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Incorporating Flora

Updated: Feb 27, 2020

Plants are often overlooked in the home, at times being used as accessories to the rest of the interior rather than part of it. Plants add texture, life and a touch of comfort to an otherwise cold or empty room. Examples include succulents or cacti in a bathroom and artificial flowers on a windowsill.

There are however more reasons to include flora into an interior. Plants have many psychological benefits including an improved mood, reduced stress levels, increased productivity, and increased speed of reactions (RHS, 2019).

They have also been proven to produce benefits to the physical health, including improving indoor air quality by removing airborne pollutants, reducing blood pressure, and reducing fatigue and headaches.

Depending on your requirements and request, we can pay extra attention to the flowers and plants we use to ensure they provide as much of a benefit in these areas as possible. Whether you would like vibrant flowers to bring life to a living area or you would like plants that are particularly effective at removing VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) from the air like benzene and formaldehyde, we'd be happy to help.

If you would like to try your own hands at sprucing up your home with plants, we've put together some handy tips to get started.

1. Be careful with large plants

While large plants are great at making a statement and are very versatile, they can be overwhelming, creating clutter and looking out of place when they're close together or if they're placed against busy walls, for example. Try using large plants in areas that are bare - like a plain wall, an empty corner or next to minimalist furniture. Smaller plants can be used more abundantly, on window sills, shelves, table tops, chests and wall organisers to fill space where needed.

2. Don't be afraid to use accessories with plants/flowers too

Accessories and soft furnishings that take inspiration from nature can be extremely vibrant and characterful, and work just as well as plants themselves at softening otherwise abrupt furniture like those made from dark wood or cast iron. See below for some examples of spreading plants across a whole interior.

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3. Plants do not compete with other colours

Plants do a great job of bringing life to any area, big or small. Because they can be placed anywhere and are mostly shades of green, they rarely go against a colour scheme and often enhance it by breaking up large blocks of colour, like a palette cleanser for the eyes. Don't worry about matching the green to another colour like purple or yellow. They will work with neutral colours like white and beige, blues, even ornate interiors that contain lots of gold won't be compromised.

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