Bringing in the elements of outdoor landscaping into your home can add to your home ambiance and add the green element. Indoor plants and greenery will bring beauty and freshness into your home. Even if you are living in an apartment with no specific area for a garden as it is, planning to have plants and shrubs around your home can make your home garden style designer home.
But you need to plan well ahead for creating a home with garden like interiors. First of all you need to design what kind of a garden and what kind of plants are you planning to plant inside your home. You may need to take the permission of appropriate authorities of the area where you are living. You should check whether the apartment construction will support the garden – the soil, water and other items without any problem.
If you re living in a small home, it may be easier to have the garden inside. Discuss with your builder, architect and interior designer about what are the prerequisites for creating a garden inside your home. You will necessarily plan it so that the plants can have enough light. If you are planning to have only house plants – the ambient light may be sufficient.
Light and ventilation are a must for healthy growth of the plants. You can always plan to have plants along the outside walls. Windows and doors fixed along the wall can allow sufficient ambient light. Skylights fixed just above the plants also can help more light to come int. Slatted or louver type blinds – of either bamboo or wood slats – will help in streaming more light.
Plant beds can run the length of the room along the windows/doors. You should plan to keep the plants with similar light requirements together so plants with more light requirements get discoloured and look sick. Proper scaling is very important when choosing the plants according to their heights. The other requirements can be colour and texture of the leaves. A balanced look will make for graceful effect.
You can add other decorative features like a water fountain, some sculptures, and innovative use of pebbles and stones to add to the ambience of the garden. Here are some images of a Vietnamese home designed by M. M. Architects. Look at the innovative way the plants are used to create an overall excellent ambiance and elegant sophistication.