I don’t know about you but I always find that the simplest of things make your home feel like a home. A scatter cushion, a personal piece of art or even a candle of two.
However, nothing makes it feel more homely than greenery. Bringing the outdoors in has been a trend on and off since the early Greeks and Romans. In all honesty, the benefits indoor plants provide should make us consider them a necessity – not an item of decor!
Are you aware of these health benefits associated with house plants?
They assist in breathing
TIP: When photosynthesis stops at night, most plants absorb oxygen and release carbon dioxide. However, a few special plants – like orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads – switch and take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Therefore, use these plants in bedrooms to keep the oxygen flowing at night.
They clean the air
NASA researchers recommend one potted plant per 100 square feet of indoor space in order to remove trace levels of toxic vapours, improving the air quality.
They boost your concentration
Research has shown that being in the presence of nature and plants improves concentration, memory and productivity by up to 20%!
If you have been trawling Pinterest or blogs like Justina Blakeney’s you may have noticed that one of the trendiest ways to get some greenery into your home right now, is to use vibrant leaves! There is no harm in having a bit of trend with your health benefits is there?? Some of my favourite looking leaves are:
Here is how to create your own urban jungle:
Grab some glass jars or jugs
Now you don’t need to worry about going out to buy some fancy vases for display. Why not re-purpose old jam jars or Kilner jars? You could even get creative with and tie lace or hessian to make them really pretty! Grab what you have and fill them with water ready for the greenery. I personally prefer colourless glass but if you have a colour scheme you could make them match the location you intend to display them.
Buy some leaves or snip them from your garden
If you are lucky enough to have a garden full of wonderful shrubs and tropical looking greenery, then save yourself some cash and get the secateurs out. If you don’t, do not despair, your local florists will stock some beautiful stems as they love a bit of tropical foliage don’t they!
Cut your leaves to different heights
To give your displays a natural, luscious look, make sure you cut the leaves to different heights. Try a couple of tall ones, some medium ones and one or two shorter ones. Making it look authentic makes its even more beautiful and relaxing to look at.
Pop them in your containers
Voila! Display them in your jars, vases or whatever you have found and allow yourself to wallow in their beauty and relax (remember they make you productive so make sure you are extra productive in putting your feet up!)
Enjoy your very own urban jungle!
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