Green your space

Want to trans­form your hum­ble abode into a Pin­ter­est-per­fect oa­sis? Leaf love is where it’s at

Women's Health Australia - - CONTENTS - By Lucy Bode

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.

PLANT ONE ON ME

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