Be bold—bring the outdoors in

Living in a city often means having minimal access to outdoor spaces; most of us local homeowners certainly don’t have the luxury of owning a luscious garden. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t get our own fill of nature—just bring the outdoors in! Here's how to incorporate plants into your home for that cool, urban jungle look.
 

Lively work areas
 


Image courtesy of Ferm Living
 

Whether you're work-from-home full-time or just temporarily, it’s good practice to decorate your desk and make your work-from-home experience as pleasant as possible. If space allows it, place a few small planters on your desk to keep the atmosphere lively and green as you go about your workday.
 

Earthy kitchens
 


Design by HK Living
 

Having a plant-filled kitchen doesn’t mean that you need every other element in the room to be natural and earthy too, but it’s definitely an option. Pair your plants with wooden countertops and reclaimed shelving for that rustic look.
 

Relaxing bedrooms
 


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Like bathrooms, bedrooms are spaces of relaxation and rest. Even if you’re not aiming for the urban jungle look, you’ll want to dot your bedroom with a few plants and succulents to make the space cosy and improve the air quality.
 

Balcony gardens
 


Design by Design Zage
 

The most straightforward place to grow plants and do some gardening in urban flats is right by a large window. Indoor balconies are often the only spaces in HDB flats and condos that will provide indoor plants with enough sunlight to keep them alive and growing.

Plus, the light filtering through the leaves makes for some exquisite shadows in the morning and during sunsets, adding another layer to the urban jungle aesthetic.
 

Green walls
 


Design by Juz Interior
 

Some of us like the look of plants but not so much the maintenance behind them. If that’s you, you may want to opt for an artificial green wall instead. Installing a green wall usually requires a contractor and comes with an upfront cost, but once it’s up, you won’t have to buy any extra soil, seeds, fertiliser or anything else to keep it going.


A version of this article first appeared on SquareRooms.