If you scroll through Pinterest and Instagram, you’ll see that house plants are having a definite moment. I’ve always been an advocate of them for a number of reasons:
House plants clean the air in our homes. Plants are notoriously adept at absorbing gases and VOCs through pores on the surface of their leaves. The microorganisms that live in the soil of potted plants also play an instrumental role in neutralizing these VOCs and other pollutants.
They add life and interest to a scheme. Over and above accessories such as mirrors, vases etc, house plants bring a natural element that can’t be replicated by anything man made. They also bring another level of texture, which is always beneficial.
Plants can fill “dead spaces”. A dead space in an interior can be a corner or a space on a wall that needs something. For example, I have used large house plants next to pieces of furniture to “fill” a wall. They also add softness against angular lines or hard finishes, hence why they’re perfect for bathrooms.
Another benefit of being around house plants is that they’re believed to make people more creative and productive, reduce stress and give us overall higher levels of well-being. I think this is because they remind us of the outdoors, when most of us spend a lot of our time indoors.
“Fake” house plants can still give us the same feeling as real ones. Obviously, they don’t have the same health benefits but if you’re a notorious plant killer (yep, me too) or the room doesn’t have much natural light, then fake can be a good way to go. As with most things, you get what you pay for and it’s best to mix them in with other real plants where you can. Just remember which is which when it comes to watering them! I’ve used a mixture of fake and real plants in my bathroom. Being in the middle of the house means it doesn’t get tons of light, so I had to fake it otherwise I’d just feel like a total plant murderer!!