Congratulations on your exciting moving experience. One simple way to add life and freshness to your interiors is to decorate it with plants. Plants not only add a touch of green but also a glimpse of nature. In some cases, a beautiful indoor plant can become the room’s primary accent piece. In others they can be sit discreetly on side tables and pedestals, whatever size they are, adding vibrancy that would not otherwise be achieved by inanimate decor.
If you want to decorate your room with plants, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Do you have the time to take care of your plant?
Plants look best in a room when they look healthy and are well cared for, when the green leaves glow with life and the plant stands proudly lush. Shriveled and withered plants suggest neglect. There’s nothing like a dying plant to dampen a room’s atmosphere. When hiring moving companies, remember to ask them for the best boxes to secure your plants.
Is there natural light in the room?
Plants thrive best with natural light, so it is best to place them in a room where there is ample sunlight coming from your window. In fact, the best place to keep an indoor plant, particularly large and heavy ones, are near windows which are kept open during good weather.
If you place a plant in a room or a place in the room where there is little sunlight, you will need to air and sun your plant often, at least twice daily for some varieties. Even plants that don’t crave as much sunlight would have to be brought outside once in a while.
And what about indoor temperature and humidity?
You also need to consider room temperature and humidity. Most plants thrive in humid conditions. But some plants like cacti prefer dryness. Make sure that the plant you get will match the heat and humidity in your home. But, if you would still like to keep exotic plants that require conditions that are very different, consider buying a humidifier (or a dehumidifier) and be prepared to control indoor temperature during winter or summer.
What size of plant should you get?
It’s a cliché but true: plants come in all shapes and sizes. And when you start looking for a plant for your living room or hallway you will find that there are tens of varieties to choose from. A good rule of thumb would be, first decide where you intend to place the plant — near a window? On a small side table or a big center table? On a desk?—and that should be your guide to size.
Small plants arranged artfully like miniature gardens in a shallow dish will look good on your coffee table. A medium-sized ornamental bush with or without blooms would look perfect on a side table or a pedestal. As mentioned earlier, it’s best to keep big and heavy plants near windows.
You’ll find that decorating with plants is enjoyable, but don’t overdo it! Unless you’re aiming for that ‘tropical jungle’ look, one, two or three in a room is the perfect number.