Have you ever wondered about how to choose the right plant for each room of your house? Then today’s guest post by Sophie Attwood will answer all your questions.
We all know that a little bit of greenery can transform a space—and not only can it breathe new life into a room but it can help with your productivity and your overall mental health and sense of wellbeing. It’s one of the easiest ways to update your house without having to spend a fortune on new furniture or overpriced décor accents. But not all houseplants are created the same—and that means they all won’t thrive in any place around the home.
Choosing a houseplant
To choose a plant for a specific spot in your home, you’ll want to keep two things in mind: plant care and the feel that you want to create in each room. Certain houseplants have different needs when it comes to sun exposure and humidity levels, so you won’t want to put a plant that needs full sun in a windowless bathroom, or an air plant in your sun-drenched living room, when it prefers indirect light. Additionally, you don’t want a plant to stick out like a sore thumb and ruin a whole room’s décor style. A cactus in a serene bedroom doesn’t quite illustrate peace and tranquility.
The Living Room
Make a statement in a space that gets a lot of foot traffic but is also a destination point within the home. The living room is your respite from the outside, as well as your cozy collaboration space with friends and family. Show off your elegant side with a bird of paradise or rubber tree plant in a metallic dipped vase (£34.99 from Husoe Home www.husoehome.com).
Or, show off your colourful and fun side with philodendrons, begonias, or cacti and succulents in a copper planter, (£49.95 at www.husoehome.com).
Sun exposure in the living room
Choose plants based on what kind of sun exposure your living room gets. For general reference, there are four kinds of exposure: bright, direct light (full sun); bright, indirect light (partial shade); medium, indirect light; and low, indirect light.
The kitchen is not only a busy space but a source of water and, although it’s not as humid as the bathroom, it’s more humid than the rest of the house. Counter space is also often limited so potted herbs on your windowsill are a beautiful yet useful addition. They require full sun and regular watering so they sit well within the kitchen.
Your bedroom needs to be a restful sanctuary and greenery can provide a lovely, peaceful atmosphere at the end of a busy day. Plants have been scientifically proven to boost mood, decrease stress and anxiety as well as filter harmful toxins from the body. Ideally I would recommend varieties of plant that can improve your indoor air quality. But don’t go overboard with your selections—an uncluttered space is a calmer space and that is paramount in this room. Try adding a spider plant, which needs moderate, indirect light and watering weekly, in a large, dipped planter (£20.95 from Husoe Home).
About Sophie Attwood
Sophie Attwood is a leading PR consultant and journalist within the beauty and wellness industry. She also owns home interiors brand, Husoe Home.
To find out more about Sophie Attwood, please visit her website www.sophieattwood.co.uk
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