It’s a plant!

The benefit of a plant is to clean the air and add life to a flat space, writes Dr Vanessa Brady OBE International Interior Designer, SBID CEO

Taking the hard edge off of a room is often a difficult thing to achieve, enter the rubber plant and palm tree. Maintaining them is a job that few who live in a London flat or house – and hold down a full-time job as well as travel – achieve well. Enter, the growing wall and faux shopfronts. Watering plants, investing time and money in exotic plants is great if you can work out the water ratio versus central heating. None of us really can and hence the explosion of the now very realistic faux plant market. It has simply exploded across London in the past year, the industry can now provide a colossal array of colour, shape and hybrid for a few hours at a fraction of the cost of real flowers and hence their popularity. Blooms Art (www.bloomsart.co.uk) has a beautiful selection of natural-looking quality silk flowers and arrangements; they also create greenery walls that are suitable for indoors or outdoors.

Adding plants in the home fills a void in a stark interior of minimal colour and texture, adding shape height and texture as well as adding a softness that is difficult to achieve with other items such as twigs in vases that just don’t have the same affect.

Trees in the home are also fantastic if you add a floor uplighter – if you purchase rectanglar tubular lamps that are about four to six inches high and uplight the under-leaves and branches of your plants or trees; it will add a soft light in a room for ambience. I set mine on timers and so they just look after themselves.

If you add height don’t forget to also choose scale of leaves and flowers. I sometimes add one or two flower stems from a store to my real plants and then you would never know that the flower is not real. This is great in the winter when flowers just don’t last well in centrally heated homes.

They also work well in the bathroom where often the daylight is restricted and so a faux plant adds colour and warmth as a distraction from the shiny porcelain and hard surfaces. The benefit of a plant is to clean the air and add life to a flat space, if you want the benefits but not the responsibility this fairly new alternative to the real thing is in full bloom!

Dr Vanessa Brady OBE
International Interior Designer, SBID CEO
www.vanessa-brady.com
www.sbid.org