Interior design is a way of curating and crafting the indoor spaces that we live and work in, so that they are not only comfortable but also visually appealing & inviting. In the process, we also bring varying amounts of outdoors and nature into our indoor spaces. Furniture made of natural wood, wall & floor finishes of natural marble & stone, rugs or carpets of natural wool or organic cotton, are all reminiscent of nature and outdoors. But amongst all of the different ways in which we try to sneak nature into our man-made spaces, probably the most important and beneficial are indoor plants.
Plants not only uplift our mood and make us feel good but have been proven to be beneficial to us, by scientific research. NASA’s Clean Air Study suggested that in addition to absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, certain common indoor plants may also provide a natural way of removing volatile organic pollutants. Numerous scientific studies have also proven that plants are especially beneficial for lowering the stress levels among long-term patients. We also know that certain plants have aromatherapy benefits that can range from lowering blood pressure to treating insomnia.
We haven’t been in touch with outdoors or nature as much as we would want to, lately, so, why not bring nature indoors. Let’s look at some creative & trendy ways to introduce greenery into our homes.
Decorate Empty Corners With Large Potted Indoor Plants
If your room has little or no greenery and a lot of empty space, an indoor plant in a large planter can be just the right solution. Things to keep in mind here are the height of the ceiling, the height of furniture and density of furniture in the room. If you have floor seating or very low height seating, then the height of the plant should complement the set-up and be around 2’ to 3’. For the normal height of the ceiling & normal height of furniture, you could select plants with a height between 3’ -7’. If your room has large empty spaces and little furniture, you may select tall plants that have spreading foliage or large leaves like different varieties of palm, rubber plant, fiddle leaf fig, philodendrons etc. You can also go for an arrangement of a few different plants in different sizes of planters. If your room has a lot of furniture pieces then you may select tall and slim plants like dracaena or snake plant. Make sure that the corner where the plant is kept receives enough light to keep the plant happy.
Suspend Planters From Ceilings
If your floors are too busy for large planters, you may opt for hanging planters. There are many options available for hanging planters in materials like glass, wood, metal, bamboo, jute, plastic, ceramic etc. If you are a fan of Bohemian or Rustic decor, these will perfectly fit into your decor style. Small plants which have a downward growth like asparagus, ferns, spider plant or creepers can be planted in these planters. You could also suspend few Kokedama balls in a corner of the room at varying heights and they are sure to look like an art installation. If you want to know more about Kokedama or moss balls and how you can make them at home, read this article.
Make Indoor Plants A Part Of Your Wall Decor
There are wall planters available in many creative shapes and sizes. Besides going the traditional way of hanging indoor plants on walls, you can let your creativity guide you to find out innovative ways of creating wall displays with plants. Stylish pots can be kept atop wall shelves or brackets, which are fixed on the wall at varying heights to make a coherent composition. You could nail some polished & varnished wooden pallets on the wall and then fix the planters on top of them. Wooden crates that we often receive as the packaging of products, can be polished, lacquer coated and installed on walls to make a base for plants or planters. These ideas will not only fulfill your desire for greenery but also make your walls look good.
Install A Vertical Garden: Living Wall or Moss Wall
A vertical garden is a vertically installed arrangement of plants. A vertical garden can be constructed in different ways, the most common being “living walls” & “moss walls”. Living walls or green walls are a tiered vertical arrangement of planters, which can be supported along a wall or can be a free-standing structure. Plants in living walls can be either watered in the traditional manner, or they can have a self-sustaining centralised irrigation system. Just like other plants, plants of the living wall will need to be cared for, pruned and maintained. The look of the living walls will keep changing along with the cycle of plant growth, allowing you to enjoy different phases and looks.
If you don’t have a green thumb and don’t feel confident with handling plants, or your home environment does not support the growth of plants, then you may opt for moss walls or preserved walls. Moss walls are made of real & preserved moss, flowers, ferns etc. in such a way that they retain their colour and beauty for a long period of time but do not need any care whatsoever. They will also never release pollen or spores. The best part is that you will have real greenery but it won’t need sunlight, water or pruning. A moss wall will not only bring nature into any space but also reflect your creative spirit & sense of style, looking like a timeless piece of art.
Create Centrepieces With Indoor Plants
If you are looking for low maintenance indoor plants, then air-plants, cacti & succulents plants are the best answer. They don’t require a lot of care or even water but do require sunlight. These three types of plants are very often used to create interesting decor centre-pieces. You can really go creative with the types of planters or arrangements for these plants. Instead of regular planters, you can plant them in different shaped glass containers, or glass bowls filled with coloured sand. Driftwood sculptures in different interesting shapes can also be the base or the planter for your air plants or succulents. You can also make closed or semi-closed terrariums with succulents. If you want to know more about what are terrariums and how they can be created at home, read this article.
Bring In A Miniature Zen Garden
The miniature version of the Japanese rock garden, small enough to fit on top of your coffee table may be your best bet if you don’t have the patience or time to look after green plants, but still want to be close to nature. Tabletop Zen garden arrangements are available online but you can easily make one at home. All you need is a creative mind, sand, stones, a wooden tray or an empty container, essential oil (optional) and a wooden rake (or a fork). If you feel that the arrangement should have a plant too, you could have one small succulent or an air plant, or a patch of moss. Raking the sand to create rippling patterns is believed to be a meditative activity, and takes your attention away from all the worries and tensions of daily life. Another great feature of these miniature gardens is that you don’t have to stick to one pattern, you can keep re-creating different patterns by changing the arrangement of the components as and when you feel like. This is still a new concept in interior design so why not be an early adopter and let your Zen garden be an attention grabber and a conversation starter masterpiece.
Create Focal Points With Bonsais Or Orchids
A single plant of Bonsai or orchid can be the focal point of any decor arrangement with plants. Bonsai and orchid plants grow slowly and will keep looking the same for a long time.
Grow Water Lilies In A Large Urn
If you thought water lilies grow only in ponds, think again. You can grow water lilies in a large bowl or urn filled with water. This may be a slightly difficult set-up to maintain inside your home, but if you have a balcony, terrace, courtyard or patio, you can place your water lilies planter there. It is fairly easy to replace the water in the urn or planter.
You may decide which arrangement or arrangements works best for you, depending upon the look that you may want to achieve with your indoor plants and the kind of plants you love. One of the best things about incorporating plants in our interior spaces is the versatility that they offer in terms of scale. They can be large enough to be the focal point of the entire room or small enough to accent a coffee table, study table or shelves. So, go ahead and give your home an Insta-ready green makeover, create some stunning centrepieces and show off your creativity with some of these innovative plant displays. If you are looking for some exotic plants for your indoor spaces then read this article to discover 10 unique low light plants suited to grow indoors.