Bring the outside in with indoor plants

Bring the outside in with layers of lush indoor plants in all shapes and sizes.

Bunnings magazine, June 2019

It’s simple, just add greenery

Every interior stylist’s favourite cheat for a fully resolved room or display is to add green. Potted plants give a room warmth and a layered, lived-in look, particularly in sterile and neutral spaces such as kitchens and bathrooms. 

Play with the full spectrum of foliage shades from dusty greens to vibrant, variegated leaves, introduce movement with delicate, frondy ferns or rustling palms, and experiment with size and placement, from hanging planters and clusters of pots to statement trees and shrubs. 

Try it: A new trend is to use trees normally grown outside, such as an olive tree, to style your interiors. Place close to a window for light, and water regularly. If you prefer, leave them sitting on a pot trolley for easy wheeling outside as required. 

Window of opportunity

What you plant outdoors can make a big impact on the inside. Consider the areas your windows overlook and choose plants to suit. The right picks will create an attractive display and preserve privacy while still letting in plenty of light. 

Evergreens are ideal, as they won’t lose their leaves or look drab and uninspiring in winter. Leafy indoor plants complement natural finishes such as wood and marble. Climbing plants deliver a green screen outside a window and can hide an ugly view. Citrus and Mediterranean plants are another hot plant trend. Pick ripe fruit with stems and leaves still attached and display in a beautiful bowl for added decorative interest.


Continuity between zones

Using an arrangement of potted plants indoors to mirror greenery outside will create a sense of continuity between the zones. Choose a variety of sizes and types of foliage for maximum impact. 


Simple indoor plant projects

Project 01. Pompoms

What you need:
Balls of wool
Double-sided sticky tape

Cut two circles of card to the preferred size of your pompom and snip a 2.5cm hole in each. 
Holding the card circles together, wind the wool round the card, passing the wool through the central hole, until the wool covers the card thickly.
Insert the point of the scissors between the card circles and snip carefully all around. 
Ease the circles slightly apart and knot a strand of wool tightly around the centre. 
Pull off the card circles and fluff to make a ball. Use double-sided sticky tape to attach to your pot or basket.

A wicker basket decorated with d.i.y. pom poms

Project 02: Herb pots

What you need:
Fine craft paintbrush
Cabot’s Timbercolour deck & exterior paint in White
Terracotta pots in various sizes
Various herbs

Paint the name of the herb on the pot in a calligraphy style, then add a fun design around it. 
Leave to air-dry in a warm, dry place. 
Once the paint is dry, plant the herbs in the pots and arrange on a tray, ready for use.

You can keep these cute pots indoors or place them outside, as the paint is designed for exterior use

Try it: Group pots in varying sizes and heights to create an interesting display of greenery, or place plants from the same family together, such as a cluster of citrus, to create a cohesive look


Create your own indoor garden

Check out your local Bunnings store for all you need to get your indoor garden set up.

Photo credit: Sue Stubbs

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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