Follow the ‘odd number rule’ with houseplants for an aesthetically pleasing room


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Bringing plants into the home can have both physical and mental wellbeing benefits as well as being aesthetically pleasing to look at. Biophilic design focuses on the human connection between nature and the environment. It incorporates plants and nature into a homeowner’s everyday space. Dani Turner, customer experience director at online florist Bunches, told “Bringing the outdoors in, is all about creating a seamless connection between the natural world outside and your indoor space. Being surrounded by plants can lower stress levels, improve air circulation, and benefit our wellbeing. They can also help regulate room temperature and bring a sense of calm.

“An indoor garden room is a creative way to invite nature into your home; this works particularly well for homes without a garden as you can create your own green oasis. 

“Follow the simple tips below to help transform any room and boost your mood.

“There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to choosing plants for your garden room – go for different varieties to get different textures and add interest. Species such as Fern, Ivy, Cacti, Spider Plants, Aloe Vera, Succulents, Monstera (Swiss Cheese plant), Peace Lily and Snake Plants are easy-care varieties that look great layered together.”

The expert recommended experimenting and moving plants around to see how they look.

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The expert also recommended checking for pet and child friendly varieties to keep all family members happy and healthy.

Houseplant owners should check weekly for any issues such as insects, mould, wilted and yellowing leaves.

If caught early, these can be solved by watering, holding back on watering, removing the insects and cleaning the plant.

Dani said: “Using natural and organic materials in the home will extend the outdoors in theme. Choose wicker, rattan, stone and wooden plant pots and furniture to be in keeping with your garden room. 

“Nature-inspired wall colours are also complementary – such as meadow or sage greens to evoke glass and plants, yellow for the sun and flowers, and blues for the sky and oceans.

“Before purchasing any new shelving or furniture for your garden room, check if you have any items you can repurpose, such as an unused piece of wood in the garden shed which can be easily turned into a shelf. 

“See what you can upcycle or get for free from friends and neighbours. Unwanted wooden crates and boxes can make wonderful plant stands.”


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