New year, new plants

Taking decorations down after the festive period can leave our homes feeling a little empty so there’s no better time than January to add some much-needed flare to our homes with houseplants.

Set the tone for 2022 by adding different varieties of plants to your indoor space which guarantee to create a relaxing atmosphere to start the new year off right.

Senior Houseplant Buyer at Dobbies, the UK’s leading Garden Centre retailer, Claire Bishop is encouraging customers to start – or add to – their houseplant collection and reap the benefits of the added greenery.

Claire has shared her top tips on her favourite houseplants, and where she recommends you place them for maximum effect.

Tropical rainforest bathroom

Create a sanctuary in your bathroom by styling multiple houseplants around the space for a relaxing rainforest feel whilst soaking in the bathtub. The Calathea is a great choice for this space as not only does it feature visually striking foliage, but it also works as great air purifier. Tillandsia, also known as Spanish Moss, is also a fantastic plant for the bathroom, with long wiry stems that add dimension to wall spaces.

By choosing fresh foliage in your bathroom and introducing climbing plants, you can create a tropical vibe that will have you imagining you’re bathing in the tropics.

Make a statement in the living room

Our living rooms form the heart of the household, where we come together as a family to spend quality time with one another. Houseplants are a great way to brighten up these spaces and can work well to complement your existing home décor. An apothecary glass cabinet filled with rare houseplants can really make a statement in a room and create a showstopping display guaranteed to impress guests. Claire recommends layering different sizes of plants to create a full effect, such as Monsteras, Calatheas and Syngonium Podophyllum Albo.

Another easy way to make a statement in your living room is by styling a few large plants together in a corner for a pop of colour and life. By layering different textures and heights with plants like Monstera and Dypsis, you can create a dramatic effect that will elevate your interiors and purify the air at the same time.

Bring zen to your home office

With a lot of people continuing to work remotely, our home office spaces deserve some TLC. The area we work in should be filled with things that help us increase our productivity, and plants do just that.

Houseplants have been proven to have major mood-boosting power, leaving people feeling overall happier by their presence. Claire suggests sprucing up the shelves above your desk with some small potted plants to bring a sense of zen your home office.

Breathe life into small spaces

If you’re working with limited space, or simply want to add some low-fuss greenery to your coffee table, Claire suggests grouping together Succulents or small plants to create a mini jungle you can personalise to suit your style. Succulents such as the Echeveria and Euphorbia require little watering, meaning they’re perfect for first-time plant parents or those looking for some low-maintenance greenery to brighten up their living space.

Potted plants like Sansevieria and Haworthia are also great for styling in smaller spaces and can be arranged on a side table to bring a pop of fun to your home.

Candice Farrow

Fashion and lifestyle blogger from North East, England.

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