My favourite addition to any living space has to be the humble houseplant. Not only is it incredibly beneficial to your health to be surrounded by plants (more on this, later on) but plants can enliven any space with their pops of colour and bold shapes. We're still very much living in an in-between house. If you stand facing our view over the Sussex Weald the house looks almost finished, but if you face out towards the farmyard then your view is a mass of half-painted walls, still full boxes, and crowded surfaces.
The first thing we brought into the house, however, were the plants. I love to be surrounded by greenery, which is perhaps why life in the countryside has always held such great appeal to me. When I was squashed into a box room in London, I still managed to find space for pot after pot of plants, even though I barely had room to turn around.
Plants make me feel happier and healthier, and there's a ton of scientific evidence to back this up. I'm sure we all remember photosynthesis from GCSE biology lessons- the process by which plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Adding plants to interior spaces can increase oxygen levels and help us breathe easier. Plants also release 97% of the water they absorb - in an enclosed space (such as your living room) this can increase humidity which can help ease respiratory conditions (as the mother of a probable asthmatic, this is of great importance to me), and decrease the incidence of dry skin and flu-like symptoms. Plants also remove toxins from their immediate atmosphere, so can be used as a natural air purifier.
But of course there are aesthetic benefits too. Plants look pretty awesome, even in the dullest of spaces. Don't be afraid to get creative with your plants - think macrame plant holders, and large groupings to transform your home. I've been trawling Pinterest (as ever) and here's my pick of my favourite houseplant shots!
All images taken from Pinterest.