Breathing Life Into Your Home

Spring is in the air and all I can think about right now are plants! So let’s talk about them here…

Plants in Interior Design: How to Make Your Home Flourish - Decorilla  Online Interior Design

Think of when you are decorating a room and something just feels like it is missing. What do you normally do, start rearranging things or try to bring in more furniture? Have you tried brining life into the room?

And I am talking about literally bringing life to a room. Plants! When I am working on a space, that missing feeling is almost always a sign I need a plant. Plants and fresh cut flowers bring a freshness and lightness to a space. They naturally add an organic feel and work with every single style, from minimalism to maximalist Victorian (and everything in-between)

flowers  Deep, rich colors warm up a corner of the living room.

 There are countless other benefits to adding plants to your home:

  • Enhanced Air Quality & Climate Control: Through photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, effectively improving indoor air quality. Certain species, such as peace lilies, spider plants, and snake plants, are particularly adept at filtering out toxins like formaldehyde and benzene, which are commonly found in household products. In addition to their air-purifying properties, plants can also help regulate humidity levels and temperature within your home. During hot summer months, strategically positioning plants near windows can provide natural shading and cooling effects. Conversely, in colder seasons, plants release moisture into the air through transpiration, helping to maintain optimal humidity levels and combat dryness.
  • Boosted Productivity and Creativity: Indoor plants have been shown to enhance cognitive function and productivity. Studies indicate that environments enriched with greenery can improve concentration, memory retention, and problem-solving skills. Whether you're working from home or pursuing creative endeavors, surrounding yourself with plants can provide the inspiration and mental clarity needed to thrive.
  • Stress Reduction and Mental Well-Being: Research has shown that simply being in the presence of greenery can have a calming effect on the mind, reducing stress and anxiety levels. Whether it's a lush fern in the corner or a cluster of succulents on the windowsill, incorporating plants into your decor can create a serene sanctuary amidst the chaos of daily life. Blooming flowers like lavender, jasmine, and gerbera daisies can also promote relaxation and uplift the spirits with their vibrant colors and delicate fragrance.

6 Expert Tips for Decorating with Houseplants in Every Room of Your Home

What plants to add? These are living things, so you have to keep in mind specifics like light requirements, space constraints, and maintenance. Then there are factors like toxicity (especially if you have pets or children). Just remember to have fun with this!

A Visual Guide To Decorating Your Home With Plants — passerby magazine

Don’t just go to a big-box store and buy a giant boring plant. Make sure you love your new plant. Your plants and flowers should inspire you, spark your creativity, make you want to watch and care for them. Consider some of my favorites…

ZZ Plant: We bought a ZZ plant 13 years ago and it is still going strong! We named her and she has moved all over with us. They like low light and are very easy to care for (I read once they are happier if you forget about them).
ZZ Plant
Mimosa Plant
How to Grow and Care for Sensitive Plant
Fishbone Cactus
The Odd and Edible Zigzag Cactus - Laidback Gardener
Rex Begonia
Rex Begonia Growing Guide | Garden Gate
Staghorn Fern
How to Grow and Care for Staghorn Ferns
Frizzle Sizzle
Cottage Farms Direct - Houseplants - Frizzle Sizzle Plant
Flowering Maple
How to Grow and Care for Abutilon Plants
Gloxinia Mix
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