Introducing or increasing indoor plants will literally breathe new life into your home. From a decorating perspective, they are the easiest way to give an instant lift and welcoming energy to any space. We love them even more for their proven health benefits. Plants can lower blood pressure, accelerate the healing and recovery process and bring about increased levels of happiness. A little bit of nature indoors really has remarkable results. Don’t have a green thumb? Maintaining plants and energising your home is easier than you think. Here are some tips on the right selection and placement of indoor plants that will energize your home.
Feng Shui teaches that indoor plants placed in the bedroom will improve relationships and inspire compassion. The size of the plant matters (in Feng Shui) larger plants increase the energy within a room and they are encouraged to stay out of the bedroom. Therefore, replace large plants with flowers which will increase the love energy.
Jasmine — This plant is not only beautiful but also has a soft-scent that will create a lovely aroma within your room. If your room is full of sunshine then this plant is perfect for you.
Lavender — A great plant that provides a touch of colour to your bedroom and can improve in aiding your sleep due to it’s calming scent. Opt for Climate lavender over English lavender if you live in a humid place.
Snake Plant — Often a favourite because it is nearly impossible to kill and helps to filter out toxins from the air.
Whether you are arriving home after a stressful day or simply enjoying a lazy Sunday on the couch. Yale university studies have shown that indoor plants have the ability to lower heart rate and blood pressure.
Peace Lily — Incredible and enduring, this beautiful plant will thrive in high or low light conditions. It too filters airborne toxins and will bloom almost year round if it is near a window and sunlight.
Fiddle Leaf Fig – These plants can look seriously luxurious, with their large dark leaves they are very efficient at purifying the air. They do require slightly more maintenance, liking sunlight, water and temperature all in moderation.
Bathrooms are often dark, steamy and moist, a description that is perfect for the plants below to thrive. The other benefit of having plants in your bathroom is that they can filter out toxins that are often found in soaps, shampoos or scented sprays.
Fern —Hanging from ceilings, ferns look lush. They flourish in humid and low light environments, they were born for bathrooms.
Chinese Evergreen — Is easy to grow, likes low light and prefers its soil to be moist at all times, so water regularly.
Begonia — If you have some natural light and want to add a splash of colour in your bathroom then the Begonia is the perfect plant.
Being surrounded by greenery has shown to improve concentration and productivity. Furthermore, plants can filter nasty toxins caused by equipment like printers. Therefore, making indoor plants in your study is a must.
Devils Ivy – is in NASA’s top 3 houseplants that successfully removes formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds that can be caused by printers and other household equipment.
Rubber Plant – Another plant that’s great at removing formaldehyde. This rubber plant can grow up to 2.5m tall and is perfect for a statement piece. They prefer their leaves wiped regularly and to be put in indirect light. We would recommend placing them in front of sheer curtains for best care.
When it comes to the kitchen, we can’t really go past the satisfaction of having fresh herbs available to cook with.
Herbs – looking great and tasting even better! Herbs like lemongrass, rosemary, thyme, mint and parsley are the easiest to grow as they enjoy bright light by the window.
Aloe Vera – Enjoying lots of light, they are only suitable if you have a window in your kitchen. Fairly low maintenance as they will survive not being watered for a couple of weeks. Also, it’s great to have in your kitchen for the inevitable burns that can occur.