Plants (in lieu of curtains)

I’m not a fan of the emergence and overuse of the word ‘hack’ to describe a tip, or best practice, or a helpful hint on how to do something typical in an uncommon way; so I’ll not deploy it in this piece. But, given the nature of what I’m about to write about and the fact that I’m publishing this on the web; it would seem fitting if I were more inclined to speaking in jargon.

I’m always thinking of ways to add a flourish to my flat that don’t necessarily take up a lot of space but add texture to make my living space more dynamic. One such discovery I made is in the title of this blog post and that is to use plants on the window in my kitchen and bedroom to create some privacy, as you would typically get with curtains. Why, you may ask. Well firstly, and unoriginally, why not? Curtains and blinds are so common so why not try something different. Now that the cliché bit is out of the way; I’ll expand. If, like, me you haven’t invested in a pair of curtains because you live in rented accommodation/ are cheap/ think of them as old-fashioned/ were born in the eighties or later/ live alone and are not that handy with light tools/ again, cheap - as in can’t be bothered to pay for a handyman then you are reading the right person to make you a) feel better about your choices and b) impart reasons why you should do this that put you in a better, more creative light when receiving visitors and not wanting to admit to any of the aforementioned characteristics (admittedly, as one decade is the ‘new’ earlier decade nowadays (see 30s are the new 20s and all of that) we’re no longer inclined to have to lie about our age so you can keep that one). Let me just add the caveat that if you instead utilize blinds as a consequence of all of the above then you can also use this method if, again like me, you worry that they are prone to being broken by your clumsy maneuverings.  

So, using plants as window dressing and in lieu of curtains with your blinds pulled firmly and permanently all the way up is a creative way to allow for a measure of privacy and to improve the air quality of your tiny flat (just me?, ok). Practicality and science on a budget! Plants look beautiful and picking them according to the height of your window can increase or decrease your privacy in line with your preferences. Plants can be arranged in any order of assortments – they generally play nice with each other, so you don’t have to have an unbroken line of identical plants of equal height. In fact I encourage you to favour creativity over, admittedly modest, privacy.

Let me fertilize this idea with some facts. Indoor plants benefit the air quality of your home and your body and mind. They do this by:

  • Reducing levels of carbon dioxide in the air which is known to negatively affect cognitive function
  • *Certain plants actually increase oxygen in the air which is beneficial for the body
  • Reducing airborne dust which helps you maintain your cherished furnishings as dust is minimised.
  • Helps you to relax and de-stress

What could be a lovelier alternative to heavy, fussy floral curtains requiring periodic professional cleaning than the real deal? A row of potted plants of varying heights and colours. And don’t forget to mix it up with an assortment of plants pots as well. If you find it challenging to take care of live plants, I promise you; if you do your research you can find the most low-maintenance plant breed that you can easily handle. But also feel free to find a gorgeous fake plant or two if it’s easier and you’re happy to miss out on the health benefits.  

This is a fantastic way to add some vibrancy to your interior space on a modest budget but that makes a big impact. Take a look at my mood board below to give you some ideas of how you can go about windowscaping.