DIY Home Decor

Indoor Plants: Interior Design 101

June 27, 2016
indoor plants

Welcome to a brand new CoContest week, folks – today on Interior Design 101, after last session’s brilliant and interesting take on the ins and outs of stylish storage, we’ll be diving in to the all-important, ultra-crucial and effortlessly satisfying art of employing indoor plants in the home. Read on for fabulously frondescent interior inspirations!

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via Thom Filicia

Why add plants to your interior?

As well as looking simply delightful within your home, plants also have many beneficial qualities, consequently providing your dwelling with an advantageous harmony. Some benefits include:

  • Indoor plants help with breathing. As a natural process, our bodies take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. The plants foliage will take that undesirable carbon dioxide, while transforming it into oxygen that improves your room’s air quality.
  • Plants purify the air. According to NASA, plants remove up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours. This means they are perfect if you want your home’s air toxin-free, therefore contributing to a more comfortable interior.
  • Foliage and greenery increase humidity. During the photosynthesis process, plants release moisture into the air. This is brilliant in increasing your dwelling’s humidity, while also improving the quality of the ambience and atmosphere in the room.
  • Rooms with plants improve your focus. Do you concentrate better when surrounded by plants? The Royal College of Agriculture in Circencester, England thinks so! According to one of their studies, students demonstrated a 70 percent higher diligence when taught or lectured in rooms containing plants.
  • Indoor plants enhance your health. As if indoor plants couldn’t possibly offer any additional benefits, it has been studied that they improve your health as well. Plants can decreases fatigue, colds, headaches, coughs, sore throats and flu-like symptoms, while giving your interior an earthy and organic aesthetic.

Like the look of the plant-filled interior above? Check it out via Thom Filicia.

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via Mel Yates

Choosing types and varieties

Where does one begin when choosing a plant for an interior space? Take some cues from the fabulous example above, and get creative with several different types, while creating an interesting and unique ambience.

Some of the best plant varieties include:

  • Philodendrons.
  • Boston ferns (Nephrolepis exaltata).
  • Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum).
  • Dragon trees (Dracaena marginata).
  • Snake plants (Sansevieria trifasciata).
  • Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum).
  • As well as a range of cacti and succulents.

To ensure you are picking something that suits your interior lighting, while also growing successfully, chat to a professional at your local nursery.

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via Centered by Design

Working plants into your interior scheme

The best way to work indoor plants into your home’s scheme is to add them one by one, until you reach your desired aesthetic. Look for stylish planters, in addition to any neat DIY projects you may have in mind. There really are no hard or fast rules when it come to incorporating indoor plants, simply use your imagination, while working with the different spacial elements in your room.

If you need a little inspiration, we adore this room by Centered by Design, check it out here.

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via Maureen Stevens

Looking for something low maintenance? 

Want that indoor plant aesthetic without all of the hassle of maintaining it? Consider a low maintenance, fuss free approach with wild wallpaper. Additionally, cacti and succulents can provide an easy solution, while still giving that beautiful lively ambience and aura. In the image above we see a wonderful green wallpaper that brings life and verve to the room, consequently imparting energy and vivacity.

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via Per Jansson

Placement and situation

Placing your house plants is key to ensuring they live a long life. Avoid hot windowsills, while keeping them in an area that receives enough sunlight. The position of you indoor plants will vary depending on the variety, therefore you will want to read up on your particular plant, and keep it in a suitable space.

Furthermore, you can look at different types of planters, including hanging types, which look effortlessly stylish. Take some cues from this gorgeous example above, and add plants to give your neutral interior a burst of colour and life.

Hope you enjoyed that one! May all your interiors be frodescently fabulous, while wonderfully purified. See you next Monday for more neat interior tips and tricks.

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