Monday, March 10, 2014

Fresh ideas to bring the outdoors in

A touch of 'leafy greens' reminiscent of gardens and the outdoors can be a refreshing addition to any home environment. For small homes and tight condo units without a garden or balcony to spare, indoor plants can bring in a much-needed touch of nature. 

Carefully potted in stylish containers, indoor plants can also become decorative features in a room.

Consider these ideas for bringing the refreshing outdoors into your own home. 

Container plants

Indoor plants can breathe new life into your home. Carefully potted in stylish containers, indoor plants can also become decorative features in a room. Aside from regular pots and vases, you may think of unconventional alternatives such as watering cans and baskets. Make sure the container design will also work well with your home interiors, for a cohesive look. Choose plants that can withstand indoor conditions such as less air and sunlight. Some prime examples are succulents, snake plant, rubber tree and dumb cane. 

Bonsai plants

More than an indoor plant, bonsai is also an art in itself. Originating from the Japanese and Chinese, this celebrated art form is inspired by the magnificence of trees, landscapes and nature and recreates these picturesque sceneries in miniature scale with the use of low trays and small containers. Growing and training a bonsai plant from scratch is a long and difficult process. You may opt to buy a full-grown bonsai instead. Bonsai plants look great with Eastern inspired interiors. 

Terrariums

Popularized during the Victorian era, terrariums are plants grown in small transparent containers or globes. Some plants suitable for the terrarium environment are the nerve plant, variegated spider fern and air plant. Terrariums with succulents and cacti may also make for distinctive centerpieces, but these plants will only last a few weeks. Consider incorporating terrariums in your home interiors for a unique verdant touch. 


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