Interiorscapes: Designing a healthy home

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By: Manaswita Ghosh

Add value to your life through interiorscapes


Life is a cycle. What goes around always comes around, be it life or trends in interior designing. There was a time when people built their homes around their gardens. Almost every Indian house had a small garden which was surrounded by the house on all sides, this arrangement was rather traditional. In time, we moved on and got into the closed and compact apartments we call our homes now. But our hunger for plants has only increased. While we can’t bring back that garden into our flats, we sure can bring some beautiful plants indoors.

Interiorscapes have evolved through years from the inner gardens of our homes to the spick and span well-decorated and planned plant decorations of today. These arrangements not only have a visual appeal, but also the health benefits that we ignore in our craze to have a modern home. Modern homes are equally suited to equip an inner garden; interiorscapes are the evidence.

So what do we do to get the perfect interiorscape in our homes? What can be planted and why? What kind of maintenance do they require? Here are answers to some of your queries:

1. Why do we need interiorscapes?
The idea is to have a fresh and beautiful home. We have opted for air conditioning and central heating systems simply because we had the necessity for them. The idea of interiorscapes is to make sure we have a healthier environment in our homes, to eliminate certain toxic elements from the air that have become an inevitable part of our lives, thanks to some of the electronic items we possess. Since we can’t do without these, we might as well do something to reduce the harmful effects. Indoor plants are the answer to everything that worries us, the benefits range from purifying the air around us, having a positive impact on our physical and emotional well-being and at the same time, having the perfect visual appeal.

2. What to plant for that amazing interiorscape?
While it is beneficial to keep include indoor plants in your abode, you must know which ones to welcome into your home. If you have a pet or a young child at home, it is best to consult the experts before you opt for the plants. For example, shrubs like Boston Fern, Moth Orchids and Raphis Palm are harmless for your pets. Boston Fern is known for its ability to make the air around it humid, and is extremely helpful for people with asthma or any other breathing condition. Moth Orchids are known to absorb toxic chemicals, therefore it is advisable to get these into your home if you have had it freshly painted. These Orchids can absorb smoke and smog as well, helping eliminate chemicals like toluene and xylene. Raphis palm, on the other hand, helps remove toxins like toluene, xylene, ammonia and formaldehyde. These chemicals are a result of the cleaning products that we use in our homes. So if you are one of those cleanliness freaks who cleans their house with these chemical-based products regularly, you might consider bringing a bunch of Moth Orchids into your home.

3. How diverse can interiorscapes be?
As diverse as you would like them to be. When it comes to selecting the setting, you can choose from tropical plants to seasonal fauna, the size of the plants, the size and type of containers as well as the design you wish to see. Anything from pot plants to living walls can be part of the interiorscape, nowadays rooftop gardens and exterior planting can be classified as interiorscapes as well.

4. How can we maintain the interiorscapes?
Maintaining an interiorscape is much more than just watering it. Since indoor gardening involves different species of plants, the level of water required by these to sustain are different for each plant and so is the amount of fertilizer required. You would need to know how much fertilizer to put in the water before you irrigate the plants, to prune and trim the plants without damaging them, to know when to change the soil and the depth of soil required by each type of plant. You will need to know when to change the space for a plant so you can clean around it, and identify when there are pests on a plant so you can take the necessary action. You can always consult a technician or have them take care of the plants for you, but it is always better to learn a thing or two yourself.
 source: HonestlyWTF

An interiorscape isn’t just clever designing of plants, it’s an art that you will master one step at a time. So if you are planning on getting it soon, consult the experts, read and do your research. Plants are living things that need your constant care and attention, therefore plan adequately beforehand. 
source:  Apartment Therapy

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