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Plants and furniture
Inserting natural elements, such as plants and flowers, into the furnishing is useful to bring serenity and peace to the home. It has been shown that these, in addition to giving beauty to the home, contribute to raising the emotional tone of the people who live there. Plants therefore represent a way to improve the world in which we live, starting from the environments in which we spend most of our time, such as the home and the office.
Not everyone has an outdoor green area, where you can spend some time in the company of nature. Yet being in contact with tree species, curing them, learning to know them and seeing them grow, is a beneficial activity that helps to balance emotional tensions and inner energy, giving new strength and new enthusiasm.
The absence of a balcony or terrace is not a problem, as there are many types of plants that fit very well into the closed environment of a building.
Furnishing the house with plants thus becomes not only a way to make the environment more beautiful, more hospitable and colorful, but also an activity to take care of yourself.
Furnish the environments
The first environment one meets, entering a house is the entrance. This is generally not very bulky and therefore it is not easy to find the ideal solution for plants and furniture. However it should not be overlooked because a plant of the right dimensions in this space is the best welcome, both for you and for the guest. The antechamber is usually dimly lit, a little dark, so you have to opt for a plant that does not require a lot of light to live on, but that can adapt to situations of low solar radiation.
Similarly, if you live in a condominium, even the landing, the stairs and the entrance hall can be adorned with flowering varieties. In this case it is advisable to procure strong varieties that bear light scarcity, cold temperatures and air currents.
In general, to preserve the good health of the plant, these are the parameters to consider: light, temperature and drafts.
A nurseryman faces these problems on a daily basis and therefore will certainly offer good advice. People with little or no experience can confidently rely on these professionals and will certainly not be subjected to wrong assessments.
In the small rooms, small, compact types are placed, while in large spaces you can also indulge with more voluminous and showy plants.
Plants can be used as a partition, for example in a living room. In this case it is advisable to keep them in a single pot.
Usually, to furnish the interiors, we prefer to focus on varieties that bloom little. The flowers, beautiful, colorful and fragrant, need daily care and are very sensitive to climate change, also last a short time and must be replaced. Plants like geraniums are good for exteriors, but they are not suitable for interiors, also because they attract numerous insects.
The most requested plants for nurseries and most used are the Aglaonema pictum, a sober and classic corner plant that reaches a meter and a half in height, characterized by beautiful dark green leaves finely veined with a lighter green, and the Aspidistra elatior or other species, a plant similar to aglaonema, with lighter, equally pointed leaves, slightly more carefree.
The so-called "small trunk of happiness" is also excellent, usually defined as bamboo because of the similarity of the twisted stem with that type of plant. In reality it is not a bamboo, although it does remember a lot. This plant is well suited to any type of furniture that is classic or modern, rural, for office. It is also widely used in public places.
Plants for wall units and furniture
The hanging cultivations always arouse great impression and curiosity, but they need much more attention. It is important to remember to immerse the containers in water periodically. A particularly resistant plant that is also suitable from the aesthetic point of view is the ivy, which can climb on the support or fall down with a splendid ornamental effect. Fuchsia and the column are also fine.
Small plants are also suitable for decorating furniture on which they can be placed. This is the case of Peperomia caperata, an evergreen, small and low, but with large heart-shaped leaves. The splendid Calathea crocata, a small potted plant with dark green heart-shaped basal leaves characterized by elegant light and bright streaks, is becoming increasingly popular. It produces small bright orange flowers, with a very pleasant visual impact. This plant has the peculiarity of reviving environments with a delicate and vigorous effect at the same time.
A truly original and innovative solution is the so-called "green walls" or "vertical lawn". In this case it is not included in the concept of furniture as a choice and arrangement of pot plants. With the vertical lawn, the vegetable kingdom becomes a structural part of the home, communicating something much deeper to those who have the pleasure of staying in such an decorated environment. The feeling is that of really being in an external environment, and leaf abundance guarantees an important improvement both in the quality of the environment and in the emotional state of those who live there.
Similarly to the green walls, "green squares" can be installed. the support and installation techniques are similar to those of the wall. There is nothing difficult in reality. The only thing is that they need a specific structure.
To add a touch of originality to the room, it can be furnished with "green tables". These are characterized by a transparent top and a subplane where the plants are set up, which obviously will be small and easy to maintain, for example succulent plants. But there is no rule in this regard. For these innovative structures, plants are generally used that require little or very little care, but those with time to devote more attention to them can choose the plants they prefer.
These three particular installations can be supported by modern structures, for example in steel, as well as by wooden supports, which mostly recall rural atmospheres.
Leaf density in an apartment of this type becomes quantitatively important and therefore capable of influencing the microclimate and the quality of the air in the house, as well as exerting a great beneficial effect on its inhabitants.