Indoor plants: bringing the green inside

I’m a massive fan of indoor plants, providing they are cared for and thrive.  I preach their many benefits to all and sundry, so why not post about it I say, along with some pretty pictures of course. There are so many reasons why greenery should be brought indoors, and before I get on to all the benefits from a ‘visual’ perspective let’s for a moment consider the health benefits.   I found this great post at on Life and Livingness – by Tom that lists 6 Air Purifying House Plants.

Among them are the Snake Plant – great for bedrooms as it helps to maintain a healthy amount of oxygen near you whilst you sleep.  Also great for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products.           

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The Gerber daisy will thrive in your laundry or bedroom, and is great for filtering out the benzene that comes with inks.

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The Areca Palm – great for living rooms, as it is an excellent air humidifier, removes Carbon Dioxide and toxins from the air.

The Peace Lily, one of my favourites, is known for removing mold spores, so great in the bathroom or laundry.

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Ok, so on to the ‘aesthetics’.  I hear so often, comments such as ‘I know my house/room needs something, but I just don’t know what’, or ‘I just don’t know what to put in the corner!’.  There might be many reasons, from a design perspective, for these comments, but more often than not, a gorgeous plant of some description, be it Palm, Fiddleleaf Fig, Cactus or any other variety in a gorgeous pot will add some personality and life to the space.

Plants add height to a room.  They offer something that will draw the eye up.  A room full of furniture all at the same height can be ho-hum.  Hence the use of artwork, mirrors, floor lamps and plants, to not only add colour, texture, light and movement, but to also allow the eye to travel across a room at varying heights – creating interest.  

In the image below, (and yes, I would be happy to take any one of the elements, on it’s own), see how by adding the Fiddle Leaf Fig the eye is drawn up, past the height of the light fixture, and you notice the incredible height of the ceiling.  The Fig is enhanced by the gorgeous sheers and louvers behind, and all the patterns and textures work together to create a balanced and harmonious space.  The plant is juxtapositioned perfectly against the sculptural lighting fixture and in a very clever way accentuates the void of space up towards the ceiling.  No question, this would still be a stunning room, without the Fiddle Leaf Fig, but it is all the better for it.

A plant can also offer a sculptural element to a room.  

The Cactus in the picture below works perfectly with the other elements in the space – the mid-century furniture, the sculptural shape of the drop pendants, and the ethnic basket ware and rug.  The wall colour and texture make the Cactus, lighting and furniture pop.  There is enough interest created in this space, purely by these elements alone.

Plants can be used to create symmetry in a room.

In the images below symmetrical balance is achieved with the same plants, both in species, size and visual weight on either side of the room.  In the first and last picture, the plants are placed either side of the focal point of the room (the paintings and fireplace). In the  second picture the plants are placed either side of the couch, leading the eye to the window and beyond. In all pictures, the plants are used to create a comfortable, balanced setting.

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Plants can be used to add interest to an otherwise ordinary wall/space.

The wall garden is certainly becoming a popular feature in and outside the home, whether it be outside surrounding a decked area, or inside and used in the kitchen for herbs or as a wall feature in a larger space.  Whatever the intended use, the wall garden will add life, colour, movement and interest to the space.

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And there is always the option to go all out. This might be where I’m headed.

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I think you get the idea.  Better go water my Howea forsterianas and Spathiphyllum cochlearispathum.

Enjoy!

Lisa x

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