Indoor plants – what you need to know

Decorate a room with indoor plants, ottoman foot stool, a chair and a desk

Not only are indoor plants a beautiful addition to your home, but they also have a number of other benefits. For example, did you know that plants are good for your physical health and mental wellbeing? Plus, they can serve a functional purpose in the interior design of your house.

In Australia, indoor plants are quite popular, with 40% of Aussies reporting that they’ve purchased a house plant in the past year, according to this year’s Plant Life Report.

When it comes to mental health benefits, researchers found that people generally feel happier and healthier when they’re in a room with five or more plants. In terms of physical health, experts say that even just one plant can increase a room’s air quality by 25%.

 

Even small plants like succulents can bring life into a room and enhance the space. In this post, we’ll share how you can use indoor plants at home to add a vibrant touch to your interior design.

 

In interior design, plants can serve multiple purposes

Both real and faux plants can be used to pull together a room. For instance, if you have a bit of dead or awkward empty space in a corner, you can easily put a large potted plant or tree on the ground to spruce up the area and make your home appear full of life. Tall and voluminous plants like fiddle-leaf figs and Birds of Paradise are perfect for this purpose.

 

You can use an indoor plant as a focal point or as a complementary design piece

Similarly, you might consider buying a big, leafy plant to use as a decorative statement piece rather than putting a bulky item of furniture. Bold and unique-looking plants add style without making your room seem heavy or overly crowded, like a piece of dark furniture might. Or if you aren’t sure about making your plant the centre of attention, you can opt for a smaller native species of flora.

 

Plants can add layers of texture, colour and curves to a room

If your space feels a bit boring, indoor plants are an easy way to (literally) liven things up. A green plant or small tree will pop among neutral-coloured decor and brighten the area. Plus, plants create appealing curves that please the eye, especially when placed among other decor and architectural elements like tables, benches and doors that are typically designed with straight lines.

With the growing popularity of plants in Australia, you have plenty of options when it comes to choosing one that suits your space. Whether you prefer a small faux houseplant or a striking exotic plant that commands attention, you’ll find a good variety at your local nursery or garden store.

If you’re planning to sell your house, using indoor plants as part of your interior design strategy can help increase the appeal of your home in the eyes of potential buyers. Professional property stylists can help you select the right plants, in addition to furniture, decor, accessories and art, to make your home stand out and achieve a superior sale. Learn more about how property styling can boost the appeal of your home by calling the experts at Pabs on 1800 20 10 20.