How do you create a jungle effect?
Turning your home into an urban jungle is actually quite easy. Be sure to use many natural elements in terms of furniture and materials, such as wood and stone. Think ceramic flower pots, a rattan chair or a wooden planter chair. The wallpaper with jungle print definitely contributes to the jungle atmosphere. Finally, of course, the plants do the rest of the work!
Don’t be afraid to make plant arrangements a little messy. This creates a “jungle effect”, because not everything is so orderly and symmetrical in the forest either. Place a few small plants next to one large plant, play with different heights and fill empty spaces with a lush oasis of plants. Play a little with the decor and try to be different. And above all, find matching plant pots and choose, for example, rattan and stone as repeating elements.
Lots of plants fit into this trend. However, there is one clue that will help you simulate this effect as closely as possible: choose houseplants without flowers or bright colors, so only with green leaves. In this way, it is very easy to place plants together in groups and combine them. But what plants are really suitable for a jungle home?
The messy and adorable look of the Musa plant is sure to add a jungle effect to your home. This tropical plant loves sunlight and takes a lot of water in a light setting, so make sure it doesn’t dry out. If you put it in the right place and keep the soil slightly moist, this plant can take off quickly. Please note that you do not put it in direct sunlight immediately after purchase, otherwise the leaves may burn.
Monstera is also known as the pit plant. This plant is truly native to the woods, so it definitely deserves a spot on this list. Just like the banana plant, this plant likes a slightly moist soil, so don’t let it dry out. She is not a fan of direct sunlight and can be placed in a dark place in the house.
This plant originates from the rainforests of South America. You can recognize it by its deep green, heart-shaped leaves. It is a climbing plant, but you can also give it a place as a hanging plant on the ceiling or on a dresser or wall shelf. Just make sure it is not exposed to indirect sunlight. The plant is easy to care for and thus a good choice for people who don’t have a green thumb!
This tropical plant is also called elephant ear and comes from the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia. Even in your living room, Alocasia can shoot up to two meters in the air. Place it in a light spot but avoid direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn. Finally, keep the root ball slightly moist at all times, as is typical for the plant in the tropics.
Known as the curly fern, this plant can be recognized by its bright green, wrinkled leaves. Unlike other ferns, this plant can also tolerate a sunny position. In addition, this plant needs very little water. In winter you have to be careful with this plant. It hates cold and can hardly tolerate temperatures below 15°C.
This plant is used to growing in the shade of other forest giants. So put it in a place with indirect sunlight. What makes this plant so special is that it is also known as a “living plant”. Do you hear rustling in the morning or evening? Don’t be alarmed, these are Calathea leaves that close in the evening and open again in the morning. They come in all kinds of sizes and shapes, but one thing they all have in common: beautiful graphics on the sheet.
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