Houseplants In Your Home

Houseplants add texture, color, and fragnance, and can even purify the air, Her's how to use houseplants well in you home.

1. Choose the right size and shape plant for the space. A foyer with a catheral ceiling would show off a 6 to 8 foot tree, such as a palm or fig. A coffee table would look elegant with a low, spreading ivy or pothos. The tops of bookcases and kitchen cabinets can be softened with cascading ivy.

2. Group houseplants together. If you have an ideal spot in your home for housepalants, such as a sunroom, it's fun to create an indoor garden with clusters of pots. Mix a variety of heights, shapes, leaf textures, colors, and sizes. Use similar pots for a unified look.

3. Kitchen and bathroom window are natural spots for houseplants because they offer light, humidity, and a ready water source. Install narrow shelves of wood or glass, supported with brackets attached to the cabinets or window frame.

4. Utilize the area in front of the stationary half of a sliding glass door. It is an ideal place to grow houseplants because of the abundant light. Find an attractive plant stand or bookshelf with no back that can hold a variety of pots.

5. Use saucers. Protect furniture and floors with waterproof saucers. Plain clay saucers can wick moisture, so look for glazed types or plastic look-alikes. Further protect surfaces by setting the saucers on top of coasters or cork mats to allow for air circulation underneath.

6. Keep colors in mind. Houseplant foliage comes in a surpirsing variety of colors; choose those that will harmonize or contrast with the colors in the room. Also consider flower color, and choose colors that will look good with your home's decor.

Posted 2010-09-10 and updated on Sep 30, 2010 10:27pm by hdpt

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