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