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The Power of Plants: Incorporating Greenery Into Your Home


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I once had a colleague who, when undergoing a period of stress, would treat themselves to a houseplant. She explained to me how their presence not only brought her a sense of ease, but also improved the overall aesthetic of her space (which, in turn, contributed to an increase in her peace of mind! Imagine that.)


It turns out, there is an abundance of research out there indicating a strong correlation between houseplants and improved health. Below you will find a list of not only their most compelling benefits, but how best to incorporate these natural treasures into your home.




More Than Decoration: Houseplants Improve Our Health, and the Environment, Too

As mentioned above, there is plenty of research-backed evidence suggesting the presence of houseplants within our living spaces improves our well-being. Whether it’s a boost in overall mood, focus, and attention; or a decrease in stress and anxiety, the studies show the addition of these green little guys truly can’t hurt.

Better yet - they make Mother Earth happy. Through photosynthesis, indoor plants remove harmful compounds and release humidity and vapor - the result being a purer, more improved quality of air within your home.



Insider Tip: Be Honest With Yourself

Not all indoor plants are created equally, which is why it’s important to be honest with yourself about what you’re capable of managing. If you have a green thumb and a south-facing window - go ahead and purchase a beautiful olive tree for your living room.

If you’re on the opposite end of the plant-care spectrum, or live in a dim-lit space, consider low-maintenance options, such as a Snake Plant, ZZ Plant, or Kentia Palm.

There’s no point in purchasing greenery that will wither in a few short weeks, so be mindful of what is realistic for you and your lifestyle.



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Caring For Your Houseplants

Once you've chosen your houseplants, it's important to know how to care for them properly. Here are some general tips:

  1. Watering: Different plants have different watering needs, so it's important to do your research on the specific plant you have. As a general rule, allow the soil to dry out slightly between watering.

  2. Light: Again, different plants have different light requirements. Some prefer bright, direct sunlight, while others can tolerate lower light conditions. Research the specific plant you have to ensure you're providing the right amount of light.

  3. Soil: Choosing the right soil for your plants is important. Most indoor plants do well in a well-draining potting mix that's specifically formulated for indoor use.

  4. Humidity: Many houseplants prefer a humid environment, so consider investing in a humidifier or grouping your plants together to increase humidity levels.

  5. Pest Control: Unfortunately, pests can be a common problem for indoor plants. Regularly inspect your plants for signs of pests such as spider mites or mealybugs, and treat them promptly with an appropriate insecticide.



Experiment With Different Containers

Potted plants come in various shapes and sizes, and so do their containers. You can use anything from traditional terra cotta pots to unconventional containers such as glass or hanging planters. The containers you choose can add a unique touch to your decor.



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Design by Jack Ceglic | Photography: Blaine Davis


Group Plants Together

Clustering plants together can create a beautiful focal point in any room. Mixing and matching plants of different sizes, textures, and colors can add dimension and interest to your decor.



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Style Throughout the Home

  1. Entryway: Create an inviting and fresh entryway by placing a tall potted plant, such as a snake plant or fiddle leaf fig, in the corner. This will not only add a touch of greenery but also make a statement as soon as you enter the home.

  2. Bathroom: The bathroom can be a challenging space to decorate, but houseplants can help soften the harsh edges and add a spa-like feel. Try adding a few small plants, such as air plants or succulents, on the windowsill or in hanging planters.

  3. Kitchen: The kitchen is a hub of activity, and it's easy to overlook the importance of adding greenery. Consider adding a few herb plants, such as basil or mint, to a windowsill planter for a fresh and functional addition to your decor.

  4. Living Room: The living room is often the heart of the home, and it's a great place to add a statement plant. Try a large, statement plant such as a bird of paradise or monstera, as a focal point in the room.

  5. Bedroom: Bedrooms are meant to be calming and relaxing, and plants can help create a serene atmosphere. Try adding a small peace lily or spider plant to your nightstand or in hanging planters to bring the outdoors in.



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Design by Lynne Parker Designs | Photography: Christopher Lee Foto


 

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