GROW SOME IN­NER BEAUTY

BRING THE OUT­DOORS IN THIS SPRING WITH SOME IN­TER­EST­ING WAYS TO DIS­PLAY IN­DOOR PLANTS

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As the weather starts to im­prove and we come out of hi­ber­na­tion, there’s noth­ing like spend­ing more time out­doors and en­joy­ing all that na­ture has to of­fer. It’s also a great time to in­ject some of the great out­doors into your home.

In­door plants have gone in and out of favour over the years but the trend at the mo­ment is all about new and unusual ways to dis­play plants in­side. It’s also about low-main­te­nance, easy so­lu­tions that any­one can embrace.

Lug­ging in a pot plant from the ve­randa isn’t go­ing to cut it any more. Get cre­ative and in­vest a lit­tle time and ef­fort with one of these ideas.

HANGING GLASS HOLD­ERS

Glass pen­dant lights look great when a few are hung to­gether at dif­fer­ent heights, and that prin­ci­ple ap­plies here. This type of ar­range­ment works well in a cor­ner of a room or even hanging over the is­land bench in a kitchen. The twine string adds to the or­ganic look, or choose a metal chain in­stead if you want to give it a more in­dus­trial feel.

NOT YOUR AV­ER­AGE POT STAND

For­get the daggy old metal pot stands your grandma used to have and think of new ways to dis­play a se­ries of pot plants. Look at what you al­ready have in the home. Any­thing from open book­shelves to float­ing shelv­ing will work, as will tim­ber lad­ders that can be trans­formed by adding shelves on the rungs plus a tim­ber brace so it can be propped up against a wall without risk of it fall­ing over. Mix and match the pots you use but stick to a par­tic­u­lar colour theme for it to all work well to­gether. The com­bi­na­tion of tim­ber and fo­liage looks great.

TERRARIUMS

If you don’t have a green thumb then a ter­rar­ium is one of the most low-main­te­nance op­tions for in­door plants. You can make one from any clear glass or plas­tic con­tainer such as a large glass jar, vase, jug, fish bowl or ter­rar­ium con­tain­ers you can buy from nurs­eries or craft shops. Terrariums make great cen­tre­pieces for din­ing ta­bles and also look great on a cof­fee or con­sole ta­ble.

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