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Creating a green sanctuary within

Be at one with nature by incorporating plants in your home design and styling.

Defined as the innate human instinct to connect with nature and other forms of life, biophilia seeks to bring the outdoors in.

Bunnings Horticulturalist Katy Schreuder said the benefits of including greenery inside the home were extensive.

“Having plants inside your home helps eliminate harmful toxins and increase oxygen,” she said.

“They not only beautify a space, but it can help create a more peaceful and cheerful environment.

“Plants can create a vibrant impact and give a space its final styling touch.”

Ms Schreuder recommended clustering a variety of plants with different foliage together in any room to create your own unique greenspace.

“If you’re looking to divide a room into different zones, you can use plants as a stylish living wall to define a space and add privacy,” she said, adding that hanging and creeper plants are great and easy to care for.

“Scindapsus pictus and philodendron scandens will thrive in indirect light.

“Chlorophytum, commonly called the spider plant, is an easy-care hanging plant.

“The ficus pumila is also a nice, little creeping plant with small emerald green leaves.

“Peace lilies, zanzibar gems and aspidistras are all ideal options for low-light areas indoors.”

Ms Schreuder offered her top tips on how to take care of your houseplants.

“Most plants prefer to dry out slightly between being watered – adding too much water usually causes more harm than too little,” she said.

“Feed with a slow release fertiliser throughout the warmer months.

“Try different positions – if a plant doesn’t look healthy then move it to a window with filtered light, and check care instructions on the label to help guide you for the best position for your plant.

“Avoid strong draughts or intense heating, wipe leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and mist lightly to increase humidity.”

As more people spend time at home, Webb & Brown-Neaves Innovation and New Product Designer Joseph Calasara said creating your very own green sanctuary had significant benefits, including improved mental wellbeing and improved physical health.

“Spending most of our time in a built environment can have negative effects on the human mind and body, and it is important to incorporate nature into our lives as they are,” he said.

“Biophilic design enhances the connectivity of the occupant to the natural environment and the design aesthetics improve overall wellbeing and emotional comfort.”

A common concept in the architectural world, Mr Calasara said it was now becoming more noticeable due industrial and technological overload.

“Sustainability and environmental awareness are popular topics of discussion in the modern age,” he said.

“Biophilic design considers this by incorporating sustainability into certain areas of the design in unique and unconventional ways.”

CONTACT Webb & Brown Neaves, 9208 9000, www.wbhomes.com.au

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