Green is the colour of renewal and life. When it comes to decorating your home, introducing some greenery can help clean the air, improve your mood, and turn your home into a lush personal retreat.
However, if you weren’t born with a green thumb, it might be tempting to spruce up your space with artificial plants. Fortunately, making some small changes around your home can help you achieve the green makeover of your dreams, even if you’re not a professional plant parent.
Transform your backyard into a green oasis.
When it comes to giving your home a green makeover, curating your own garden is the best way to get started. Gardening and landscaping not only help boost your home’s curb appeal, but they can also help you alleviate stress, add some physical activity to your daily routine, and enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labour.
When choosing the location for your outdoor garden, keep in mind that many fruits, vegetables, and perennials require full sun, with a minimum of five hours of direct sunlight each day. While southern gardens may benefit during the late afternoon, northern gardens need all the sunlight they can get.
If you’re not sure where to start, working with professional gardeners can help you transform your garden into a serene oasis. Gardening services can help you regain control over a space that’s grown wild with weeds and shrubs, and renovate your entire backyard. Most professional gardeners offer a wide range of garden maintenance services, from cutting back bushes to re-mulching and trimming trees.
Create your own indoor jungle.
Houseplants aren’t just ideal for turning your home into an indoor jungle—they’re also good for your health. According to research by NASA, houseplants help improve air quality and eliminate harmful toxins, removing up to 87 percent of air toxins in 24 hours. Studies have also shown that indoor plants can improve cognitive function, boost productivity, and reduce psychological stress levels, making them a perfect addition to your home or office.
To start your indoor garden, try decorating with some indoor potted plants for beginners like golden pothos, spider plants, and cacti. Alternatively, if you have more indoor space to spare, try adding a fiddle leaf fig, rubber tree, or snake plant to your living room. Many indoor plants require minimal maintenance and indirect light, so you can create a lush indoor jungle even if you don’t have direct sunlight.
Start growing your own herbs.
Maybe you don’t have enough backyard space to create an outdoor garden—or you don’t have the time and energy to devote to maintaining your garden bed. Either way, growing your own herbs indoors is a great alternative that can help introduce some greenery to your home.
From tasty mint to fragrant lavender, starting an indoor herb garden can be an incredibly rewarding experience. As an added bonus, it can even help you save money when cooking!
If you’re just getting started, consider choosing dependable, everyday-cooking herbs, such as sage, coriander, basil, and parsley. Many local garden centers and retailers sell seeds for different types of plants and herbs, or you can try searching online for fun varieties. To start growing, all you need is pots, potting compost, seeds, and indirect light.
Incorporate some natural accents.
Adding natural greenery to your home doesn’t mean you have to crowd your living room with huge plants, especially if you’re living in a smaller space. Instead, incorporating some natural, seasonal accents around your home—for example, by adding an orchid to your kitchen counter—can help breathe life into your space without feeling too overwhelming.
Orchids are the perfect contrast to shorter, bushier houseplants, such as ferns. Alternatively, you can add more playful natural accents such as moss in rustic containers and group them together to create beautiful garden vignettes.
There’s no better way to add green to your home than adding lush, natural accents to your indoor and outdoor space. From placing a few houseplants throughout your home to starting an outdoor garden, making small changes around your home can help you completely transform your space.
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