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DECORATING WITH LIVE PLANTS

One of the easiest ways to add life to your rental property is with live plants. Plants can flourish in a number of different atmospheres (well, certain plants can) which means you can add some luscious greens, deep red hues and any other color you want to your interior décor. There is no right or wrong way to decorate with live plants. However, there are a few tips and tricks to consider when choosing your plants and determining where to place them.

Live Plant Selection

Consider which plants will complement your interior décor. For a room with earthy tones, consider a bright bold plant with large leaves that adds to this comfort. If you are going for a Southwestern look with bright colors, add a cacti to the corner to keep up with the motif. If you are going for that earthy airy look, look for plants in the palm family to add to that laid back beachy vibe. This is a great look for any outdoor area or conservatory with light wicker furniture. For a feminine look, consider frilly ferns or any other plant that comes with soft leaves. A fern can complement the flowery patterns on your bedroom quilt, on your guest room curtains or on your kitchen tablecloth, for example.

You also need to consider the safety of your plant selection. If you have small children or animals, then make sure the plants you choose are not toxic. Young children and animals love to explore everything in the house, including the corner where you keep your rhododendron, a toxic plant for dogs. Familiarize yourself with the dangers of each plant and choose accordingly.

Placing your Plants

Live plants can complement any room. A live plant in the bathroom can create a spa-like ambience while a collection of plants in the living room can add a tropical feel even while you're cleaning or repairing toilet clogs. Adding a centerpiece of live plants to the kitchen table will brighten up any dining experience. You may also want to add a large fern or similar tree to the office and even a few plants in the bedroom.

However, keep in mind that there is such a thing as too many plants. For example, a room with 25 live plants can start looking for like a jungle rather than a kitchen. If you are going for a leafy look, you can group plants all together in one corner to brighten up the area and create your own indoor garden oasis. Choose plants that have a similar lightening and watering schedule for easy maintenance.

Plants look great in corners, especially larger ones. You can choose pots that complement your couch, area rug and any other furniture. You can even use the same fabric used in your curtains or on a blanket to cover the pot plants. If you are working with a number of smaller plants, consider purchasing an extra large pot plant and scattering the plants together. You can use any type of container other than a traditional pot plant, such as a basket or treasure trunk. If you are grouping plants together, it is a good idea to pair them with similar sizes. For example, a large 8 foot plant next to a small 2 foot plant can leave your home looking improperly balanced.

Plants can not only help brighten any living space but can also help brighten you mood. When it comes to decorating with live plants, there are so many different options according to your style, your budget and your needs. Ask an expert at your local garden shop if you are unfamiliar with plant maintenance, selection and care.

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