Do you wish to dedicate an entire room to plants? A plant room or indoor garden room can look aesthetically pleasing while also giving you a bit of nature inside the house.
Now making a plant room may seem like a lot of work but there is nothing better than having your own little corner of nature indoors.
You can relax and rewind here.
Plus, it is also more convenient to take care of the plants when they are in one place.
This article discusses how you can set up your own plant room and what ideas will make it more appealing.
Keep reading below to know more!
Location and Condition in Plant Room
While you are planning to make an indoor garden room, the first thing t consider is the location.
It is important to consider the room’s availability of natural light and its temperature conditions.
That said, you can still add light and heat.
A hot room getting no sun is fixable and so is a cold room with a southern light exposure.
Though, that will surely take more work.
Thus, it is better to first aim at rooms that do have the ideal light temperature and humid conditions.
Lighting is one of the most essential needs of a plant.
Plus, it is a little tricky to get enough light indoors with walls blocking most of it.
However, even if there is plenty of light reaching the room, it will be still hard to sustain it in the winters.
For that, you need to have grow lights.
These can be fluorescent and broad spectrum lights placed at different locations and heights.
If you are lucky and have found a room with enough windows, you may not need to grow lights in summer at least.
Cover those windows with sheer curtains so that you can control the lighting, getting your plants direct and indirect rays as required.
While considering the room to plant you may not want a floor that the plants’ damage.
Plants need constant watering so a carpeted floor or even a wood one will not be a good option.
Instead, go for slate, ceramic or linoleum flooring.
Air Flow and Humidity
The other two important things while choosing the room is the air flow and the humid conditions.
Plants will grow in good ventilation.
Though if you are not as lucky to have good air flow in the room you chose, there are still ways to mend it.
Outdoors natural airflow is not the only option.
To keep the air circulating in the room, install a ceiling or floor fan.
As the air keeps moving, the good airflow will keep the plants happy, healthy and growing.
Besides that, some plants may also require humid conditions to thrive.
The humidity in this particular room should be more than what is in the rest of your house.
Once you group the plants together, it makes a microclimate.
The clusters of plants may require similar humid conditions.
For that, you need to remember the needs of the plants that are in your plant room.
One option for providing the plants with extra humidity that needs it is to add a humidifier.
Place the humidifier on a timer so that there is extra humidity in that room.
This way you do not have to regularly check for humidity and the humidifier will supply it for the set time.
However, that is not the only option.
You can ensure the microclimate is maintained over the plants by installing or glass cloche over the plants.
Besides keeping that, you can also look into making a terrarium for the plants.
Grouping, Selecting and Watering Plants in Plant Room
While choosing the plants that will go in your garden, you will have to consider the conditions of your room as well as the look you want for your room.
You may want to go for low-light plants because they are indoors.
This means, plants like philodendron can be planted and will help give your room a tropical look.
On the other hand, if you prefer the likes of gardenias and citrus trees that require more light, it is also possible to plant them provided they get enough sunlight exposure.
If that isn’t possible, you can install close fluorescent and broad-spectrum lights.
Additionally, if the light is not enough, the temperature may be too.
You may have to install a heater to meet the temperature needs of the plants.
But since you will be watering the plants, keep the heater at a safe distance.
Not only that but also remember safety when you are setting the humidity and light sources.
Speaking of water, indoor plants do not consume water as quickly as outdoor ones.
Still, keep checking the plants one day in the week and water according to their specific needs.
In a small space, grouping plants with similar needs together is important.
After all, you also need to make caring for the plants easy for yourself.
When those with similar needs are together, you do not have to scratch your head figuring out the care for each plant separately.
If you have plenty of plants in the room, then it is wise to choose those that are low maintenance.
This way you will be able to manage many plants together no matter how many plants you have because they will be low maintenance and you can care for them together.
How to Set the Space?
Making a room theme
Before you place your plants think about what is the theme of your room.
After that, you can assemble your plants accordingly.
For instance, you may want to begin by choosing a neutral or white color scheme.
This allows for a contrast between the space and the colorful plants.
Plus, it also gives balance in designing the room.
The choice of materials for furniture, plant pots, fabric and walls guide what your room’s theme will be.
If you want to reflect nature in the room, use popular earthy materials such as:
- natural fiber such as moss, cotton, silk, wool and flax
- native metal like silver, copper and iron
- wood i.e. bamboo or bark
- stones such as granite, sandstone, gems, glass, flint and sand
Next, you can work on setting a focal point for your room.
This draws attention to what’s important and that particular area enhances the appeal of the entire room.
Moreover, it will make the space look organized and extensive.
It can be the corners of your room or one wall which is the focus of the entire room.
Where to Place Plants
Now you can assemble the plants according to your likes.
If you want the nature and jungle vibe, they should fill the room graciously without being limited to one place.
Not all potted plants need to be on the floor, some can go on a table or as shelf plants.
Similarly, you can go for hanging plants and flower baskets so that there is foliage everywhere you look.
You will have to experiment with how to go about the placement of the plants and in the process, some may even die out from not receiving proper conditions.
However, this is part of the trial and error. Let’s discuss more below!
Placement Ideas in Plant Room
Check for lighting and water
Examine your pace to see what areas get adequate lighting and which ones don’t.
Then you can place the plants according to the conditions they can thrive in.
For instance, ferns may go fine in a shade garden so they can be placed where there is not enough sunlight or artificial grow light.
Similarly, for water, you can go for cacti that do not need regular watering.
Experiment with different placements
You can hang plants from the ceiling or choose to place the larger container and potted plants on tables and the floor.
You may think that it will be hard to maintain plants hanging from the ceiling but in actuality, it’s easier.
Moreover, they give your space a more vibrant and natural feel while also adding more space.
These can also be hung on the walls to add more personality to the room.
Utilizing the walls and ceilings for hanging plants prevents the room from looking cluttered.
A hanging plant can become a centerpiece in your room and also be arranged in various ways as they are of different shapes.
Decorate Pots and Display Smaller Plants
Decorating the pot to match the room and its vibe is essential so that it does not look out of place.
In fact, you can also make hanging planters yourself by using macrame.
Paint and decorate the pots to make them look appealing.
Moreover, put the small potted plants on the shelves.
Vases on shelves give a fuller look while these leave some space for future planning.
Decorate your plant room according to your conceptualization.
However, you chose to place the plants, maintain them well and ensure that this is your green space to relax and revel in nature.