unhindered view of the plant, but it also provides space for it to grow. The key to it lies in achieving the perfect mix with other pieces in your room. Adding your plant onto a shelf with prints or ornaments can add texture and diversity to an otherwise plain shelf. Resist the urge to fill your shelves with just houseplants and overwhelm the design of the room.
Pick The Best Spot
Gardening is on the rise but not everyone can have the garden of their dreams. You can, however, create your own oasis in your living room using some of the same principles. Plants thrive in sunlight and, with adequate space to grow. Therefore, when choosing a spot to plant your indoor plant, think of where the best natural light is in the room.
Add Interest With Different Varieties And Planters
Another great tip is to choose a few different varieties of greenery to add interest. Mix nonflowering and easy to care for indoor plants like Pothos Ivy or the Spider Plant with a Geraniums, Hibiscuses, and other blooming greenery and houseplants that can add color and another texture to your indoor greenery. If you find it overwhelming to choose from all the different varieties of indoor plants, start small with something like starting a kitchen herb garden. It is small and manageable for beginners, adds greenery to your kitchen and you will find it much easier to choose between regularly used herbs as a starting point.
To add further appeal to your indoor plants, get creative with the planters you choose. Instead of traditional planters, opt for unique vessels as planters such as using your old cups or reusing tin containers as planters. One quick search online and you can find hundreds of ideas for DIY planters including tips on transforming old household items into planters with the help of some fresh paint.
Finally, if you are new to gardening or want to ease into indoor plants, opt for a few low maintenance houseplants to start with like the Chinese Evergreen, the Snake Plant or the Clivia for those that live in colder climates. Most of these plants can survive year-round weather including winter and require little care but still possess exquisite beauty. Many houseplants benefit from higher room temperatures. Just ensure that they are not placed too close to the vents of your 1 stage or 2 stage furnace. This way you can still enjoy the beauty and benefits of nature, in your home.
Whether you want to join the latest interior decorating trend or wish to expand your love of nature to your home, make sure you do your research, start off with low maintenance houseplants, and feel free to add variety. Just like cultivating your own garden, bringing your love of greenery indoors is the perfect opportunity to display you and your home’s personality.