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House plants have the dual benefit of working as a design element and improving your living spaces. They can boost your mood, improve air quality, and add a welcome organic element. Here are some tips to consider when adding more plants to your Chicago home:
Which Plants Do You Need?
The concept of a ‘green thumb’ doesn’t exist. Knowing which plants function best in which areas and what each individual plant requires to thrive, is knowledge that’s available to everyone. Some plants are easier to care for than others, and if you have minimal plant experience, you should choose low-maintenance plants. When you find a plant you like, ask yourself: How much light does it need? How often should it be watered? Then make sure you have the answers before making a purchase. There are several websites and apps that can help you identify your plant and tell you what it needs to stay healthy.
Utilize Plants as Art
Plants, along with their containers, can work in both modern and rustic spaces. The varied shapes, sizes, and colors can improve the aesthetic of any room and be as eye-catching as anything typically considered art. Thinking of your plants as pieces of art will assist you in getting more creative with how your display and placement. The sculptural element of plants can often transcend anything made from clay or plaster.
Instead of potted plants placed on the floor or table, consider vertical placement. You can find ideas for a wall of succulents or hanging planters all over the internet. Getting creative with walls and hanging options can help you incorporate more plants without adding clutter.
Mix Them Up
For a strong visual effect, choose different plant varieties of different sizes. Tiny succulents and air plants are perfect in the window, while a larger tree can brighten up your living room. As long as the plants can survive indoors—and in the specific room you choose— mixing and matching your favorite varieties is a great choice.
If you’d like some suggestions on local nurseries with knowledgeable staff, please reach out—I’d be happy to point you in the right direction.