House­plants are start­ing to creep back into fash­ion and GABRIELLE FA­GAN gets ex­pert ad­vice on nail­ing the look

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -

House­plants are back in vogue. Once a pop­u­lar fea­ture in Six­ties and Sev­en­ties homes, they fell out of favour in the min­i­mal­ist Nineties, but now go­ing green in­doors is all the rage again.

“We’ve ob­served the creep­ing re­turn of green­ery in the way some of the chicest folk around dec­o­rate their homes to­day,” says Kara O’Reilly, co- au­thor with Ian Drum­mond of At Home With Plants.

“Cool in­te­ri­ors are up­ping the va­ri­ety of plant pots in their ranges, and there’s a re­vival of ev­ery­thing from ter­rar­i­ums to hang­ing planters as dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ments.”

“One of the most amaz­ing things about house­plants is that you en­joy them all year round, and there’s noth­ing more sat­is­fy­ing to the soul than nur­tur­ing a liv­ing thing,” adds Kara.

“With a lit­tle know- how, even the least green fin­gered among us can grow an in­door plant. But be warned – once you start, the look will grow on you!”

“Fol­low the fash­ion for hang­ing planters – in macrame, metal or mar­ble – and at­tach them to the ceil­ing to cre­ate a ‘ green screen’. Or in­vest in a set of open shelves, fill with pot­ted plants to make a room di­vider. Quirky con­tain­ers for fo­liage – such as vin­tage ham­pers – will in­ject per­son­al­ity into a set­ting”

“Herbs are an ob­vi­ous choice, as they’re at­trac­tive, an in­valu­able cook­ing in­gre­di­ent and their fra­grance masks odours.”

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