Creating a welcoming atmosphere in your home {Part 3- Flowers and greenery}

So, this is the exact sort of post which would benefit from ‘scratch and sniff’ technology (come on computer scientists, get to it!)

Welcome to part 3 of ‘Creating a welcoming atmosphere in your home’ If you missed the previous posts, you can catch up here {Part 1} and here {Part 2}

Have you ever thought a space in your home seems to lack a little something but you can’t quite put your finger on it? The chances are, that something, is something green. Plants can completely transform a space and bring it to life (quite literally) They add texture, colour, height and a much needed natural element to a room. Bringing the outdoors in doesn’t always mean bunches of flowers in a vase though, there’s lots of ways to add greenery to your home…


Succulents

I am a huge fan of succulents and have them in almost every room in my house. They come in a beautiful array of colours from sage greens and burnt oranges to deep purples and muted greys. They are inexpensive and best of all, they’re hardy little things aka difficult to kill off . These plump-leaved plants store water in their juicy tissues, making them a forgetful gardener’s dream. Get creative in how you plant them, be it a pretty teacup, a patterned bowl or a vintage tin.

Take a look at these beautiful ideas….

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Via Molly Makes
Succulents in bowls
Via Target
Succulents in a tin
Via Craft Gawker

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Dried flowers

Dried flowers have many more decorative possibilities than fresh flowers. They go through a preservation process which maintains the properties of the plants so that they have the same appearance as fresh flowers just without any of the maintenance. Thanks to this process, you can enjoy the beauty of flowers and plants for a far longer time, making it possible to create decorative displays with preserved plants that would be impossible to make with fresh plants. Take this gel candle for example, decorated with Spring blossoms, florals and leaves, isn’t it beautiful?!

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Via Sainsburys

Dried leaves and ferns look stunning cased in antique glass frames too. Take a look at this breathtaking display, what an absolute triumph in interior styling…

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Via Shed 5

This wreath has been created by loosely tying together branches of rosemary. I love rosemary, it’s definitely my herb of choice and I might be trying this myself! Wouldn’t it look and smell absolutely divine hung in the kitchen?

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Via Rated People

Terrariums

A terrarium is like an aquarium, but for plants instead of fish. They have made somewhat of a resurgence over the last few years and I can see why. They’re super low maintenance, can be made in just about any glass container and look beautiful! They can be used to create miniature gardens in your home, perfect for those of us living in apartments who perhaps don’t have a garden but still want to exercise their green fingers! Terrariums tap into the interior trend for all things botanical and be hung from the ceiling if you are lacking in surface space. Here are some of my favourites…

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Supersized Glass Prism Terrarium Via Cox & Cox
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The Oola Rose Gold Terrarium is a steal at £20 Via Joy Store
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Twelve-sided glass house terrarium Via SOLELYBYUS on Etsy

Cut flowers

A lovely bunch of  coconuts  fresh flowers brings me so much joy! Their bright colours and lovely fragrances instantly lift your mood and make your home welcoming and inviting. A thoughtfully placed vase or jug of flowers will always bring a smile to your face. Why not put some in your hallway so it’s the first thing you and guests see when entering your home or on a windowsill to be admired by passers by and seen every time you walk up the drive? Just think, each time you walk into or through your home, those flowers will make you feel welcome and “at home” too. If you’re blessed enough to have a blooming garden, why not pick some seasonal stems and display in a jar? Doesn’t this colourful display of snowdrops, hydrangeas and blossoming cherry tree branches look lovely…

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Via Funky Junk Interiors

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Via Rightmove

The vase of orchids makes this hallway!

The secret to keeping cut flowers looking good as long as possible is to minimize the growth of bacteria in the water. To extend the life of your cut flowers, try putting a penny in the vase; copper is a fungicide and will help keep bacteria and fungi from growing. Also, don’t forget to change the vase water every few days.


Potted plants

Replacing fresh-cut flowers can be costly over time, so potted plants are a cheaper alternative which will last longer too if you look after them.  The long weekend is a perfect opportunity to head on over to your local garden centre and pick up some beauties! For best results, remember to do a little research on whatever varieties of plant you choose so that you know whether to place them in full sun or indirect light and how often to water them etc…

I love the Calandiva plant. You can pick one up for around £3 from your local supermarket (I get mine from either Morrisons or Marks & Spencers) I always have one on my coffee table as it likes a well-lit position away from direct sunlight (a temperature of 15-22 °C is ideal) and it only needs a little watering to keep the compost moist (which I can just about manage!)

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Via Sweet Paper Treats

So there you have it, here’s a round up of my favourite interiors which use greenery oh so well…

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Gorgeous ferns and banana leaf plants. Via Southern Living
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A lovely collection of herbs, flowers and plants in a bright, fresh kitchen. Via Home Conceptor
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The use of plants in this office makes for a calm, natural space. Via Emily Henderson
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A jug of hydrangeas helps complete the stunning navy-blue colour scheme. Via Joules

Do you love flowers and greenery in your home? Are you inspired to head down to your garden centre this weekend? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Whatever your plans (whether they involve plants or not!) I hope you enjoy the Bank holiday weekend with loved ones.

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