IT’S EASY BE­ING GREEN

IN­DOOR PLANTS ARE BACK IN A BIG WAY AND ANY­ONE CAN JOIN THE MOVE­MENT

Life & Style Weekend - - WELCOME - WORDS: DANNI MOR­RI­SON For more in­te­rior de­sign in­spi­ra­tion, visit www.de­sign­by­danni.com

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.

PHOTO: DANNI MOR­RI­SON

TROP­I­CAL VIBES: A buf­fet styled with golden cane palms.

PHOTO: DANNI MOR­RI­SON

Blue and white chi­nois­erie with a pop of green.

PHOTO: DANNI MOR­RI­SON

Danni's bar cart with a Zanz­ibar gem.

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