How to – decorate with indoor plants

Decorating Your Home With Indoor Plants
Making your house more beautiful with houseplants is, as per ancient Chinese philosophy, great Feng Shui. 

 If applied well, plants can create a calming home environment, expand the oxygen levels and enhance your household not only aesthetically, but also creating a relaxing and stress free environment.
Imagine a new house with a large and empty room. It’s just waiting to be filled with your furniture, family photos and other decorations… things that make it Your Home.You can enhance and bring more life into that living space through adding a beautiful Phalaenopsis Orchid or similar into the mix.outside would appear like a distant memory. Creating your own natural sanctuary inside your home is not a bad idea.Mixing vibrant and colourful houseplants is a great way to remind ourselves that winter does not last forever … although it may feel otherwise.

Top things to consider with indoor plants
Contingent upon where you live, the fundamental thought for the type of plants you pick is light.
The second should match your style. For instance, a country-style interior would typically go best with a delicate, rich foliage style of plant.Succulents are a brilliant all-rounder. These robust plants can survive on less light and water than compared to many other types of indoor plants. They are available in a great selection of colours and can easily be integrated to your house décor.If an ultra lush look is your preference, white ‘Bird of Paradise’ and small indoor palms make a fabulous choice. If placed in a beautiful pot, they can turn into a feature in their own right. It’s not uncommon for stylists and interior decorators to use these when creating house settings.Rich, large-leafed houseplants sit especially well in mid-Century styled homes. If this is your style of design, then they could be a great addition for your home.One of the best parts about using indoor plants is that you can mix your indoor style with your outdoor surroundings through consistently planting these in your adjacent garden areas.

Whatever your style and the type of plants you pick, simply make sure to treat them with the same design attention you would give remaining of your space.

Tie your pots in with your décor and don’t be afraid to use unconventional vessels to house your plants that will mix better with your general style.

Just sit back, kick your shoes off and enjoy the energy that indoor plants bring to your home.

How to – Getting Rid of Mould and Mildew

You can find mould growing in almost any surface in your home, and it’s not easy to get rid of it. These black, brown or green microscopic fungi can grow in any area that is damp, warm or humid. On the other hand, mildew, technically a species of mould, is easily identified by its strong odour. Appearing as a fuzzy white build-up in bathrooms, mildew sticks to the grout between the tiles.

Aside from your home, mould and mildew also affects your health too. The particles they release can worsen asthma and allergies, and even trigger headaches. Here’s how to identify and remove mould and mildew growth in your home:

Finding Where the Mould Is
Follow the moisture and you will surely find mould growth. They thrive on excess or trapped water. Look for condensation in the wet areas of your home such as bathroom, laundries and kitchen, particularly the windows, toilet tanks, the areas around appliances and plumbing fixtures. Also look for any standing exterior water. A sure sign of mould build-up is black or dark green mottling on surfaces.

How to Get Rid of Mould

  • Reduce moisture in the vulnerable parts of your home by doing a maintenance check and repairing leaky pipes, dripping taps, roof leaks or foundation cracks. Any water spill should also be mopped up immediately.
  • If you had experienced common mould episodes, ensure no mould has settled in the walls behind the sofa or the bed.
  • If you spot moisture near a vent or if you smell something mouldy when checking the air-conditioners and heating ducts, call a specialist. And make sure there is good ventilation in your house.
  • Here are ways to prevent mould build-up in the bathroom: eliminate dirt, grease and body oil on all surfaces; avoid soggy towels by spreading them to let them dry completely, or install a heated towel rail; and invest in a dehumidifier to keep your surroundings dry, especially during the problematic months of the year.
  • Wiping the mould away is not an effective solution. If there is mould, it means there is a moisture problem inside the walls or ceilings. The only way to prevent mould growth is by looking for and fixing the water source. Hire a specialist if you are not confident of handling the problem.

Solutions for Serious Mould

  • For clothes with mould, wash them in the washing machine and add white vinegar to the rinse cycle. Vinegar is also effective against mildew on porcelain, ceramic tiles and other hard, non-porous surfaces.
  • Mix a half cup hydrogen peroxide to one cup water and use it to eliminate the moulds from your bathroom tiles and grout. Spray the mixture on the surface, leave to dry, and then with a damp cloth.
  • Re-grouting is your best option if the bathroom or kitchen wall still has stubborn mould stains. The caulk and stained grout are scraped, and an antimicrobial treatment is applied before re-grouting. This is a job best handled by a professional.