Apr 22, 2016
We were initially meant to focus on the ‘Nature Lovers’ of the society while verbalizing an article for ‘Earth Day’. But then we realized, why deprive the Design Fanatics of the latest Trend of 2016 – Green Interiors. Priyanka Padode, CEO of DezignGenie.com, addresses the progressing issue of the imbalance between work and home life, thereby endorsing the inclusion of some ‘Green’ into urban homes to counteract our dependency on technology and lack of time to appreciate nature. So embrace the ‘Go Green’ approach (in vogue, of course)! Here are a few ways Priyanka recommends to decorate the living room with a few ‘functional’ plants, which purify the air by either releasing oxygen in the night or filtering xylene, formaldehyde, ammonia, etc. (toxic components) from your room. Read on for ‘clean & chic’ solutions in the true sense…
Snake Plant: This plant complements a high-ceiling room because of its tall-structured leaves. Placing it in an attractive mud or metal pot could add an artsy touch to your living room. If you have a narrow stretch to spare, you could also fix this plant along with some pebbles and stones above a layer of soil to give it an outdoorsy feel!
Tips to take care: Tend to it with moderate to bright light, low to moderate watering and avoid repotting the plant unless necessary.
Golden Pothos: This plant usually poses as a gorgeous vine in any space. Placing it on a high shelf and allowing it to cascade naturally is a recommended look with this climber. It’s free-falling characteristic paired with its need for minimal space adds a dainty look to the room.
Tips to take care: Treat it with lighting and water the same way as you did for the above, and untangle vines once in a while.
Golden Pothos as a Creeper
Spider Plant: Often confused with the Snake Plant, this one is less sturdy, hence making it seem shorter and rather bundled. A mid-sized pot for this long-leaved air cleanser is an apt form of its decoration. Due to its huddled look, it seats itself best in a spacious room (usually the living room).
Tips to take care: Nurture it with bright light and abundant amount of water to produce baby spider plants (which make lovely gifts by the way!)
Dwarf Banana: DG recommends placing this plant by a full-length window, as it needs sunlight in abundance while it’s broad radiating leaves make your space seem bigger!
Tips to take care: Grow it with maximum exposure to the sun, fertilize it often and keep soil evenly moist. The key to its longevity is turning the plant periodically!
Dwarf Banana Plant
Peace Lily: Now comes the elegant flower to enhance any room with a clean and smooth finish! This petite addition to the living room, placed on a decorative console will enhance the look while also cleansing the air. Refreshing indeed…
Tips to take care: Thrives in low light conditions and evenly moist soil (might just make a beautiful centerpiece!)
Aloe Vera: This one isn’t just used for clear skin, but also clear air! DG recommends placing this plant in a secluded corner to avoid a pokey situation. For those interested in a little Feng Shui, quite unlike its prickly texture, it brings harmony and positivity into the room!
Tips to take care: Flourishes in abundant sunlight and wide rather than deep pots, which dry soil out between waterings faster.
Gerbera Daisy: This daisy is more than just a pretty face. DG recommends placing it in your bedroom as it soaks up trichloroethylene and benzene often brought in by your dry-cleaning. Little did you know that dry cleaning needed further cleaning…
Tips to take care: Blooms in direct sunlight (at least six hours) when placed in pots with drainage holes to ensure less moist soil.
Red-Edged Dracaena: This distinctive version of the many dracaenas is attractive with its wine coloured edges and the ability to grow at least 15 feet tall! DG suggests this plant for a living room with high ceilings, preferably in a bungalow to avoid the space from a clumsy and claustrophobic feel.
Tips to take care: Temper it in a warm but bright area, with indirect sunlight. Drain the plant with water in pot with sufficient holes to avoid stagnancy.
English Ivy: This cutesy plant does wonders in terms of reducing airborne fecal-matter particles. DG recommends placing this tiny one by a windowsill, or even as a decorative hanging pot!
Tips to take care: Breeds well in moist soil and direct sunlight for at least four hours.
Ferns: Favoured for their soft, feathery leaves, ferns often help purify your indoor air. Here’s a rather interesting spot that DG has found for these lush green fronds – the bathroom (our tips will tell you exactly why), or for a more conventional approach, place these in pots with damp pebbles or clay.
Tips to take care: Ferns love humidity and low sunlight, hence tepid, soft water in regular intervals is recommended for a beautiful plant on the ledge.
Now pick which plant goes best with your home décor and preserve Mother Earth, in style! If you’ve found this article helpful, or know of more such tips, please share in the comments below.
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