DIS­PLAY­ING YOUR PLANTS

The Simple Things - - HOW WE LIVE -

IN THE LIV­ING ROOM

A big­ger room de­serves big­ger plants so this is an op­por­tu­nity to buy a show­stop­per plant like a big cac­tus or a rub­ber plant and let it oc­cupy some space. Al­ter­na­tively, bring a for­got­ten corner to life with a clus­ter of plants of dif­fer­ent sizes: group­ing plants in­creases hu­mid­ity and di­min­ishes wa­ter­ing needs.

Idea: place plants against a dark wall to make the green ‘pop’.

IN THE BATH­ROOM

If your bath­room has some nat­u­ral light, hu­mid­ity-lov­ing plants like or­chids, ferns and palms will flour­ish. You can stand them on trays of damp peb­bles to in­crease hu­mid­ity.

Idea: trail spi­der plants or ivy down a win­dow to cre­ate a liv­ing cur­tain.

IN THE HOME OF­FICE

A few pots of green­ery pro­vide a coun­ter­bal­ance to a com­puter screen and other bits of charm­less tech­nol­ogy. They will also process VOCs, see right, emit­ted by tech­nol­ogy, and cre­ate a calm environment con­ducive to creativ­ity. The dan­ger is in the wa­ter­ing: make sure plants on your desk sit on a saucer, oth­er­wise your key­board will be a gonner.

Idea: try a row of the same plant lined up along a win­dowsill. Suc­cu­lents and mini cacti look smart.

IN THE KITCHEN

This is the place for pots of herbs, kept in handy reach, ready for snip­ping. They will need good light, and dif­fer­ent herbs have dif­fer­ent wa­ter­ing re­quire­ments, so watch out for that. ‘Non herbs’ are wel­come, too, and will cre­ate a link be­tween the home and the gar­den.

Idea: to keep work­tops clear, put plants in hang­ing or up­side-down planters and dan­gle some­where you won’t bang your head.

Vi­tra Eames lounge arm­chair, £5,500; Har­mony rib­boned lamp, £90; Fush­ion Weave Bas­ket, £15, all john­lewis.com

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