Houseplants offer a simple cost-effective way to improve the look and feel of almost any interior space. Creating a more relaxed atmosphere, bringing a natural lived-in feel to a room or using plants to highlight and complement other aspects of your decor may allow you to transform a space with far less effort and expense than you may have been expecting. Employing a few basic decorative tips and ensuring you select the right type of houseplants will allow you to add a touch of nature to any interior room or environment.
Improving Air Quality and Creating a More Vibrant Environment
Plants are a great way to improve air quality and freshen any space that may feel cold or barren. From small pots suitable for use as bookshelf and tabletop accents to larger free-standing plants that make for a more substantial addition to your decorative scheme, decorative houseplants are perfect for creating a lush and vibrant garden-like atmosphere guaranteed to brighten a room. Selecting fragrant plants can provide you with a natural air-freshener that can be used to improve more than just the look of your interior area.
Wall-mounted Potting and Ivy May Be Perfect for Smaller Spaces
Ivy and pots that can attached directly to walls offer a versatile decorative options for smaller homes and rooms where available space may be limited. While hanging pots may seem like the obvious choice, larger ceiling-mounted houseplants can require more space than you may have expected and may lead to a cramped or claustrophobic feeling when used in areas that lack an abundance of open space. Wall-mounted pots may offer a space-saving alternative, one that may allow you lessen the visual impact of walls and to create the illusion that small spaces are bigger than they actually are, especially when used in concert with accent mirrors.
Raising Plants Above Floor-Level and Clustering Pots
Leaving freestanding houseplants at floor level may contribute to an atmosphere that feels cluttered or haphazard. Mixing things up a bit by placing plants on accent tables, bookshelves or even an indoor bench or chair can free up floor space and create an atmosphere that feels more like an outdoor garden. This effect can be heightened by grouping multiple plants closer together, a technique that will also highlight the variety of your foliage and make for a more eye-catching display.
Choosing Plants to Fit Your Environment and Needs
Selecting houseplants that will be more forgiving, such as aloe, philodendron or peace lilies will ensure that maintaining your environment can be done with greater ease. Fast-growing plants and those that may easily outgrow their surroundings could create issues that you would just as soon avoid, making them a poor choice for smaller rooms and areas. Selecting plants that can be more easily and those that will not need more than the available natural light a room or space has to offer can be an important issue, one that should be carefully considered before making an addition to your decor. Finding houseplants better suited to your habits and available space can make an important difference for those seeking to brighten their home.
Ron Nathan, founder and President of Ron Nathan Interior Design Group, is an innovative and accomplished interior designer. Since 1974, his firm has been known for their signature look which is refreshing, imaginative, luxurious and comfortable.