Bringing plants into your home can add a whole new dimension to interior design. Plants can enhance a room with texture, colour, shape and style as well as giving a fresh feel to your home décor.

Plants can also purify the air in your living environment by absorbing gases and pollutants through the surface of their leaves. Some of the best (and most popular) plants for purifying indoor air include ferns, Japanese peace lilies and succulents such as aloe vera.

An interesting perennial can act as the focal point of a room, and including a range of different sizes and styles of plant can create a strong design aesthetic. Adding pot plants to shelves, designing beautiful hanging baskets or placing a small tree in the corner of a room can create a stunning effect without having to compromise on floor space.

We have put together a few tips on how best to liven up your home with greenery and bring the outdoors indoors.

Pick Plants with a Long Shelf Life

When choosing plants to add to your home, picking those which are hardy and long lasting is an important consideration. Cut flowers can look and smell amazing but only last for a short time.

The good news for those who are not particularly green-fingered is many indoor plants are durable and do not need an extensive care routine. Violas, Begonias and Orchids are all examples of plants with bright, striking flowers that will last much longer than a cut flower arrangement.

Succulents and cactuses originate from very dry climates and do not need watering often. Most varieties of succulent need only to be watered once a week, so upkeep should not interfere with your daily routine.

Be Conventional. Or Adventurous.

When decorating with plants, different homeowners have different needs. If you want to make a subtle enhancement to your kitchen or living room, you could try adding a few small potted arrangements to your surfaces as decoration. Clustering a couple of different varieties on a shelf or table top creates an interesting visual effect. Similarly, you could add a charming feature to your kitchen in the form of a fresh herb shelf with individual terracotta pots. This works particularly well if you are a fan of the vintage chic trend.

If you have more adventurous tastes and a lot of space, tall plants and trees should be considered. Potted Banana plants and citrus trees are bold plants and are bound to be a talking point. Plants that originate from tropical climates will thrive best in a conservatory or orangery within the home. Larger plants work best as standalone floor features and can beautifully fill up an empty space or corner.

Utilise Your Space

When considering plants as a design feature, it is vital to ensure they are cohesive with the space in your rooms.

If you don’t have a lot of space, alternative plant holders may be the best option. Wall planters are pots or fixtures that can be adhered to the wall to display florals and plants without taking up room. Some wall planters are even self-watering, meaning you can display them high up without worrying about maintenance.

Hanging baskets can enhance an interior and come in several styles. They are typically affixed to hooks on a wall but can be displayed hanging from the ceiling.

If you have a room with lots of nooks and crannies, this can be the perfect space to display floor arrangements. A tall, statement plant such as a viper’s bowstring hemp looks very attractive nestled in the niche of a wall.

You can even purchase fittings that include greenery as part of their design.  A wooden table with a built-in grass planter or a climbing vine supported by the structure of a cabinet or window frame can look very attractive and significantly brighten up the furniture and fixtures.

Brighten up Long Winter Days

It is a well-known fact that spending time outdoors boosts our mental and physical wellbeing. Being surrounded by nature can relieve stress and increase our levels of contentment. Unfortunately, the changeable British weather means that spending time outdoors is often impractical, particularly in the colder winter months.

During the cooler months of the year, many plants will not survive harsh weather conditions of the garden and will need to be moved inside. Home extensions such as an orangery or conservatory are the perfect environment for many trees and plants as they are kept at a regulated temperature and are flooded with natural light.

Any plants that are tropical or subtropical will need to be moved inside when the evening temperatures start to dip. Plants should be kept in warm bright areas, and you will need to monitor humidity levels of your home to counteract the harsh dry heat of a central heating system.

There are a huge variety of native British and foreign plants that can flourish in an indoor environment. However you decide to style your home, adding a splash of green with indoor plants can perfectly enhance your interior style.