Adding a little touch of green to your home can improve its overall atmosphere. It’s not just about aesthetics either, as house plants are proven to influence moods and even your wellbeing.
An article from Bayer Advanced listed a myriad of health benefits from indoor greenery including improved air quality and humidity. Psychological effects from the presence of indoor plants were also observed such as enhanced concentration and lessened anxiety.
The only catch is you’d have to devote a few minutes of your time every day to care for the plants. Though you might even enjoy that part as well considering that it’s relaxing!
Terrariums and Planters
That being said, it’s time to learn how to create your own patches of indoor greenery. One of the best ways to do this is by placing terrariums or planters or both.
The great thing about terrariums and planters is that they don’t take up too much space, and yet, they can beautify an entire room. Both planters and terrariums can be hanged on walls or placed on tabletops, bedside drawers, on a dining table, or even inside the bathroom.
An arrangement shared by Impressive Interior Design showed a terrarium on top of a stool in the bathroom. Check out how the plant spices up the colour of the room.
That’s just one unconventional placement, which ultimately signifies that terrariums and planters can be placed anywhere you like. Once you’ve chosen your sweet spots, the next step is to pick your plants.
There are lots of ready-made planters and terrariums available for purchase, but if you prefer something more personal, you can make your own version.
A step-by-step guide from Inhabitat showed just how easy it is to create your own terrariums. The main components are a container of your choice, pebbles or glass chunks, activated charcoal or carbon, soil, and the plants.
For the container, you can use any unused glass container. Vases, cups, old fishbowls, and other similar items – all of them can work. Top Inspirations even highlighted a terrarium made from a margarita glass. Now that’s classy and sassy!
The other components can be bought at your local gardening store, or you can collect pebbles and soil if you have a relative or friend with a garden or backyard. Plus points for cost-effectiveness!
After cleaning it, put a layer of pebbles or glass shards at the bottom, followed by a layer of activated charcoal, then the soil, and finally the prepped plant. Making planters follow the same process more or less, except that you can use pots instead of glass containers. Either way, the ambience of your home will certainly improve tenfold.
The only tricky part is choosing the plants, basically because it’s hard to decide, as there are tons of them. To help you out, group them into categories. There are cacti, succulents, ferns, tropicals, etc. This method is advisable as well, given that different kinds require different quantities of soil and water. For instance, cacti can survive with less water as opposed to tropical plants. Needless to say, placing them together in one container isn’t ideal.
Moreover, you may add attachments or accessories to your project. A blog post from Tootsa featured various terrariums and planters, with some having platforms, a stand or a hanger. Similarly, you can place accessories like miniature animals or figurines inside to make it more original.
Now that you know about terrariums and planters, it’s time to ‘greenify’ your interiors. Don’t forget to share your finished projects so that others will be inspired to create their own!
Guest post by Alize Cheri