Greenery in the apartment helps to recharge your energy and relax from stress. It reduces the concentration of chemical compounds and dust in the air and increases its humidity, which benefits the lungs. In addition, the green colour soothes tired eyes.
When arranging plants in an apartment, we are guided not only by our aesthetic sense, but also by the suitability of the greenery according to the purpose of the room, the orientation to the cardinal points and the amount of light in the space. Here are some tips on how to green your apartment appropriately:
Herbs for the kitchen
Enthusiasts of healthy and tasty home-cooked food certainly don’t miss pots of herbs in the kitchen. They are most often placed on the windowsill or near the window, so that they are close at hand. Ideally, your kitchen should face east.
The herbs most often found here are those suitable for cooking, salads or herb butter – classic parsley, oriental-scented coriander, spicy chives, but also thyme or basil. Herbs for tea are also popular – motherwort, lemon balm, sage, mint or the increasingly popular sweet stevia.
Plants for the balcony
After a bleak winter, the sun is starting to pull us outside and the sprouting greenery is inspiring us to create a little relaxation corner with plants at home. When choosing plants, we take into account the orientation of the balcony – after all, we want our greenery to thrive.
Flower borders on the balustrade are the most common, especially if we have a smaller balcony. Green walls with a structure to guide climbing plants are also popular. It’s up to you whether you prefer colourful flowers or plants with interesting foliage in different shades of green. And you can expand your collection of herbs from the kitchen here, too.
Plants suitable for the bedroom
Those with pointed leaves should be moved to another room, as they could be distracting in the bedroom. Strongly scented plants should also be avoided so as not to disturb sleep and rest.
Plants for shade
Not every corner of the apartment is full of light. Do you have some parts of your apartment facing north, or corners away from the window that you would like to decorate with greenery? There are also plants that benefit from shade.
Everybody knows the Sansevieria (mother-in-law’s tongue or bowstring hemp). It can handle sunny spots, but it also does well in the shade. Elegant zamioculcas is a hardy plant that, like mother-in-law’s tongue, can tolerate sunny to shady sites. It is suitable for forget-me-nots as it can tolerate drier soil better than overwatering.
Another plant that can handle shade is the dracena. However, it prefers more water, so keep an eye on it more often. Ferns, which are used to similar conditions from dense forests, will also thrive in shady interiors. Make sure they have plenty of moisture and they will reward you with their beautifully decorative leaves.
When looking for suitable plants for shade, a simple tip usually works – the darker the leaves, the less light the plant needs.
Plants as the electrosmog absorbers
Electrosmog is a growing problem indoors. In addition to this, various chemicals in building materials and the ubiquitous dust also pose a threat to health. Many plants have the ability to at least partially eliminate these pollutants.
Among the best absorbers of electrosmog are unpretentious cacti. These are said to be able to even reduce headaches. Among the “health saviours” we can also find the elegant zamioculcas or the unpretentious dracena. The mother-in-law’s tongue and the greenery will help with electrosmog, which clean the air even in shadier apartments.
Aloe vera is also suitable. It doesn’t require much watering, but likes light. Not only does it clean the air and beautify the environment, but we can also use it for injuries and problematic skin.
A few rules for adding greenery to your interior
- Adjust the size of the plants to the dimensions of the room. In smaller ones, use mainly windowsills or turn an empty corner into a relaxing space with greenery.
- Plants should not block access to a window, cupboard or prevent you from pulling out a drawer on a chest of drawers.
- Place larger plants on the floor, smaller ones on windowsills, shelves, side tables or chests of drawers.We choose pots that match the style and colour of the interior. In rustic or Provençal, terracotta and stoneware in natural and light colours with an interesting texture are suitable; in modern and minimalist, we prefer simple shapes, but we can reach for newer materials. The shape, colour and decoration of the pots should not compete with the plants or the interior, but complement them and bring an interesting detail.
- Lush greenery will complement and beautify any style. However, most plants are found in bohemian interiors, but also in rustic or Provençal interiors, where they create a feeling of homely comfort and bring a favourite natural element into the home.