With spring just around the corner, an interior stylist has offered her ultimate guide to choosing the perfect houseplants for every room in your home.
Tara Solberg, from New South Wales, rounded up the best indoor plants, ranging from a classic peace lily in the bedroom to an air purifying snake plant in the kitchen.
‘Having plants in your home promotes wellbeing and clean living, especially now that we’re spending a lot of time at home,’ Tara said.
If there’s plenty of natural lighting in your home, she suggested going ‘all out’ to create an indoor oasis with lush potted and hanging plants and cascading greenery.
Australian interior stylist Tara Solberg (pictured) has offered her ultimate guide to finding the perfect houseplants for every room in your home
Bedroom: A classic peace lily (pictured) helps improve air quality and oxygenate the room
The founder of Australian homeware brand Few & Far said your bedroom should always be ‘comforting’ and ‘relaxing’.
‘It’s a place for you to rest and rejuvenate. With this in mind, the greenery you select for this sacred space must promote a sense of tranquility and calm,’ she explained.
Consider plants associated with aromatherapy like lavender or jasmine to boost your mood or promote restorative sleep.
If fragrance isn’t your thing, choose something to improve air quality and oxygenate the room like a classic peace lily.
‘Plants from the Chinese evergreen family don’t thrive in a draft or any wind, so they’re perfect for a bedroom where the air is still and calm,’ she said.
In the kitchen, Tara suggested keeping a small potted snake plant (right) and herbs (left)
In the kitchen, Tara suggested keeping a small potted snake plant because of its ability to ‘filter the air of some of the harmful toxins caused by cleaning products’.
Growing fresh herbs in the kitchen will not only transform the space with greenery, but will offer easy snipping distance when you’re in the middle of cooking.
If you want to include a pop of colour in your bathroom, add an exotic orchid like a purple phalaenopsis
‘Keep a couple of essentials like basil or mint near a sunny window or style them next to your basin,’ she said.
BATHROOM AND LAUNDRY
In the bathroom or laundry, she said any plants you include will need be those that thrive in a hot, humid environment and can tolerate low, indirect light.
‘So, straight away, you can rule out any succulents and cacti,’ she said.
Ferns are absolutely perfect for bathrooms. The maidenhair fern or devil’s ivy are two particularly pretty plants, especially when its delicate little leaves drape over the edge of a pot.’
If you want to include a pop of colour in your bathroom, especially if you’re renting or the bathroom has been made all-white, she said you should consider adding a collection of exotic orchids like a purple phalaenopsis or bright yellow potinara.
‘They thrive in humid settings and, when cared for correctly, will produce colourful blooms each and every year,’ Tara said.
In the bathroom or laundry, Tara recommended maidenhair ferns (pictured) because they thrive in a hot, humid environment and can tolerate low, indirect light
For the home office, Tara said plants should not be ‘too big that they impede the way you work’ or ‘encroach on your eyeline’ because you run the risk of becoming too distracted.
‘For this reason, you might like to keep a small, green plant on the side of your desk or hanging above your computer. Consider placing succulents for your tabletop and devils ivy, air plants or hoya plants for hanging,’ she said.
In the living room, Tara said you should consider styling with statement plants like a rubber fig (pictured) or an indoor palm tree
‘Jade plants are also great because they are said to contain “chi”, or positive energy, and when it comes to the past 12 months, this is something of which we can all use a little more.’
In the living room, Tara said you should consider styling with statement plants because you have a bigger space to play with than bedrooms or kitchen.
‘It is important to consider how the plant will appear in the living room both vertically and as part of the floor plan overall,’ she said.
‘Embrace playfulness and scale. Vast, tall potted palms are perfect in the living space, because they can add life and colour to an unused corner in the room.
‘If your living room doesn’t allow for a large pot, you might like to include smaller, more manageable houseplants like the rubber or cast-iron varieties that can sit atop feature planter stands.’
Tara’s top five plant styling tips
1. Consider variations in your pot sizes when it comes to styling
2. A go-to styling trick is to place our pots on and amongst stacks of coffee table books or magazines. It can add interest to your sideboard or console and bring life into a hallway or entry.
3. Do not be afraid of artificial plants. It’s amazing how far faux flowers and foliage have come. There are so many high-quality artificial plants available these days that you almost wouldn’t know the difference.
4. Ensure you treat these faux plants with the same respect and care as their real-life counterparts – pop them in a pretty pot or planter just as you would a real plant, dust them regularly and even try covering with some dried moss or bark to make them look that little bit more realistic.
5. Pots with no drainage hole mean you can just place the plant right inside with its plastic container. This makes it easy to replace or swap out from time to time if you want to mix it up a bit, not to mention the planter catches the water, so it’s perfect for indoors (no spillage).