Having a relaxing, pleasant atmosphere to come home to is of the utmost importance in today’s stressful times. And spicing up your interior to make it even more comfortable and exude those Zen vibes doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. One of the key elements that make these kinds of interiors unmatched when it comes to your well-being is introducing greenery.
Surrounding yourself with plants has been proven to pose numerous benefits: it’s no wonder the trend of biophilia is so popular these days. People have rediscovered that their connection with nature is indeed invaluable, and thus they seek to reap its benefits in all kinds of interiors. Being surrounded by nature lowers your stress levels, helps you concentrate better, boosts your creativity, and last but not least, breathes life into your home, both aesthetically and literally.
However, there are a few things you should know before jumping right in so that you can make the most of this idea. So, to help you with this task, here are several tips to Zen up your home with the help of Mother Nature.
Get the right plants
You might love croton, but there is a chance it will not love your environment. Different plants have different needs, which is why you should look them up and read about them before purchasing them, to avoid being disheartened when they wilt in a few weeks. Withering plants are also bad for feng shui, so you want to avoid this at all cost.
Some of the plants that need plenty of sunlight to thrive are the beautiful anthurium, the zebra plant, the jade plant and so on, so if you live in sunny Australia, these are perfect for your window. Peace lilies, dracaena, and the interesting prayer plant can thrive in lower light conditions just as well, so they are a good option if your home does not get that much natural light. Also, if you have pets, be sure to look up whether your plants of choice could be dangerous to them. Cats and dogs love chewing on houseplants sometimes and the aforementioned peace lily, for instance, could pose a danger to them.
Herbs in the kitchen
Adding a few of your favourite herbs to your kitchen window will provide you not only with all the aforementioned benefits of houseplants but also with fresh ingredients whenever you need them! Some of the staples are basil, oregano, rosemary, bay laurel etc., but if you have a little more space, you can even grow peppermint – it will make the room smell amazing, and the tea you can make with it tastes ten times better than store-bought!
Nature in focus
If your living room boasts a sleek, minimalist vibe, a large, statement plant will make a perfect focal point to elevate the look of the space. Choose an attractive kentia palm, a rubber tree or a tropical-looking philodendron that will instantly make space look like an oasis; you basically cannot make a wrong choice here as long as you follow the plants’ sunlight and water needs.
Charming dining room
Another thing that will infinitely boost the charm of your interior is having fresh flowers on your side or dining table. Even if you live in the city and don’t have garden space to grow flowers yourself, you can opt for flower delivery in Brisbane, Sydney or any other urban environment to add that upscale, luxurious look to your interior. No one can resist the beautiful colours of a lush bouquet so your guests are bound to notice your efforts.
There are several plants that are very effective in purifying the air, making your indoors a healthier environment for you and your family. Such are several types of palms, English ivy, as well as Boston fern which is perfect to place in hanging pots. Make sure to place some of these all around the house and you won’t have to worry about pollutants such as formaldehyde inside your home.
Beside herbs, another plant that can serve multiple purposes is aloe vera. If you make sure it gets enough light, its thick leaves will contain a gel-like substance that you can use to apply on burns to relieve the pain and help the healing process. Besides, this gel can have anti-aging effects on the skin too and might serve a couple more health purposes, so lining up a couple of them on your windowsill is not only stylish but can be useful too.
Even if you live in a small apartment and don’t have much space to spare, there are still a few ways out there to add the much-needed greenery to your interior. You can opt for small succulent arrangements – baby toes and Echeveria are especially cute, just make sure they receive enough sunlight. An attractive variety of peperomia, a Chinese money plant or a beautiful polka dot plant will also bring a lot of interest to your interior despite being small. If the problem is that you lack floor or surface space, try hanging pots, as they literally take up zero space but make the room look alive.