IT’S EASY BEING GREEN
INDOOR PLANTS ARE BACK IN A BIG WAY AND ANYONE CAN JOIN THE MOVEMENT
There are three types of people in this world – ones who love indoor plants, ones who don’t and ones who simply haven’t thought about it.
I think it’s fair to say the benefits of living with indoor plants throughout our homes far outweigh the slight maintenance involved with keeping them.
As the concept of wellness continues to trend upwards and plants are known for the air purifying qualities, it makes sense that living decor is growing more popular within our interior spaces. And what bang for buck it provides us.
While indoor plants offer significant aesthetics and a sense of luxury, you can be somewhat thrifty as to how you acquire your chosen greenery.
Early morning flower markets and wholesalers will keep money in your pocket but my personal favourites are backyard clippings and sneaky “side of the road” acquisitions. By this I don’t mean breaking into your neighbour’s yard with a chainsaw, I mean keep your eye out for beautiful things while you’re driving.
On the Sunshine Coast we have streets lined with fallen pine cones. Fill a lovely rattan basket and style it next to your fireplace for a homely yet elegant feel. We also have an abundance of golden cane palms, which, displayed on a buffet, have a relaxed, resort-style vibe.
From a science perspective, plants create oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide and other harmful chemicals, regulate humidity and are believed to stimulate creativity and productivity while reducing stress. Sounds to me like a win-win.
From a design perspective, styling your selected greenery isn’t bound by endless rules for a chic look, however there are some tips and tricks to get you started.
Large floor plants like palms, monsteria and fiddle leaf figs are popular and create interest placed in blank nooks, corners and larger areas.
Use structured plants like succulents and cacti or cascading plants in small pots to add a pop of colour on shelving or bench tops. The muted hues and lovely scent of lavender work well in bedrooms for relaxation and try ivy and jade in the bathroom.
Everyone has a friend that proudly states “I kill everything in our home”. Not any more – I give you the Zanzibar gem. A gorgeous, deep green and glossy indoor plant that literally thrives on neglect.
Potted lilies are also perfect for plant-killers and, with their lovely white flower, suit most interior spaces.
TROPICAL VIBES: A buffet styled with golden cane palms.
Blue and white chinoiserie with a pop of green.
Danni's bar cart with a Zanzibar gem.