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  • Anji Connell

Interiorscaping - Let the Outdoors In and Breathe


Bringing the outdoors in has gained a lot of momentum during our lockdown and social distancing, particularly for homes lacking outdoor space. “Interiorscaping” to give it its correct term, is basically the "landscaping" of our indoor space - bringing nature inside to reap the emotional and environmental benefits plants offer. They not only make us feel better just by looking at them, they also absorb harmful chemicals, regulate humidity, and increase oxygen levels helping us to sleep better.


For an especially dramatic look - if you have a roof, and especially if you have a double height home, adding a skylight not only lets the light flood in, it offers an opportunity for an indoor garden. Adding a tree that can grow up through the space looks fabulous and is undoubtedly a discussion-worthy focal point. Indoor plants aren't just good for us - they also have an incredible design impact, structural drama and visual intrigue and visual intrigue. For an especially dramatic look - if you have a roof, and especially if you have a double height home, adding a skylight not only lets the light flood in, it offers an opportunity for an indoor garden. Adding a tree that can grow up through the space looks fabulous and is undoubtedly a discussion-worthy focal point. Indoor plants aren't just good for us - they also have an incredible design impact, structural drama and visual intrigue and visual intrigue.

Indoor plants fulfil the same roles plants do outside; they lead the eye, create focal points, providing repetition and contrast. They frame views and lend texture, colour, and form. Plus, plants are calming, they add a visual stimulus, they can also add scent, and provide a splash of colour. They can be used to achieve a sculptural element or a softening effect. Go for the look you feel most comfortable with, lush and green, or minimal and sculptural, create away. Explore social media, flower shops and markets to see what you like and what’s available seasonally.

Look for unusual flowers and plants, cacti, aloes, and succulents. Vibrant, patterned foliage with variegated, striped leaves and a mix of foliage will add movement to the space. Include hanging and climbing plants, for depth and interest. Hang them from the ceiling, across and hanging from shelves, across ceilings, and climbing up walls - there are no rules. Add branches, and moss scapes for texture, terrariums and mirrors, for reflection, herbs for scent, and dwarf fruit trees, for their scent and a splash of colour in the their blossom and fruit. Add verticality with living walls, moss walls, hanging plants, and kokedamas, [string gardens], air plants, terrariums, adding add layers, textures, and interest. For the not so greened fingered among us succulents and cacti, and aloe Vera are easy to look after.

Enliven the overlook look by adding seasonal fresh flowers to the mix. This lets you change the look to fit with your mood, the occasion, and the season.