Is your home, missing something?

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Do you ever get the sense that your home is missing something? Maybe it’s a pop of color or a sense of wellbeing that your home is missing. Believe it or not,
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provide your home with both a pop of color and add a cozy feel to your space. Placing plants indoors comes with many benefits.


Indoor plants not only make your living space more inviting and luxurious, they also make your home’s air healthier. Check out some of our favorite ways to freshen up your home décor with a touch of green.

Ten modern, air-filtering, long-living houseplants include:


  • Dracaena
  • Spider plant
  • Fig
  • Devil’s ivy
  • Lady palm
  • Ficus
  • Aloe vera
  • Succulents
  • Peace lily
  • Snake plant




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Plants offer our visual senses an essence of charm. With so many variations available, there is a species for everyone. Popular houseplant types include
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. Different plants require different types of care, so be sure to research what [I]species[/I] will work best in your home.


Live plants are important home accessories and — sometimes they can even become key design elements on their own. Next time you see an unused corner or empty shelf in your home, consider bringing in a plant to fill the space.


Plants can serve as functional design elements. Many homes in today’s suburban neighborhoods have great rooms. While most homeowners love the idea of a great room, it can also be a curse; it’s hard to know where one functional space ends and the next one begins. Large indoor shrubs or trees are the perfect solution. Use them as room dividers or to flank an area to create a more restricted passage.


By using a plant for this purpose you infuse life into the space and avoid making the divider feel too heavy. If you’re daring, place a potted tree in the middle of large open area to create a soft room divider. The sheer size and shape of this potted tree adds a real punch to this interior.


Plants can balance out your design. The right plant in the wrong place will throw off the look and feel of an entire room. It might be too small in a larger space, or simply have too much volume and overwhelm nearby design elements. When selecting a large houseplant, consider volume as well as overall height and width. A really full tree in front of a window may block too much natural light. And you don’t want to have to brush aside fronds from a nearby plant to carry on a conversation with your friends.



By taking height, width and volume into consideration, you’ll select a plant that fills the space perfectly. For example, this tall, full tree is used to balance out the traditional writing desk and accessories on the other side of the fireplace. Proportion isn’t always about items the same size; it’s more about balancing weight.


Plants soften architectural elements. Natural materials provide textures that are difficult to recreate. Sometimes there is no substitute for the real thing. Here a structured planting of reeds plays an important role in softening the stone wall and wood columns. This concept might be used around large windows or on either side of a front door. Wherever the location, the softness of the planting keeps the hard surfaces from overwhelming the space and making it feel cold.


Plants fill a corner with life. Portland designer Garrison Hullinger is a dear friend of mine and is great at using plants in his interiors. For those corners in your home that don’t seem right for a piece of furniture, consider a large plant to fill the space. By placing this plant in the corner behind the chair, the room feels intimate without being crowded by extra furniture. This type of arrangement works best when the location is out of high-traffic areas.


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Being surrounded by nature improves concentration and increases memory retention, this is backed by many
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across the world. By adding plants to your indoor space, you will feel a sense of calmness and experience more productivity. Studies also show that plants improve healing by lowering blood pressure and relieving symptoms of pain, anxiety and fatigue.


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scientists confirmed that specific plant species purify air quality. Plants go beyond utilizing carbon dioxide to produce more oxygen for humans’ to breathe. Plants also remove low levels of chemicals such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde from indoor environments just through the leaves alone.


What your home is missing is plants. Intertwining nature into your home or workspace is easy to do – and it will improve the quality of your life after all!


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