5 Reasons to Design

Live plants are significant home accessories — and — occasionally they are even able to become key design components by themselves. The next time you find an unused corner or vacant shelf in your house, consider earning a plant to fill out the space. Five reasons :

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Plants can function as functional design components. Many homes in today’s suburban areas have great rooms. When most homeowners love the idea of a fantastic room, it may also be a curse; it is hard to understand where one functional space ends and the next one begins. Large indoor shrubs or trees are the best solution. Use them as room dividers or to flank an area to produce a more limited passing.

By using a plant with this purpose you infuse life to the space and avoid making the divider feel too thick. If you are daring, put a potted tree in the middle of large open area to make a gentle room divider. The absolute size and shape of the potted tree adds a real punch to the interior.

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Plants soften architectural components. Natural materials supply textures that are hard to recreate. Sometimes there is absolutely no substitute for the real thing. This structured planting of reeds has an important role in softening the stone wall and wood columns. This concept may be used around large windows or on either side of front door. Wherever the place, the softness of the planting keeps the hard surfaces from overpowering the distance and making it feel cold.

Plants fill out a corner with lifetime. Portland designer Garrison Hullinger is a dear friend of mine and is excellent at using plants in his insides. For those corners in your house that don’t seem right for a piece of furniture, consider a large plant to fill out the space. By placing this plant in the corner behind the seat, the room feels intimate without being crowded by additional furniture. This sort of arrangement works great when the place is out of high-traffic places.

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Plants may balance out your design. The ideal plant in the wrong place will throw away the look and feel of an entire room. It may be too little in a bigger space, or just have too much quantity and overwhelm nearby design components. When selecting a large houseplant, consider quantity as well as overall width and height. A really full tree before a window may block an excessive amount of natural light. And you don’t want to need to brush aside fronds from a nearby plant to continue a dialogue with your buddies.

By taking height, width and quantity into consideration, you are going to pick a plant which fills the space perfectly. For instance, this tall, complete tree is used to balance out the traditional writing desk and accessories on the opposing side of the fireplace. Proportion isn’t always about items the same dimensions; it is about slimming down.


The planter is another opportunity for layout. A paint-dipped pot makes a statement beside your Eames rocker. Any other pot would have just vanished.

Accessibility to well-designed planters is much easier today than it had been years ago. There are probably several garden stores or other design tools in your city which have a broad choice of intriguing planters to grow your overall layout.

Consider placing colored figurines to work with your color story, or metal figurines to get a more industrial feel. Also, with all the improvement in resin technologies, there are now plenty of planters that seem like stone at tenth of the weight.

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