The spring collections for this year are full of floral prints and tropical leafy patterns, which mix beautifully with the season’s pastels and metallic brights. The latest design palettes are great for updating the décor in your home… but nothing quite beats the benefits of adding actual plants and flowers into your home!
You cannot deny the fact that potted growing plants provide a range of physical and mental health benefits to the occupants in your home. These include:
- Plants help fight pollutants in your home – including harmful gases. The best plants for this are asparagus fern, ivy and rubber plants.
- It’s been proven that plants make you happy and reduce stress and depression!
- Plants help to control the humidity in your home – too little humidity can lead to increased likelihood of viral infections.
One of the main reasons we tend to add plants and flowers to our homes is for the visual attraction. Whether you opt for scented flowers such as Jasmine, visually attractive species such as Orchids or the simplicity and attraction of potted ferns, these plants all create visual interest and beauty, whichever room they adorn.
But there are other design elements you get from adding plants and flowers to your home. One of the basic elements of design is that of adding and layering texture – and plants provide an easy opportunity for us to do this. You may opt to update your décor with one of this seasons floral or green leaf style prints – adding plants will instantly add a 3D element to that design AND add an additional texture to an otherwise potentially flat pattern.
Plants are also great to fill space that may otherwise be empty. Whether it’s a corner on your landing or an otherwise cold area in your conservatory, adding plants will help bring the area to life AND add texture to the overall design in the rest of the room.
When designing your overall layout for indoor plants, you have to take into account the position of the plants – not just in terms of aesthetics, but also the suitability of the plant for that area. Does it need more light? Is it in an area that will dry it out too fast? Will you actually be able to reach it to water it?
Before you go buying the best looking plants for your home, it’s important that you check their actually suitability – especially if you have pets and/or children!
Lilies look amazing – but their pollen can stain AND it’s poisonous to dogs and cats if they brush up against it and subsequently lick it off their fur. Chrysanthemums and Spider Plants can cause skin irritations in dogs, whilst Azaleas are toxic to both cats and dogs.
If you have small children you are best avoiding any plant that has berries (such as Holly, Yew Tree berries and Ivy) – as children are great at putting them in their mouths when they shouldn’t! Hellebores and primroses can also cause skin irritations such as dermatitis and eczema in children if touched too.
Plants are an integral part of the overall design and theme of your home, however you need to check both their position and suitability before you buy them – to ensure you are providing both a great design feature AND something you won’t regret buying later.
What are your favourite plant ideas for interior design? Do you prefer fresh flowers or potted flowering or green plants? Why not share your thoughts and ideas for perfect (and easy to maintain!) indoor plants in the comments box below?
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