Tiny House enthusiasts are often green people who love nature and enjoy a view of greenery around them. In addition to trees, shrubs and plants around the outside of your house, plants inside your Tiny House are also very valuable. They create a good atmosphere, purify the air, positively influence your mood. They are beautiful to look at and fun to take care of. Even in a small house, you can do a lot with greenery – even if you don’t have that much space.
Big or small?
You may think that it is better to put small house plants in a small house. But sometimes it works better in a small interior to work with a few large elements than with a lot of small elements. It makes the room more peaceful. This also applies to plants. A large pot with a large houseplant in it immediately gives your home a pleasant atmosphere. If plants are important to you, then it is perfectly justifiable that your green housemate gets a prominent place in your Tiny House. It really becomes an eye-catcher in your home. But if you prefer to have several small plants scattered around your house, that is, of course, also possible. After all, the Tiny House philosophy is that you consciously choose what suits you.
Make use of the vertical space
In a Tiny House you have few unused surfaces and you don’t want to overload it with stuff. You can put several plants on the floor, but then you need to constantly move them when you are housekeeping. You can also choose to work vertically by attaching beautiful boards to the wall and placing plants there. Hanging plants are also a good option. Plant hangers of all shapes and sizes are available in most garden centers. Or you could make a green wall! You can do this by attaching a rack or mesh to the wall and hanging small pots in which you put the plants. Bags made of jute or another material offer a great alternative, but of course you have to put a waterproof liner in them before you put the plants in.
Another cool idea: a picture frame with plants. You can make them yourself if you are a bit handy. If you briefly Google you will come across very nice examples with DIY descriptions. Like Like this frame with a variety of succulents, for example.
Plants can be put anywhere
Why would you only put plants in your living room? You can also easily store one or more plants in the bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. You immediately make the space a bit more cosy! Here too you can use plants on (book) shelves or in plant hangers, so that you do not have to move them all the time when cleaning. You can of course also give your bathroom a jungle theme and fill it up completely with exotic plants. Have a little fun, do what makes you happy!
Plants for healthy air in the home
It has long been proven that plants are good for us. Living in a green environment has a positive effect on both your physical and mental health. But plants in the house also contribute directly to the air quality in the house. There are species that do that extra well, such as the blue fern and the spoon plant. NASA has even written a guide to which plants are most effective at filtering the air in your home. And they should know; fresh air is extra important in space!
What to consider when purchasing plants
It is good to take the conditions of the location where you want to put the plant into account when you go to buy a plant. How much sun is there during the day? Is it a cold or drafty corner? How big can the plant grow there? It is also a good idea to take your (lack of) green fingers into account. Some houseplants simply require more care than others and are more vulnerable if not properly cared for. If you often forget to water, for example, it is better to choose a somewhat stronger plant that can handle that. You have to do work really hard to kill a cactus or a grass lily. And you even have air plants, which remove moisture from the air and you do not have to water at all. Isn’t that neat! They will appreciate a little wet spray from time to time but can last for a long time without.
If your plant becomes too big for your Tiny House in the long run, consider taking your plant to a plant shelter. There are more and more of these throughout the Netherlands and the sweet volunteers there will find your beloved plant a nice new home where it can continue to grow. It can feel a bit like your baby is all grown up and moving out, sniff … I know. Letting go hurts! ;)
House plants on the porch
Don’t forget your porch! You can also put a few beautiful house plants in a sheltered spot. Keep in mind that they really must go inside in the winter. You will need to have space for that, unless you have a greenhouse outside. But it is very cosy having a few plants around you on your sitting area outside. You usually have more space there than indoors, so you can put larger plants there. Take the pot into account: pots for indoor use usually do not have a hole in the bottom that an outdoor pot does need. Otherwise, your plant will drown after a heavy rain shower.
Have fun “greening” your Tiny House!