All the designers emphasised that these indoor plant displays were temporary more of an artistic installation than a permanent design. They are to inspire you and give you ideas you can adapt when you decorate with indoor plants. They were only at the Leman Locke for around a month.
Because there are practicalities to consider. Houseplants need more care than plants in the garden because they’re completely dependent on you for their water. Outside, you can leave plants untended and many will just grow.
Inside, you’ll need to water but not over-water. If you have a row of plants on a high shelf or the top of a wardrobe, you’ll need to get up there to water once a week.
And you’ll need to find out which plants are best for low light conditions, such as the tops of wardrobes or the backs of rooms. And which plants prefer a bright, sunny spot.
Where light levels are low, you can buy grow lights to help plants grow in artificial full spectrum wavelengths.
Why decorate with indoor plants?
Recent studies have shown that living with plants indoors offers some of the benefits of being outside.
The Global Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace study found that people who work in buildings with plants reported 15% higher levels of well-being, according to Joy of Plants. And people expressed improved feelings of well-being and creativity, too.
So what is biophilic design?
Biophilia means “love of nature”. Biophilic design means incorporating natural elements into the built environment to make life easier or more enjoyable for the people who live and work in the buildings.
Studies have shown that plants can reduce stress or improve sleep or concentration. It’s also been shown that patients in hospitals respond well to living greenery in their environment or hospital gardens. The science of plants and well-being has some way to go but there are promising early results.
Where to put plants in the home?
When you start to decorate with indoor plants, you must consider where the plants are going to go. Start with the environment. Is the room shady or draughty? What are the light levels? You think about what the conditions are in your room, then research which plants will fit. And you could also do it the other way round. If you’ve fallen in love with a house plant, look it up when you get home to find where it will flourish in your home.
The descriptions on the plant labels probably won’t provide enough information, so you’ll need to go online to find out a bit more about the best place for your plant.
How to arrange indoor plants
We suggests that you arrange a grouping of indoor plants along the same principles as you arrange outdoor plants. Place the larger plants at the back, for example. Think about contrasting the foliage. And bring in some variegation in the leaves to add light.
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