Risk more nature - 10 ideas for a greener home

by tine sintermann on August 25, 2021

How about: jungle in the living room and hanging gardens in the bedroom? Everything is possible! And above all: good for the look, good for the well-being and good for a better indoor climate. Studies have also shown that plants in the home significantly reduce stress levels. Even if you don't have a green thumb yet: it's never too late to let more nature into your own four walls.

 

Before you get started, you should pay attention to the following

  • buy sustainable plants with a low carbon footprint, without pesticides and potting soil without peat. If possible, avoid cut flowers and opt for live houseplants.

  • think carefully beforehand about what kind of plants suit your style of living: Are you more minimalist arching hemp or exuberant fern?

  • buy plants that fit your lifestyle: How much time do you actually have to take care of the plants?

 

10 ideas for more green:

1. Herbs - more than a green spot in the kitchen

Kitchen herbs don't just go with Scandinavian or Country style - they simply belong in every kitchen. Find a sunny spot for them, water them regularly (but avoid waterlogging!). Good for growing your own are parsley, chives, mint and thyme, basil, cress, dill and oregano.

green kitchen 

2. Cacti and succulents - for the lazy ones

Cacti and other succulents (literally: the sap-rich) are extremely frugal in terms of care and water requirements. They grow very slowly, and some can live up to 200 years. No, cacti don't have to stand dutifully lined up on a windowsill! You can arrange several types of cacti and succulents stylishly as a decorative element - be sure to place it in a sunny spot. Create your own Pan-American corner!

Green at home: cactii

 

3. Fern - for starters

Why not start with a fern? There are many different species that are particularly suitable for the living room, for example, a hem fern, a sword fern or the particularly delicate maidenhair fern. A fern immediately brings a little tropical flair to the home. Be sure to consider what climate the selected variety needs: rather dry and cool or prefer sunny.

 Greens at home: fern

 

4. Containers - to each his own pot

Of course, the right pot belongs to the right plant. There are no limits to your creativity. Are you more the colorful DIY type who designs the cacti pots themselves? Or would you prefer a goldfish bowl with mini succulents as an eye-catcher? Cacti fit especially well in terrariums and become their own decorative element. For Urban Jungle corners, you can work with flower stands or hanging baskets at different heights. Some plants look particularly good in simple, classic containers. It all depends on your style!

 

5. Vertical - green walls and living pictures

Plants also fit on the wall! The latest trend are murals made of mosses in different colors and shapes. The advantage: These murals are not only extraordinary eye-catchers, they are also alive and extremely easy to maintain. Another way to green your walls are so-called plant walls, where you can transplant different plants vertically. There are prefabricated elements for this, but you can also make them yourself. 

 

 

6. Urban Jungle - it doesn't get any greener than this

Urban Jungle is more than just bringing nature into the home. You could almost say it's its own interior design style. Quite eclectic, you may decorate plants of any shape, color and size close together and completely disappear into them. Banana plants, ferns, ivy - from the bottom up and from the top down it greens. You can get inspiration from countless websites, such as UrbanJungleBloggers.

 

 

7. The classics - oldschool and stylish

There are houseplants that are really old-fashioned at first glance. Orchids behind the curtain on the windowsill, the dusty rubber tree in the living room and the water lily on the bookshelf. Why not use these plants intentionally as retro decor elements? After all, what plant would go better with a kidney table than a rubber tree? 

 

 

8. Sharing plants - instead of buying

Swap plants instead of buying them: A move abroad is coming up and your favorite rubber tree can't come with you? Don't throw it away, share it! There are different platforms where you can give away or swap plants. The platform botanoadopt.org goes one step further and appeals to your green responsibility. Because: Plants are also beings and must be lovingly cared for. You can adopt them, but you can't own them!

 

9. The healthy ones - for more well-being

Every plant is a natural air purifier. Dragon trees and ivy, for example, are particularly good at this. They filter pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene from the air and produce oxygen along the way. Curved hemp, orchids, cacti and other succulents even convert CO2 into oxygen at night. The same goes for aloe vera. At the same time, aloe vera is even a real medicinal plant, since the juice of its leaves is cooling, pain-relieving and moisturizing.

  

10. Hanging gardens - every cubic meter is used

Not enough space for the dragon tree in the living room? Then use plants that you can hang under the ceiling or let them grow down from cabinets and shelves. For example, ivy, the classic green lily, the dainty string of pearls or all kinds of ferns are suitable for this. And no: a hanging basket doesn't have to be macramé. There are countless chic and stylish ways to give flowers a hanging home. For example, how about an inverted gugelhupf shape?

 hanging plants at home