Interior Design Tips - Indoor Plants as Design Accessories

Interior plants transform any room in the home, there is a plant for any location provided there is at least a glimmer of natural light. The choice of plant is obviously a matter of personal choice but generally there are some plants that complement a contemporary scheme and some that suit more traditional styles better. Most interior plants, particularly Palms, look good in almost any setting.

Some important things to think about when selecting plants to suit your home are:

Location. The environment in which you place your plant can be important. Don't put plants too close to radiators and avoid cold drafts. Whilst most house plants are tolerant of quite a wide range of light levels many will not like too much direct sunlight. Check the plant descriptions on this site for details. Good plants for direct sunlight are Beaucarnea and Yucca. Good plants for poorly lit areas are Philodendron, Blechnum and Epipremnum but there are many more.

Growth rate. Most indoor plants are relatively slow growing but if you do select a faster growing plant make sure that you allow enough room.

Pots and containers. Most people prefer to hide the plastic pot inside a container, Think about the shape, colour, size and proportions of the container relative to the plant and your room; the right container really can make all the difference. See our range of stylish containers for more ideas.

Grouping plants. House plants like garden plants can look stunning when arranged in mixed groups but consider how the colour, size and form of the plants complement each other. Many house plants look fabulous when a number of the same variety of plant are grouped geometrically in the same container. this is particularly effective in contemporary designs.

Interior Setting. Some plants look stunning when one or two are placed singly along a plain wall. Chose the more architectural species such as Dracena for the best effect. A big blousy plant such as Spatiphylum "Sensation" , the giant peace lily will make a unforgetable first impression in your entrance hall.

These are just a few ideas - the potential for using house plants to tranform your home is limited only by your imagination.