Interiors: Flowers and Plants for Every Room
28 January 2020
It will come as no surprise that I think every home benefits from the addition of fresh flowers and plants. They bring life, colour, beauty and even improve our health. Research has shown that plants help maintain optimum humidity reducing the likelihood of respiratory tract infections. They also improve oxygen levels and release chemicals called phytoncides, to regulate the immune system. Plants and flowers also help our mental wellbeing, acting as a calming influence, increasing concentration while reducing tension and anxiety.
However, looking after fresh flowers and plants, helping them thrive in your home so you can enjoy all of these benefits, can be tricky. To help, I’ve come up with a guide, explaining which plants flourish in which room of your home, and where fresh florals can make the maximum impact, so you can enjoy and appreciate their beauty to the full.
Often the largest space in a house, this is your opportunity to make a style statement with super trendy plants. String of hearts is perfect for the current interior trend of plants trailing from shelves and hanging planters. This plant requires very little attention or direct sunlight. Rubber plants also make a chic statement, they grow very quickly and are very robust, which is great if you are short on space and want a tall plant to contrast your trailing string of hearts.
The dining table is the perfect place for a beautiful fresh, floral centre piece for guests (or just your you) to admire and enjoy while you are eating. I recommend choosing the best flowers and foliage the season has to offer. Right now, during winter, this would be a beautiful bouquet of roses, eucalyptus and other foliage, hydrangea, and dried grasses for colour and texture.
Cacti and succulents thrive in the kitchen, loving the heat from cooking! Place them on a windowsill so they get the most amount of sunlight possible, and don’t water them between September and March, they thrive on being dry.
Welcome people to your home with something bold and beautiful like my natural white vase design, this eco-friendly design is presented in a simple glass vase, over-flowing with antirrhinum, ammi, grasses, veronica, wax flower, Irish eucalyptus and foliage. Or my Manchester cotton bouquet, a unique hand-tied arrangement featuring many dried flowers that will really last. Including grasses, thistle, scabious seed pods, Irish eucalyptus and the iconic cotton flower that nods towards the iconic symbol of Manchester’s industrial heritage.
The bedroom should be a place of peace and tranquillity which is why Aloe Vera and Peace Lily plants are fabulous additions to any boudoir. They are both air purifiers, and the Peace Lily is perfect for plant novices as it will droop to let you know it needs a drink of water, while the medicinal properties of Aloe Vera are well known, being used to treat minor cuts and sunburn. A gorgeous, fleeting treat for the bedroom is Peonies. Only in season for a brief period in the summer, they release their beautiful scent in the morning, what a wonderful way to wake up!
Orchids are a stunningly delicate flower that love humidity and indirect sunlight, perfect for bathroom conditions. When paired with an English ivy hanging plant that reduces moisture in the air thereby preventing mould, you have the perfect flower and plant pairing for this space.
Wreaths are not just for Christmas; they are a stylish and chic way to decorate your front door all year round! In spring, choose a wreath brimming with daffodils, hyacinths and the delicate first foliage of spring, while in autumn a dried flower wreath will look fantastically stylish. I run wreath workshops throughout the year, teaching budding flower enthusiasts how to create their own envy-inducing door wreaths. Why not book one today.
Why not pop in and visit us in store to see our full range of beautiful plants and flowers to turn your home into a plant and flower power haven.