Designing houses has always been my area of interest, small house, low budget or the need for luxurious interiors- there is a design solution for all!
Having a house of your own is always a big dream! And where every square feet is so expensive ‘greens’ just fall off the desk. Can we still make some space for a few green elements in our compact urban houses?
The benefits they confer should make us consider them a necessity rather than objects of décor. If you need convincing, here are some of the ways we can bring plants indoors.
- Vertical gardens: Stacking up the plants utilizes lesser floor space and cuts down the glare from the Sun giving a soothing effect and adding to the aesthetics of the space.
- Bonsai gardens: Stacking up some bonsai plants on a rustic or painted wooden rack will add to the beauty of the space.
- Air purifying plants: There are a number of plants that are not only lush and soothing but also help purify air. All of this with little maintenance!
Spider plant, bamboo palm, Aloe vera, weeping fig: These plants can be stacked in the terrace or as a stand-alone in the living room against a solid neutral coloured background.
- Hanging plants: Plants like Deliciosa, rabbit foot fern or the very common ‘money plant’ can also be used to achieve partial visual connectivity indoors.
- Bathroom Plants: Plants like Aloe vera, lucky bamboo or the succulents can help achieving the soothing effect for smaller bathrooms. Plants like ivy can simply be placed on the ledge or hung from the window to add to the aesthetics making the space an experience.
· Kitchen gardens in terrace: A small part of the terrace can be used to make kitchen garden, where you can grow your own spices and veggies like parsley, rosemary, spinach.
Tips on using indoor plants to their best effect
- On top of the refrigerator, nestled on a bookcase, on a piano, or in the corner of a bathroom are all great spots for plants even in a crowded house.
- If your house doesn’t get much light then try growing pothos, heart-leaf philodendron, snake plant, arrowhead vine, cast-iron plant or Chinese evergreen.
- Houseplants aren’t always just green! African violets, cyclamen, poinsettias, croton and paperwhites are a few plants that provide colour during dreary winter and early spring months.
- Mix up container sizes, shapes, colours, and materials, like copper pots, ceramic glazed pots, and lined wicker-style pots. Add some spice to your indoors with plant stands, shelves, and other decorating ideas.
Houseplants can help decorate a room, add to the décor, bring a sense of style and even bring a sense of the outdoors inside.