Interiors trend 2020: houseplants
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Houseplants not only look good, but enhance the health of your home, too
Unsurprisingly, lockdown has triggered more than a few interiors trends, not least of which has been the huge surge in interest in house plants – the real, not the faux, variety.
As well as looking great, offering as they do vibrant splashes of green in every shade from lime to olive, they can add texture, height, pattern and flow to any space – plus, they’re good for you.
It’s long been accepted that getting outside and getting your hands in the soil can be hugely beneficial to your mental health, but in winter, or for those of us without gardens, that’s not a simple thing. Taking care of an indoor plant collection – watering, feeding, pruning and re-potting – can provide a calm interlude in an otherwise busy life. And the pleasure when a plant thrives is a daily joy that cannot be overlooked.
Research has shown that certain plants work to purify the air around us, which can’t be a bad thing as we turn spare rooms into home offices and start to figure out a whole new way of working.
We know that indoor air pollution is present in every home and the levels of pollutants are especially high in winter, as we keep windows and doors closed, switch on the heating and light our fires. Plants absorb these toxins, breaking them down and storing them in their soil to use later for food.
Plants known for their ability to purify the air include Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, the gloriously sculptural upright plant perfect for popping in the corner, and the spider plant - great for sitting on shelves, where they can drape their variegated leaves down through the room and which also produce lots of babies, perfect for potting on and presenting as gifts. They are pretty hard to kill, too.
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Of course, if you want to create an oasis in your home, you don’t need to sacrifice style to do so. There are plants to suit every space and style, from sculptural to soft, tiny to tall, stand up to hang down. Once you know where you want to place some plants, do a bit of research to ensure you choose plants that will thive, rather than fight, the environment. For example, in a darker room, ferns do well, but an aloe vera would be most unhappy.
Choose your space, choose your plant, choose your pot (another aesthetic pleasure not to be underestimated) and prepare for a greener, cleaner life.