Green your space
Want to transform your humble abode into a Pinterest-perfect oasis? Leaf love is where it’s at
Transform your abode into a Pinterestperfect oasis with nature’s finest plants
Maidenhair ferns in macrame hangers. Devil’s ivy trailing from terracotta pots. It might sound like something your parents loved in the ’70s, but in 2018, plant power is in – and for good reason. Not only can a splash of greenery instantly take a space from meh to amazing, there’s also health benefits to bringing the outdoors inside.
Plants have epic carbon dioxideabsorbing abilities and some varieties can help filter the atmosphere of other pollutants (such as mould, dust and bacteria). But you don’t need an entire jungle to reap the rewards – researchers from RMIT and the University of Melbourne say a medium -sized plant can increase the air quality in a room by up to 25 per cent.
And the perks don’t stop there. According to a study by the University of Exeter, plants can improve concentration and productivity, reduce stress levels and act as the ultimate mood booster, making them a dream addition to your work desk.
Want to paint the town green? We’ve enlisted Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan, authors of new book Leaf
Supply, to share their industry intel. Whether you want to style the ultimate “shelfie” or learn how to propagate plants, they’ve got you covered. Botanical styling is all about being true to your taste and creating something unique, whether that’s a wild jungle or something with just a hint of greenery.
Play around, try different things and see what works best for you.
1. Grouping plants together
It’s great to mix textures, colours and shapes to create a stunning vignette or “shelfie”. Place lush leaves next to more structural stunners, ensuring that your plants don’t sit in a straight line, and remember that uneven numbers are always better. Grouping plants en masse can have a real impact, too. Think tall, short, high, low.
2. Feature plants
Indoor trees make the perfect statement, creating a lush focal point in any room. On its own or as a part of a group, a large ficus or strelitzia easily takes centre stage.
3. Stand smarts
A great way to add depth and height to your displays is with well-placed plant stands. While beautiful in their own right, these accessories also provide flexibility in placing plants around existing furniture pieces.
UNEVEN GROUPINGS OF PLANTS ARE VISUALLY APPEALING AND SIT PERFECTLY BELOW A WINDOW WHERE THEY ARE CLOSE TO BRIGHT, INDIRECT LIGHT.
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