Create a sensory delight in your interiorscape incorporating design principles like balance, harmony and rhythm
Interior Plants Design with Balance, Harmony & Rhythm is about Creating beautiful plantscapes and constructing environments that invite a visceral and emotional response from people as an integral objective. Good design will make you pause and take a second look, perhaps even remember a beautiful space you experienced earlier in your life. Do you remember the last time you felt overwhelmed by the beauty of a planting and its relationship to the surrounding environment? Plantopia’s Expert Plant Technicians take their jobs very seriously knowing only that the most important goal is to make you feel those same responses.
Certain design principles govern our choices for creating graceful interior plantscapes for our clients. Whether we are designing a built-in planter for a mall or adding one Aglaonema “Chinese Evergreen” to an office we need to practice these principles. Relying upon these principles to produce an emotional bonding between you and the plants that are there to enhance your life, whether it’s in your home or your workspace is key. The right variety of indoor plants add warmth and life to the colder environments of most modern architecture. The plants expand limited spaces by creating visual interest.
As it relates to scale, or height and size, plants unify the architectural elements of a building, space or a room. Consider the entire building or the room environment when deciding what kind of plants and containers to use and where you will place them. Look carefully at the structural design detail, the shapes of walls and corners, the furniture and even the traffic flow patterns. Entrances create a great first impression of an environment. Indoor Plantings help them make an even more solid statement. Strong features demand larger scale plants with even larger decorative pots to command attention with their height or their bold foliage creating dramatic effects. Focal plants should always be larger in scale and placed strategically with smaller plants leading the eye to the major pieces. Naturally, smaller scale areas need smaller scale plants with smaller sized containers and again all of the plantings and their pots should be scaled to the building and the atmosphere of the room.
Good interior and exterior plantscaping achieves a balance in an environment at all times. Just as important as it is to feature the right plant is it to feature the right number and size of that plant for the space. Too many plants will detract from the space, while just the right amount can achieve a beautiful partnership. Limiting your plant varieties to four or five will achieve a repetitive rhythm throughout a space without overwhelm.
Aspidistra Cast Iron Plant
Spathiphyllum Stephanie Plant
Along these same lines, the balance between the height of the pot and the height of the plant should always be kept in mind. For example, when a tall urn shaped pot is used, we suggest keeping the balance correct by installing a tall, wide-bodied plant, such as a chunky Spathiphyllum “Peace Lilly” with white flowers to counterbalance the large pot. Balance is important to the on-going design of a planting too. For example, a three foot Aspidistra “Iron Plant” with 30 tall 24″-26″ large leaves, just looks silly when it’s planted in an 20” pot. Blending plants and their pots with the style and colors of the building creates harmony.
Lastly, layering or multi-planting containers provides opportunities to show off texture, variegation and depth. Choosing plants that enhance our sense of touch, smell, and sight increase the overall sensory delight. By adding groundcover plants to your focal pieces, you can weave a textured tapestry with variegated foliage and color interest. This can increase the interest factor with structure in your planting that draws the eye to a particular area. Plantopia’s well-designed interiorscapes help create “moods” with light and dark, soft and strong shapes. In the end, you are able to stand back and enjoy the reality of what you envisioned and know that all is right with the world!
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