Biophilic design is a concept that seeks to connect individuals more closely with nature. Derived from the word “biophilia” to mean “the passionate love of life and of all that is alive”, this design concept is meant to meld elements of nature with your space. Incorporating features like skylights, green walls, or water fountains are just some of the ways of bringing this concept to life.
You don’t necessarily need to compromise on your budget or style; even a few indoor plants will do wonders to your design scheme. Here are some great suggestions especially for plant newbies!
The Areca palm, also known as the bamboo palm is an indoor plant that’s suitable for beginners as it is relatively affordable. Needing little sunlight to survive, this plant thrives best with moderate watering and a monthly application of fertiliser to give it that healthy look. A great addition in any indoor setting, add this to your room for a refreshing biophilic look.
Famous for its air purifying properties, Snake plants have become a common sight in homes and offices. Also known as Sansevieria trifasciata, these plants are great in an indoor setting as they fare well in low-light as well as direct sunlight and require little water to survive. Not only that, these plants hardly ever get infested and do not require frequent repotting.
The Money plant or Jade plant has always been associated with good luck. This comes from the popular belief that it brings prosperity to the home or business, hence its quirky name. The humble Money plant is pretty easy to care for too. Just place it away from direct sunlight and watch it grow. An ideal plant for beginners and looks great in any environment.
The Calathea is another excellent indoor plant known for its unique foliage of green and striped patterned leaves that can come in a wide range of colours too depending on the species. Calatheas are great decorative plants but need to be placed away from direct sunlight as this would cause the plant’s vivid colours to fade.
The exotic Philodendron is easy to keep with minimal watering of about once a week. These hardy plants are low-maintenance and will still have that evergreen look, requiring little care and attention. Aside from that, Philodendrons also come in a variety of shapes, sizes and patterns so finding one that fits into any indoor setting would be easy.
Need a splash of colour? Get a Chinese Evergreen! This indoor plant usually comes in accents of pink, cream or red with marbling of white or silver on its leaves. Caring for the Chinese Evergreen plant is simple and really brightens a dim corner with its bright colours. A beautiful plant that develops slowly in low-light and requires minimal watering makes this plant suitable for a biophilic interior.
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