Indoor House Plants: Things to Consider Before You Purchase

by interior designer

in Accessories

Indoor house plants make wonderful additions to a home interior space. Not only do they increase the freshness and natural aroma of a room, they can also be a tool in your arsenal of home decorating action plans. Everyone will have a recent memory of last entering someone’s home and being awestruck by the magnificent floral arrangements that complimented their interior design. This doesn’t mean they had filled their rooms with flowers, merely they had coordinated the settings and locations so as to maximise the plants’ beauty.

House plants come in many shapes, sizes and types. Depending on the existing d├ęcor of the room, some of these will be ideal, and some not. So what are the three main types of indoor house plants?

1. Flowering plants

These include the Medinilla, the Oilcloth flower and various types of Lilly.oilcloth-indoor-flowering-plant

2. Foliage plants

Indoor foliage plants differ from the flowering indoor plants in that they rarely if ever produce flowers. These include the Chinese Evergreen Plant, English Ivy and various types of Fern.

3. Tropical plants

People often assume indoor tropical plants will be expensive, but this is not always the case. This range includes the Areca Palm, the Parlour Palm and the Mother-In-Law’s Tongue Plant (ideal gifts for son-in-laws).

During the process of choosing your indoor house plants, it is vital to consider the various factors present in the room where they will be displayed. Daylight is the most important. Does the room have a lot of natural light? Or does it have small windows and face where the sun rarely shines to its fullest extent?

House plants that need a lot of daylight are best placed in rooms with many windows that also receive a lot of sunlight. For indoor plants that prefer shade, then think about placing these in hallways, basements, bathrooms and rooms with few windows.

peaceful-indoor-house-plantIf you subscribe to the principles of feng shui, then indoor plants will be an important addition to your interior space. A living energy directly from the earth, in the form of a plant, will help to bring balance to a room. Some house plants such as the Peace Plant are said to have special meaning in relation to feng shui, so this might be a good one to start off with.

Another consideration to take into account is the plant container. This can be in the form of a terracotta pot, a cheap plastic pot which you can wrap ribbons around or a metal tub. In a previous post I highlighted a modern stainless steel polygon flower planter. This would go with most types of house plant.

Last but not least, if you are not very green fingered or you travel often and therefore cannot water the plants as much as they would need, then artificial house plants might be a sensible option. They will always come second best to the real live version but nevertheless, can add a lot of color and form to an interior space. Whilst they don’t need watering, they will need dusting every now and then.

There are numerous other factors to take into consideration when buying an indoor house plant. Young children, pets, family members with allergies, the size of the room and the climate of your location are all things to think about. With a little planning and research you will be able to find the perfect plants for your home interior.

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Todd and Jen 05.15.09 at 03:15

Very nice article about a very nice way to decorate your home.

We especially like your thoughts on artificial house plants. A lot of folks are on the go but want a great look that is easy to maintain.

Keep up the great work!

Slices of Beauty 05.15.09 at 09:30

Beautiful.
Timely advice, looking at in door flowers at the moment.
Thank you.

maureen 05.15.09 at 09:48

i’d love to have plants allover my house!:) these r great tips. any ideas on indoor plants with big leaves that’s pretty easy to take care of? i need one for my living room.

interior designer 05.15.09 at 09:56

Maureen: For house plants with big leaves you should look at the Philodendron. They have easy to care for leaf surfaces too. Also check out the rather fascinating large leafed Ceriman plant.

Slices of Beauty: You’re welcome.

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