Hip Houseplants

When did houseplants suddenly become so fashionable? Flick open any homes magazine or cast your eye through the interiors and styling on Pinterest and you can't help notice that they seem to be everywhere at the moment.

I recently overcame my long-standing aversion to houseplants, one that was largely based on my feelings towards dangling spider plants (the height of fashion in the 1970s) and nan-style begonias on the window sill, and decided to introduce a little more greenery into my living space. My houseplant rehabilitation began with the purchase of a large 'mother in laws tongue', which now sits proudly next to the TV in a simple white pot, and I'm working on assembling a collection of succulents in my office.

Here are a few more ideas I like...

1. Create a vignette or still life
Carefully arrange plants alongside your favourite objects on a shelf or sideboard to create a focal point.

2. Hang them on the wall
Use ceramic wall planters or create your own box picture frames.

3. Group them together in collections to make an indoor garden
You can do this with pretty much any plant, but cacti and succulents look particularly good when grouped together for impact.

4. Use plants to personalise your desk or office space...
...especially if you work in a large open plan office surrounded by technology. Plants are a way of bringing greenery indoors and personalising your environment. They also help to purify the air.

5. Use tall plants to fill an empty space
This adds interest to a large room by encouraging the eye to travel from floor to ceiling.

How do you feel about houseplants? Do you love them or loathe them?

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