Join the green party
Easy ways to bring the outside indoors
Greenery is so much more than a way to breathe some life into a dull living room. Did you know that plants have a proven effect on your mood and wellbeing in your home? Studies have shown that plants can be stress reducing and make us feel happier, which is just what we all need in January. Also given the temperature, we can be rather reluctant to crack the windows open wide just yet. This is why houseplants also perform an important function of sprucing up the air quality in a room, absorbing pollutants and acting as a natural humidifier as they release moisture from their leaves. A free-standing planter can hold a number of plant pots, and can act as a room divider in your living room. A three- or four-legged stand will elevate your pots from the floor or a surface top, especially good if you choose plants that trail or creep down over the edge. Stands of different heights will make your plants an interesting focal point in a room. Continue the theme, and complement your plants with prints of palm or fern leaves on soft furnishings like cushions or wallpaper.
1 Hexagon large pots, now from €17.50, Ferm Living2 Wren copper watering can, €32.30, Made.com 3 Concrete pots, small €23, medium €37, Amara.com 4 Vattenkrasse watering can, €9, IKEA5 Umbra desk vessel, €44.90 set of 2, Redcandy.co.uk6 Abuo plant pot with stand, €48, Oliverbonas.com7 Pot with stand, €6, Penneys 8 Umbel spritzer, €13.40, Made.com 9 Satsumas plant stand, €30, IKEA 10 Hakkun plant pots, €65.50 set of two, Made.com11 Ilex 3-tier planter with pots, €32.30, Made.com 12 Abstract leaf cushion, €34, M&S 13 Smycka artificial leaf, €5, IKEA