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Elevate your Indoor Plants through Interiorscaping

You probably have a few houseplants for a natural look. But if you want to elevate your interior space, consider interiorscaping.

Also called interior plantscaping, interiorscaping refers to designing and arranging plants and natural elements for a more visually appealing interior.

But this is much more than just buying a houseplant. Interiorscaping means deliberately choosing plants to integrate into a home’s design.

This doesn’t just look good; it feels good. Piles of research have shown that plants boost your mood, reduce stress and improve sleep. And interior trees, shrubs and flowers have a calming effect.

Interiorscaping is about how plants enhance your home — scaling the plants to the room’s dimensions is important. Like furniture, they need to fit and not just fill a hole; they should be integral to the design.

If you’ve decided to do a little interiorscaping, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Choose the right plants

Examine the sun/shade requirements for each plant and place accordingly. For instance, south-facing windows are sunny; north-facing are shady. Look for skylights and shady spots. Correct lighting can lead to easier care and a longer life for your plant.

Also, watch heat vents, they can quickly dry out and burn delicate foliage.

Consider your lifestyle

Choose carefully. If you’re the type to forget to water plants, buy plants that don’t need as much water. And try to choose a few that can be on the same watering schedule, reducing your work.

If you prefer lots of sunlight in your home, choose plants that thrive in it. In other words, buy plants that like to live like you.

Consider compatibility

Choose plants that look nice together and create pairings that contrast but are complementary. For example, the big leaves of Monstera work well next to the spiky foliage of a snake plant.

Placement is key

Triangulate plant placement, creating groups of three together or spaced apart. Place three plants together: tall, medium and short, or two on one side of the room and one on the other corner. And keep plants in odd numbers for visual interest.

Use planters strategically

Containers create dimension and balance. Play with colors and textures (ceramic, concrete, metal), and consider the style of your home and choose planters accordingly, like mid-century modern or farmhouse chic. You can also use plant stands to offer a boost in height.

Consider a designer

Finally, if this is too complicated, call a professional. Design and placement of plants in a home or office is just what a designer is for. Make sure your designer understands your lifestyle and aesthetics. Then you enjoy the end result.

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