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The past few years have seen lots of creative ideas for bringing the outdoors in – particularly perfect for homes that might be lacking on outdoor space. From lush and flowing living walls to having trees growing right through the middle of your home, we’ve been getting more and more creative with foliage. Whether you go all out, or keep things simple with a display shelf or wall of hanging plants, there are many reasons behind bringing greenery indoors. Aside from immediately adding a touch of nature and life to a space, plants are known to have air-purifying qualities, absorbing CO2 and releasing oxygen but also filtering harmful chemicals, and they’re known to have calming effects on people too. Studies have even shown that simply seeing green lowers stress levels and increases alertness. Win, win. The spaces offer a few cool ideas on displaying your house plants – whether that’s a big faux olive tree in your kitchen or a neat grid of mini succulents.
This kitchen blurs the line between indoors and out. The space is dominated by the jaw-dropping faux olive tree, which seems to have taken root within the Corian-clad island.
Get the look: The Esteril Siusi faux-timber porcelain flooring is from Eurotiles & Bathrooms
This Victorian meets New York loft-style home is full of surprises – including a large fig tree growing through the middle of it…
Get the look: The kitchen is the Cesar Maxima 2.2 designed by Ben Jones of Espresso Design. This is the Table B dining table by BD Barcelona. The Vitra Panton S chairs are available from John Lewis.
Free-flowing foliage is contained within a structured grid in this urban version of a garden room.
Get the look: The Krossing modular shelving unit by Kriptonite is from The Conran Shop.
Hanging plants against the wall add to the relaxed, neutral scheme.
Get the look: The plant pots are from botanyshop.co.uk. The basket is by Ikea.
A cool, modern way to display an 'indoor garden'. The copper box was a sterilising box for dental tools found in an antiques shop on the Isle of Wight. It was a lucky find and it fitted on that bookshelf perfectly.
Get the look: This is the Network bookcase by Casamania.
A Victorian-style spiral staircase in the light well leads up to a garden.
Get the look: Premier Basements carried out the basement conversion The reclaimed floor tiles are from Bert & May.