5 Cheery Ideas for Decorating with House Plants
Springtime is often associated with lush, green, living things – but winter? Not so much. If the snow and ice leaves you longing for a taste of spring, indoor plants are a great way to bring some of that fresh outdoor feeling inside. And plants are not only aesthetic. Many common species (Pothos, Ivy, Chinese Evergreen and Ficus, to name a few), have also been found to filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs).*
Inspired to invite more plants into your home? Here are five ideas to get you started.
1. Grace a room with ferns
Ferns come in many shapes and sizes, and their rich, leafy fronds can really help bring a space to life. Ferns are also pretty low maintenance: just keep them damp (they love to be misted) and in indirect light. When choosing a fern, remember that anything you see hanging can easily be relocated to a standing pot, if you prefer.
A colorful house plant is a lovely stand-in for a dining room table centerpiece. Plants will last much longer than fresh-cut flowers, and a species like this red Anthurium is simply perfect for Valentine’s Day!
3. Create a live display
Make a striking decorative statement with a selection of smaller house plants, mixing together both the plant types and the pots they are in. This arrangement of mini succulents would be great for a windowsill, since these they enjoy direct light and actually prefer to dry out between waterings.
4. Combine and conquer
For an instant wow-factor, you can re-pot several smaller plants into one larger planter. Dracaena is an excellent species to use with this approach; look for dense plants with glossy foliage.
The humidity in your bathroom might not be great for your electronics, but many of your plants love it. Chinese Evergreens, for example, are a hearty house plant that need some warmth to thrive – so you’ll be doing your plants a favor every time to turn on the shower to heat things up.
*Source: Mother Nature Network