Why we should be greening our interiors with plants

Green is definitely having a moment in design and architecture. Combining both artwork and decor; incorporating plants instantly livens, revives, and enhances the indoor space.

This trend works in every interior space, no matter its size, design or style. Integrating plants in your home, offices or shops not only propagates brighter moods and relaxation, but also brings down stress levels. Thriving, lush greens tend to add instant colour and glamour while also regulating humidity and filtering the air. They’re an inexpensive way to bring in nature to your doorstep.

Lately, plants have positioned themselves as an important element in interior design. Yet adopting plants in contemporary design proves to be a little challenging. Modern design seeks clean lines and minimalism; while nature tends to be untamed and overrun. Nonetheless, there are quite a few ways to integrate greenery indoors as a creative layer.

You could bring some of these plants indoors, on your window sills, table tops, shelves or corners and spaces with natural gaps. Plant them in simple, white stoneware, hand-woven baskets, hammered brass pots or even basic terra cotta.

Suspending these plants from the ceiling is another approach to displaying them. Hanging them at various different heights creates vertical interest in the room. Oversized glass baubles are the best options for such a design statement.

Also, layering plants in varying heights and sizes adds another dimension to the area. A cluster arrangement with an odd numbered group of plants tends to catch one’s interest as opposed to even numbered groups which create a symmetry.

Some plants which flourish in the Indian climate and grow well indoors are;

Fiddle Leaf Fig
Great leafy plants with a good growing height, this stunning indoor plant could be potted as a standalone plant in the room or in pairs. It makes spaces feel ‘younger and fresher’ and can work with a range of styles, from modern to chic. You could pot them in either showrooms, or offices or in bedrooms or living rooms of homes.

Snake Plant
Long angular striped leaves with a deep green and yellow colour, snake plants thrive in lower light interiors and are low maintenance. They have a dynamic vertical visual and pairs well with many other plants. They look good in homes in the dining area, living room or in foyers.

Succulents
With a large variety in colours and shapes, succulents are fun picks when you don’t want to over commit. They don’t need much water or sunlight, and can be planted in groups in either terracotta pots or cute pots or terrariums. Place them anywhere on your workstations in the office, or on window sills in homes or on countertops in showrooms.

English Ivy
An evergreen climbing vine, the english ivy looks great dangling from a shelf or potted in a plant or hanging from a pot. It helps filter the air and is relatively easy to care for. Due to its air filtering qualities, this plant not only works well in living rooms and bedrooms, but could also be potted on a window sill in your washroom.

Peace lily plant
A visually attractive plant, the peace lily looks delicate and works transitional, traditional or modern spaces. Easily adaptable, peace lily also cleanses the air and can be potted at multiple places, from the bedroom as a decorative plant, to the washroom to purify air. It works well both as a statement piece or as a decorative plant at the foyer of your home or arranged together with other plants.

Money plant
A fresh and colourful evergreen plant with green-yellow heart shaped leaves, the money plant is easy to grow, and sustains in low light. A common plant in Indian households, it filters the indoor air, and is even said to bring wealth, prosperity, and good luck. You could plant it in a terracotta pot or in a glass terrarium, or even hang it from a trellis

Some other indoor plants you can grow are;
Ferns, Aloe Vera, Lavender, Daracaena, Anthuriums, Grape Ivy, Azalea, Areca Palm, Indian Basil, Spider plant, Weeping fig.

Well chosen plants, artfully displayed could complement the space, and accentuate your existing furniture. But most importantly, keep it light.

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