Why Plants Make a Room

If I'm being totally honest, I have a love-hate relationship with houseplants. This is not because I don't love them, it's really because the only one's I've been able to keep alive are succulent. They are basically impossible to kill and you never have to water them. But since moving to the balmy, moist south, I'm determined to change that. I've added a few new beauties to the mix as of late but I still have a long, long way to go. I have big plans for plants in every room of the house.

Plants have also become essential design elements as of late and I'm a big fan of what they do for a room. Here are my thoughts:

-Adds texture and color. There are so many varieties of textures and colors in plants that choosing the right one for a room is an integral part of any design process.

-Creates a focal point. Whether it's a large statement tree or a tiny delicate plant it can become the place where your eye lands when you first enter a room.

-Adds life and vitality to modernist spaces. If you tend toward a clean-lined aesthetic like I do a plant can bring much needed warmth to a space.

-Hides ugly details. If there's an eye soar in a room a plant can be just the thing to cover it up without a lot of expense.

-Brings the outdoors inside. If you have green outside your window, adding green to the interior connects the inside to the outside. It's a wonderful way to make a space feel less sealed off from the outside world.

Here are a few of my current favorites!