The shelter is a basic need. Therefore, the roof over your head is one of the most important aspects of daily living. The only drawback with this model is separation from nature. Nature exposure forms a crucial part of our overall well-being, so some exposure to it is vital. That is why one of the best workarounds to compromising between the need for shelter and time in nature is the addition of plants to your interior spaces.
If the past two years have taught us anything, it is that your home’s atmosphere is significant in maintaining your good health. Additionally, enforced lockdowns have also created a new appreciation for the outdoors, thus creating a culture where we incorporate nature into the home in case you were to have no choice but to stay at home for extended periods. While this concept was well known, there has also been a collective acknowledgement of the added benefits of plants in the house since then. Chief among them is the added visual appeal.
Plants are versatile. So, not only do they add vibrancy and colour to your home, but they are also very adaptable to the size and style of your property. Therefore, selecting the right plants means establishing the mood and feel you want to bring to life. Moreover, you have to consider how much space you have, the level and intensity of natural light you receive and the seasonal patterns prevalent in your area.
No matter your plans for plant incorporation here is a breakdown of the best plants to style each room of your home.
The living room is often the primary space in a home. It is not only where you and your family will spend time relaxing together, but it is also where your guests will experience your hospitality. Therefore, of all the rooms, this is the ideal place for a bold statement plant.
Large living rooms have more space and thus can better accommodate larger plants. If your living room gets ample sunlight, you can opt for the striking Bird of Paradise to create a dazzling tropical theme. Alternatively, you can go with a Fiddle-Leaf Fig. This popular plant does best near a window but with indirect sunlight. In addition, you can place a medium-sized plant next to a sofa for a more inviting and homely aesthetic.
On the other hand, smaller living rooms benefit from a different variety of plant additions. For example, the Snake Plant has clean straight lines that create an impression of a clutter-free space. Moreover, having limited space often requires you to use tabletops as plant holders. Therefore, if you use this option, it is best to opt for a vase, jug or jar that holds a smaller plant. Finally, place the containment vessel over a stack of books for a more contemporary feel.
Finally, remember that even a little can go a long way; thus, a plant like the Elephant-eared Monstera can provide just as satisfactory a feeling as one with an abundance of bloom.
The kitchen has special significance in any home. Consequently, the addition of plants in this area can produce a particularly potent emotional attachment. Like many others, you can opt for the more traditional addition of fragrant herb plants like mint, basil and rosemary. These provide a practical and easily achievable method of elevating a kitchen’s look and feel. Not to mention the additional benefit of heavenly scents.
Adding plants in the kitchen takes a lot of forms, from the simple mason jar on the windowsill to the elaborate planter box in an area with lots of light.
Putting plants in a bathroom may seem excessive, but their positive effect is undeniable. The best options for these areas are low maintenance succulents that neatly fit on a vanity corner or windowsill without making the space feel cluttered. However, you can also use ferns in larger bathrooms. Again, the space will benefit their growth while the humidity allows them to thrive.
Create interest in your home’s décor using cascading plants on bookshelves. Draping these plant types on shelves generates a pleasing contrast to the predominant straight lines. Thus creating a warm, inviting atmosphere.