When it comes to giving your environment warmth, plants are the way to go. Haven’t you ever wondered why the reception and your dentist has plants in every corner? They have realized it is the perfect choice for making an otherwise daunting environment more friendly.

But other than buying a pot and putting it in a table, many of us don’t know what plants to purchase or how to use them to enhance our living rooms, kitchens or even offices. Below are a couple tips on creative ways to use plants in your home.

Climbers and Vines: These are plants which need support of some kind. They twist around an object and are the perfect way to add beauty and elegance to your home. They are best used outdoors for winding round your walls, fences and gates. They are often used by people who seek privacy as they provide great foliage.

Cut Flowers: You can’t go wrong with a brightly coloured bouquet of flowers. You can acquire one at most of the larger supermarkets now. Make sure that you check the freshness of the bouquet before you buy. You can do this by looking at the stems – do you see green or white fibres; or are they brown and mushy? And don’t just settle for any bouquet. You know the colours that stand out in the room you wish to decorate. Get a bouquet that will brighten the room. Remember to buy a vase that you will be proud to use over and over.

Hanging Plants: Hanging plants are a unique way of decorating your home without worrying about table space. You can hang them from your ceiling or have them dangling from a beam or wall. This creative use of plants is sure to draw attention from whoever walks into the room. They are unconventional and great for adding colour.

The Single Plant: And then we have the lone plant, sitting in the corner. If you are going to choose the single plant, it should be a large one. A favourite of mine is the tree in the pot. Placing it in the corner prevents you from wasting floor space but don’t just forget it there. It still requires your tender loving care and light.

The Flowerpot Group: If you have steps going up to your front door, line them with potted plants, to warm up the porch and house and welcome you and your guests.

Go green in 2016 and let us know what a difference it makes.


Oyinkan Braithwaite is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University. Following her degree, she worked as an assistant editor at Kachifo and has been freelancing as a writer and editor since. She has had short stories published in anthologies and has also self published work. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top ten spoken word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam.

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