Posted on by Love Dodd

Ever feel like your home is lacking a little life? We’re not talking about the people inside it (we love you guys), it’s more about the actual decor itself. Life can get so busy and hectic that we often forget our home should be a personal sanctuary — not a glorified storage locker.
 
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Sometimes the best interior design ideas come from the simplest sources, and Mother Nature has plenty of tricks up her sleeve.
 
Introducing an element of nature into your home can be a rewarding experience. Building a beautiful outdoor garden is fantastic, but not everyone has the time or means to maintain one. Indoor plants are a great alternative, and there are some awesome options that will make you feel right at home.
 
How Indoor Plants Can Make You Feel Better
 
If you’re a pet owner, you know the feeling of coming home after a long day and having your pet greet you happily at the door. It gives you a sense of calm and joy despite the craziness you've endured throughout the day.
 
Indoor plants are not a replacement for pets, but they can have similar benefits. Studies have shown that they are good for both mental and physical wellbeing. This stems from the fact that they improve overall air quality and add a visually pleasing element to our home that eases the mind and body.
 
It’s kind of like taking a walk in the forest. You breathe in the air of the great outdoors and it makes you feel good. This is particularly useful for people who live in busy downtown cores and in smaller apartments that can feel stuffy. Adding indoor plants into the mix can really boost the overall feeling of life inside your home.
 
Make Your Home Stand Out with Indoor Plants
 
The indoor plant trend has been around for a minute and though nature enthusiasts will probably tell you it never left, it has made somewhat of a comeback in recent years.
 
When you consider how many homes are being built in a minimalist, modern aesthetic these days, a lot of these spaces feel a little cold. The nice thing is that there’s an indoor plant to fit whatever kind of home you have, whether it’s ultra-modern or more of a character home.
 
There are plenty of ways to introduce indoor plants into your home. You can keep it simple and go to a supermarket to find some potted plants or you can look for more unique, exotic plants at specialty shops. The plants themselves can also help you create an overall look to add a distinct atmosphere to your home.
 
For example, let’s imagine someone who has built a nice California-style home with some summer colours already in place. They can add miniature palm trees or perhaps even some small cactuses to get a warm desert vibe. There’s a lot more to indoor plants than the flowers sitting on the coffee table you bought for your significant other that one time.
 
The ultimate goal with indoor plants is to make them complement whatever space you’re putting them in. Whether it’s the living room, bedroom, or even bathroom, try to think about how they mesh with the space. It’s all about finding that design synergy and being open to new possibilities.
 
Looking for some great furniture to build your indoor plant collection around? Stop by one of our three great Vancouver Island showrooms to get some ideas in person or visit our site. We carry a number of great products from brands like Ashley Furniture. We won’t be undersold!