Most of us know that spending time in nature can have positive benefits, but for many people, it is sadly not possible or realistic in their day-to-day life. Whether it is because of disability, due to time constraints or because of the absence of green space nearby for those living in flats or gardens, many people are deprived of the nourishment that a daily slice of nature provides. does. IKEA’s Life at Home Report 2021 showed that access to private gardens or green space has increased dramatically compared to last year when people reflect on their ideal home, with 53% of people in the UK agreeing that it has become increasingly important to them. In fact, the UK is one of the countries where its importance has increased the most.
The good news, then, is that clever solutions are at hand to help everyone enjoy the benefits of bringing the outdoors indoors. Walk the plants aisle at IKEA and you’ll see greenery in a variety of shapes, sizes and textures—from tall and willow to short and furry—that will suit every interior. The retailer is on a mission to help us make our homes a paradise that serves all the functions we need, and plants are part of that process.
Did you know that even looking at indoor plants reduces stress and anxiety? As well as bringing psychological and physical benefits, bringing greenery into our homes can help in other, more practical and functional ways as well. Like allowing us to create the illusion of spaces, privacy, light and color that would ordinarily not allow it. This may prove especially helpful now, given that in the past two years our home and mental health have become more closely linked than ever before. Indeed, IKEA research found that almost a quarter of Britons do not think their home is a “sanctuary”, a concept that IKEA identifies as having three central pillars: rooms should. Celebration feel good space and promote a sense of calm and happiness (AKA emotional stability,
Here’s how to reclaim your own sanctuary with the help of a little greenery…
Use plants to ‘zone’ your living space
Ever thought about “zoning”? Plants can help create a sense of purpose or privacy by dividing or opening up certain areas and allowing them to function effectively.
Feel overlooked by neighbors or housemates? Tall plants such as money trees, snake plants or bamboo palms placed on windows or balconies will help you screen. And use plant-laden bookcases and shelving units, such as IKEA Kallax or Billy’s, to close off workstations and hide unneeded clutter (they should help reduce noise, too).
Look for Natural Ingredients
Natural textures and materials are an easy yet subtle way to bring a sense of the outside in and promote emotional stability, without bankrupting yourself on plants alone. Try to mimic outdoor scenes with rustic materials and textures like stone, wood, bamboo, glass and rattan – even antique or distressed mirrors can give that magical greenhouse feel indoors. Dried flowers and grasses are another interior trend that’s showing no signs of slowing down – from bunny tails to pampas grass and dried cat willow, they’re an easy way to add texture and interesting detail to a room without the maintenance of live plants. Huh.
Flower Walls Aren’t Just for Instagram
small space? No problem. Take your cues from vertical gardens, taking a moment in the gardening world, and create your own indoor version to use up precious floor space and avoid allowing rooms to function properly. “You can make a real statement in your home with a vertical garden,” says Mary Tenglund, UK Interior Design Leader at IKEA. “They’re perfect for small spaces and with the Fejka range, you don’t even need to water your plants.”
IKEA’s Fejka is a clever wall-mounted artificial plant panel (choose as many as you want to enliven plain spaces), giving you maximum impact for minimal effort. Or choose tall, slender plants such as corn plants in streamlined pots to really lift the eye and create the illusion of space. Similarly, IKEA’s Satsumas Vertical Plant Stand holds five pots—at different levels—to dot your most favorite plants, books, and accessories for a relaxing, eclectic feel.
The joy of bringing greenery into the home is that it can get messy in a good way – you don’t need to have carefully staged plants or flowers to enjoy the mental health benefits. Create your own chaotic urban jungle by mixing plants of varying heights and sizes in different pots and containers, larger, leafy ones with smaller, sturdier offerings scattered around the place. And if space is really in short supply, recreate the idea on the walls instead, frame your favorite pressed or dried flowers in IKEA’s Lerboda or Aedsbrook frames, or hang cupcrossbar planters from the highest points of each room. , such as windows or beams.
embrace the scent of nature
Imagine your favorite beach, forest or hiking trail and chances are, you can practically smell it. To really bring the outside in and invoke that expansive feeling of the great outdoors, try introducing some of your best “outdoor” scents. “The scent of home adds a sense of comfort and luxury to your surroundings,” says Tenglund. “It can help set the tone, and can positively affect your mood which can benefit your well-being.”
Soak up some hygge-induced downtime by, for example, IKEA’s Ringlad fresh mint candles, or a Waldoft morning dew candle (and reusing the glass jar with your latest plant when lit). And don’t overlook the power of natural fragrance, either—it’s amazing where a few sprigs of rosemary or a few drops of lemon oil can take you (Sicily, anyone?).
create an indoor garden
When thinking of the “ideal home”, IKEA’s Life at Home report highlights how access to a garden has become important to 53% of people surveyed in the UK. But even if your own outdoor space sounds like a pipe dream, window herb gardens or space-saving indoor gardens, such as soccer ornamental indoor greenhouses, overwhelm the green cheer. Without feeling, there is a practical way to foster feelings. Emotional stability and calm. Similarly, small succulents kept in IKEA’s Chiafron pots, or cute plant trellises in tumblers, give a cheerful nod to greenery without too much work.
Arm yourself with the right tools
Before buying any plant, it’s important to do your research—some are better than others in certain conditions, tolerate things like low light or wet bathrooms more easily. And as any green-fingered type knows, overwatering can prove almost as devastating as forgetting to water. Keep a water spritz bottle, like the trusty IKEA Sesamephron, somewhere you might stumble upon it, like next to a fern, aloe vera, or orchid (all of which benefit from regular spraying). Add the Chilipulver plant-watering sensor to your shopping cart (it gives you a heads up when water is overdue), and you should be good to go.
it’s fake until you make it
If plant care really isn’t your bag, don’t deprive yourself of an aesthetically-pleasing result—fake it instead. Fejka artificial potted plants require zero maintenance but promise to brighten up even spaces, bringing a much-needed splash of color and warmth to every nook and cranny of your home. They’re also helpful if space is tight, because an artificial cheese plant won’t get any bigger! Hang artificial asparagus plants in the kitchen above cookbooks for a rustic home feel or stand fake lavender in the bedroom with the incredibly realistic-looking Smica eucalyptus in the bathroom. No one needs to know…
Bringing plants and greenery outside to use can transform your home from a place you live in to a sanctuary – a vibrant, well-maintained space that gives you a sense of security and happiness, a place where you are away from the world. can relax.
Going green is one of many ways to ensure that your home is your sanctuary. Find more at IKEA.com