Add a touch of green to your home

Indoor plants are a simple way to bring the outdoors inside this summer, says contributing decor editor Candice Botha

I have wanted to add some greenery to my home and have found myself favouring pot plants over fresh flowers. These images from previous issues of Garden and Home will give you some clever ideas for bringing the outdoors in.

The stone and blue palette of this living room, designed by Monique Mann of Patina Interiors, is given added dimension with the addition of a palm tree and a fiddle-leaf fig flanking two potted orchids.

Monique also brought some greenery into her dining room with the broad, deep emerald leaves of a fiddle-leaf fig in the corner. Fiddle leaf figs don’t need much light and their bold leaves make a statement – just what you want from an indoor plant.

Andrew and Yolandi Hepburn haven’t technically brought their plants indoors. These sliding windows in the kitchen, designed by Union3, open onto a vertical garden which not only makes an attractive feature of the boundary wall but gives the impression of an indoor garden. (See more of this house in the November 2014 edition of Garden and Home.)

Nicola Ashe used a long-lasting aloe in a large glass vase and a pair of Boskke Sky Planters to deliver a dash of green to her contemporary kitchen.

Graphic planters enhance the sculptural forms of these aloes in this Steven Graham-designed space – a good choice for a more modern home.

A touch of green always enhances the tranquil feeling of a bathroom, as these rooms by Anne Hartmann (left) and Lindsay Patton and Marina Cottino of MC Design Studio (right) prove.

If you really don’t have green fingers, create a similar effect with a botanical painting, as with this house decorated by Manuela Candido.

Or, pair shades of mint, jade, emerald and moss with crisp white to create a striking colour scheme that’s cool and soothing in summer’s heat as Lee Moon has done in this bedroom.