Greener living: Bring nature into your home with the latest plant trends
These days, adding a touch more greenery to your home is about much more than just making a trip to the garden centre for yet another standard houseplant in a pot. With an overwhelming selection of fascinating plants suitable for any space now readily available, there are so many creative trends that you can use to bring nature into your home. The urban jungle trend – in which your living space is transformed into an oasis of green – may be an extreme example, but it can also be a fertile source of inspiration for those who don’t want to convert their home into a complete plant paradise: After all, haven’t we all got a spare wall we could dedicate to a plant tapestry?
Green walls with easy-care living room plants
Climbers like ivy and vines are often used to decorate bare exterior facades. But “vertical gardening” is on the rise in interior design, too – and the trend has already spawned some great innovations, including smart plant shelving or cupboard-shaped indoor greenhouses. Just as attractive but perhaps a little more demanding to care for, green walls are another popular trend. To create a green wall, different varieties are planted above and next to one another in a special wall-mounted construction. You could opt for a ready-made, modular planting system complete with substrate and mineral wool, or use a hanging felt or fabric planter with pockets filled with soil.
Wabi kusa: An inspiring addition to your home office
A wabi kusa arrangement is a great alternative to traditional indoor plants. In this Japanese art form, water plants are cultivated in glass vases or dishes. To ensure that your wabi kusa garden gets enough light, it’s a good idea to place it under a lamp. These unusual arrangements are an eye-catching addition to your home, and will add a touch of oriental flair to your workspace.
They are particularly effective nestled among minimalist furniture, natural materials and neutral colours. If you want to go all-out on the natural look, switch frames from the Gira Esprit linoleum-plywood design line are the perfect choice for your walls. Made from a mix of sustainable, renewable raw materials, the switches are designed to harmonise perfectly with nature-inspired interiors.
Tropical plants for an exotic bathroom
The unique conditions of the typical bathroom make it the perfect location for tropical houseplants that need lower levels of light and high levels of humidity.
Orchids, for example, thrive in damp, warm climates with indirect light. The same is true of the sword fern, whose bushy fronds take in moisture through the air.
Air-purifying plants: A breath of fresh air in the bedroom
There has been much debate about the health effects of plants in the bedroom, as most species produce more CO2 than oxygen in the dark. But there are some plants that are unaffected by this natural phenomenon, and some – like sansevieria – are even said to promote good sleep.The sansevieria is an easy-care houseplant that generates oxygen all through the night, keeping the air in your room fresh while you sleep.
Other indoor plants, including the spider plant, dragon tree or common ivy, also clean the air and are even thought to combat mould.
Vertical gardening on the balcony or patio
Vertical gardening is on the rise – particularly in cities, where people often have just a few square metres of space to dedicate to plants. Hanging baskets, plant towers or multi-level raised beds are all designed to save space and look great in smaller gardens. Hardy, easy-care plants, such as begonias or perennials, are ideal for these kinds of planters.
Whether you’re adding plants to your living room, bathroom or even your bedroom,
inviting nature into your home is a great way to refresh your interior and bring a renewed sense of energy and wellbeing to your home.
Which plant trends do you want to try out in your home? Have you already experimented with indoor gardening? Share your experiences in the comments!