The Winter Garden Decoration is an item increasingly asked during projective conceptions of reform and construction, whether residential or commercial. I really like the green scenery from the composition of specific plant species, which provide visual well-being, thermal comfort to the environments in which they are inserted and the residents, who will enjoy them.
They have been especially explored by Landscape Architects and are arranged through decorative vases, flower beds, flower boxes, vertically on walls, horizontally in corridors, skylights, balconies … Many do not know, but winter gardens are so-called because winter is the season of recollection, warmth, introspection, and proximity. So to speak, we can establish that the winter garden is the one that remains “close to us” and knowing this man-nature interaction is that the landscape professional will seek, in the different species, to awaken a mix of sensations that will be perceived in a plurisensory way (hearing, smell, touch, sight, and taste), in a stylized way and using creative tricks when composing spaces, even if they are very small.
Combinations with “natural elements” and derivatives, which can sharpen the senses of residents and also awaken the real purpose of welcoming them, are very welcome. Exploring us from the timelessness of wood, which has the function of heating, snuggling and rusting the space in question or perhaps, for example, seeking therapeutic properties through water, which fluidizes feelings, calms and can be arranged through mirrors. ‘water or fountains. Without forgetting also, the lighting resources and applications of stones (which refer to heat) when it comes to valuing this special environment even more, materializing the element “fire” in a playful way.
Where to position the conservatory? Which species are ideal for creating a harmonious garden? What decorative elements can be used to enhance the look? The decoration of the winter garden needs to be able to combine practicality and beauty, especially when space is limited. Check here our list with everything you need to know to create a beautiful winter garden!
TIP 01 – POSITIONING:
Due to its popularity and practicality, the decoration with winter gardens can be found in entrance halls, sharing environments such as living rooms and kitchens, corridors of rooms and even bathrooms. The idea of adding a portion of nature into the home is a will of the majority in the “jungle of stones” in which we live. However, choosing the correct location, as well as the correct species, will lead to the longevity of the garden and will enhance the entry of natural light and ventilation into the environments.
Replacing walls with gardens when separating environments is a great idea for those who value comfort and well-being. But the benefits don’t stop there! Especially when it comes to limited areas, where you need to consider saving space (for example, popular houses) and money, winter gardens fit like a glove! They value all the faces of the environments they reach, delimiting them when at the same time they integrate. A beauty only !! Look how cool!
DELIMITING ENVIRONMENTS WITHOUT LEAVING TO INTEGRATE THEM
Knowing how to take advantage of the space is essential for a good interior architecture project. This is true both for wider spaces and for leaner spaces. Among so many options to complement that little space left under the stairs, a great option would be to use it for a neat garden, which offers pleasant sensations for users and breaks, can still be valued with lighting. Look:
Bathrooms are environments for which I have great appreciation and have been increasingly a reference in the group of contemporary decor. Although intimate, they carry the personality of each resident, and many times, the lavatories draw more attention from visitors, who will enjoy this space much more often than others. The infinity of finishes that we have on the market today, allows this small space to be unique and to enhance it, I like to enrich it with plants that have, par excellence, the ability to recycle the energy that comes in and out, in addition to give life. Winter garden in the bathroom, yes!
And imagine that it delights, relaxing in a bathtub contemplating you?
Winter gardens are widely used in the separation of bedrooms, as well as arranged individually for each one. Accompanied by large openings, the natural plants provide purity, warmth, refinement and freshness, since the green roof considerably reduces the percentage of heat incident on the room.
They can be arranged in large pots on white pebbles, vertically through pallets or even, conventionally, grown on the soil itself.
IN THE KITCHEN
The kitchen is the place where we have a great concentration of vital energy circulating, stored and being prepared. That energy is food. In addition to needing it to survive, it must be enjoyed at a full table with family or friends. By the principles of Feng Shui, assigning nature to the kitchens, means revitalizing that energy as I mentioned above, because natural plants have the power to recycle them and renew life in the environment.
Contemplative gardens provide well-being at mealtimes, an important moment for us human beings. See what a delight!
DISPOSALS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RESIDENCE
“Halfway there was a garden. There was a garden halfway. ” – Literally bringing nature into the home. I like the feeling of internal – external integration that winter gardens bring us and the capacity by which they can completely transform the environment in which they operate. They are never expendable, except for those who really don’t like plants. For those who love, like me, it is like adding life to the home. The slits and skylights that allow its installation, provide cross ventilation and natural lighting throughout the residence.
When combined with effect lights, they are perfect !!
The strategic positioning of a winter garden decoration ensures that all eyes are on it and make it the center of the house. They renew the air, renew life and sharpen the thermal comfort of the environment. By itself, it becomes a strong element in the interior decoration and still guarantees great moments of conversation and relaxation beside it.
TIP 02 – IDEAL SPECIES IN WINTER GARDEN DECORATION
Using suitable species that are resistant to indoor conditions, winter gardens can adapt to any corner that receives lighting.
In addition to decorative, they are attractive alternatives for homes that do not have backyards. For those who live in apartments, the tip is to bet on vertical gardens, which are composed of plants fixed to the wall and are easy to assemble: you can do it yourself! The seedlings are fixed using live bags nailed to the walls, which rule out the need for waterproofing them.
Even if the environment chosen for the construction of your winter garden receives plenty of natural light, it is common that plants do not receive sunlight directly on them. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to the selection of species that are able to develop well in indoor environments and that remain beautiful for longer.
The ideal is that we choose half shade plants, which are already commonly used in interior decoration. In addition, each plant has its specific needs, and the study of each one is essential. Since I mentioned earlier about positioning, it will be necessary to first define the location of your garden, in order to determine the appropriate species.
For locations that receive direct sunlight:
Succulents are little plants beyond special, ideal for the lazy and forgotten on duty! They are very easy to take care of as they belong to the cactus family, that is, they are related to the cacti. They do not have thorns and similar to cousin cousins, they accumulate water inside their leaves, that is why they are “chubby”.
They need sunshine always close by, as they are typical of desert regions, in addition to prefer the sandy soil instead of earth soil. They are usually arranged in pots on the floor or fixed to walls.
Here, some species of succulents for your garden:
– Aortia ( Haworthia cuspidata )
– May Flower ( Schlumbergera truncata )
– Jade ( Crassula Ovata )
– Phantom Plant ( Graptopetalum paraguayense )
– Pearl Plant ( Haworthia margaritifera )
– Stone wheel ( Echeveria sp )
– Golden Carpet ( Sedum acre )
– Dedinho de Moça ( Sedum burrito )
– Echevaria Baby ( Echeveria derenbergii )
DRACENA DE MADAGASCAR ( Dracaena marginata ):
Madagascar dracena is a shrubby, branched plant, with an exotic and sculptural aspect, which can reach up to 5 meters in height. Its leaves are long, linear, about 30 to 90 cm long and arranged in a rosette at the apex of the branches. In the original plant the leaves are dark green in color with narrow red margins.
They must be cultivated under full sun or partial shade, in fertile, light soil and enriched with organic matter, with periodic irrigations. Typically tropical plant, does not tolerate the cold and needs places with enough light.
CHROTON ( Codiaeum variegatum ):
Cróton is a shrub that has gained prominence in the decoration of environments and gardens around the world. It can reach 2 to 3 meters in height and has a very attractive foliage, mainly due to its intense and exuberant color, with mixtures of red, purple, pink, white, yellow, green or orange.
Crotons need a lot of light to grow well and maintain their lush color. Preferably, keep as much direct light as possible. In dark environments, its leaves become ugly and may fall, leaving the plant very stressed.
STRELITZIA ( Strelitzia reginae )
Also popularly known as Ave-do-paraíso, the stelitias are rustic plants and can be grown alone or in groups such as massifs, rows or borders. It requires little maintenance and is indicated for tropical gardens, mainly gardens located on the coast, as they tolerate strong winds and salt in the soil.
They must be cultivated in full sun or half shade, in fertile soil, well drained, and enriched with organic matter, watered regularly. Look at that wonderful flower!
Plants for shade:
ORCHIDS, VIOLETS AND BROMELES:
Orchids, violets and bromeliads are beautiful, decorative plants and characterized by charming flowering almost all year round. They are characterized by the fact that they like protected places and do not like water very much except for violets. These, even though they are darlings in the house, because they do not demand much attention, require care regarding ventilation. They are shade plants, which can receive a certain solar incidence, but not directly. Too much sun burns its petals and makes them look yellowish. Fresh and airy places are ideal for violets.
PACOVÁ, SWORD OF SÃO JORGE AND PALMEIRA CHAMEDÓREA:
PACOVÁ ( Philodendron martianum )
Lovers of shade, pacovás are species made up of dark and continuous foliage, however, during their flowering it is necessary at least a little bit of natural light, even if not directly over them, which can be resolved when positioned close to doors and windows. They can be planted in pots or grown directly in the soil.
SWORD OF SÃO JORGE ( Sansevieria trifasciata )
The Sword of São Jorge is a plant widely used by superstitious people, as it guarantees to ward off the evil eye. Currently, it has gained much prominence in the field of interior decoration, because its dark green foliage does not require so much care. It does not require constant maintenance and has excellent resistance even in places with low light.
CHAMEDÓREA PALM TREE ( Chamaedorea elegans )
One of the most used species for interiors and its maximum height does not exceed 2 meters. Ideal for environments that are away from direct sunlight and love humid locations. They crave frequent care when watering and moisture in the soil, which can be inserted into pots or grown in the winter garden’s own soil.
JIBÓIA ( Epipremnum pinnatum )
One of the few indoor climbing plants, Jibóia grows supported on substrates such as xaxins or other plants. They have colorful foliage, but are commonly found in shades of green and smaller sizes because they remain in the shade. Demand frequent watering too, as it needs the substrate to be always moist.
SAMAMBAIAS ( Pleopeltis pleopeltifolia )
And last but not least, ferns are very present in vertical gardens, easy to be made and do not require expenses during execution. They are perfect for adding freshness to the environments and develop very well in places with low light incidence. Watering should be frequent too, but be very careful not to soak the substrate!
TIP 03 – DECORATIVE ELEMENTS FOR WINTER GARDEN
The plants, by themselves, already make the winter garden imposing and beautiful. I mentioned earlier that the composition of a winter garden requires a series of factors, tricks, choices … Part of this composition is lighting to enhance species, or decorative objects that arouse interest in interacting with it. Cushions, seats and spotlights complement and add great value to the internal space, thus making it attractive both for those who live and for those who visit. Follow!
The lantern was one of the most sought after decorative objects during the past year. Besides being passionate, they can decorate different environments and add charm to them. When lit, they foster romanticism, warmth and can be associated with colorful candles, dry, succulent leaves … They are available in various models, colors and sizes, details and materials. Look how beautiful!
Super delicate right?
Decoration darlings and that when we translate “garden seats” into Portuguese, it means garden benches. Originally from China, they are made of porcelain and as a good oriental piece, they have their meanings. The age-old pieces symbolized status and were often found in the gardens of wealthy homes. When they arrived here, initially they were arranged in gardens and then won the hearts of decorators and architects for being as versatile as lanterns.
However, in contrast to the delicate and rustic lanterns, the gardens seats can represent a certain sophistication when inserted inside the house or associated with solid and classic paintings. In the gardens, there is an invitation to contemplate even more the well-being of nature, support a glass of juice, pots and even books. Look:
COATINGS WITH PEBBLES, STONES AND GRAVELS
There are winter gardens in which the seedlings are planted directly on the ground and there are also cemented gardens, which require dry ground coverings such as bark, stones, pebbles and pots.
The gardens where the seedlings are planted in the soil, require natural lighting almost directly over them. Cemented ones, on the other hand, are indicated for areas that get little or no sun, that’s why dry linings and the search for pots.
In terms of practicality, cemented gardens are still the most sought after and the variety of options for dry roofing, besides being accessible, does not promote dirtiness. Pebbles and stones for example, in addition to serving as lining, can only create decorative borders or landscaped paths. They are also widely used as coatings, which further reinforce the “natural” issue.
The gravels are the most rustic group. They are beautiful when associated with foliage. I really like the composition. In addition, more than stones, they give us the feeling of warmth, as they come from wood, a warm, cozy material. They can be associated with pebbles and stones combining tones.
TIP 04 – LIGHTING FOR WINTER GARDENS
Well, you can already see the feeling of peace that a winter garden brings, right? From what I wrote about the lanterns, I can also see that lighting only tends to enhance even more its small portion of nature.
For you who follow the blog weekly, you should have already read in the previous post a little about lighting double rooms, in which I explain about the types of ideal lamps and where to apply them. Well, here that explanation fits very well! A tip to rock the winter garden lighting is to bet on aluminum spots available on the floor with a focus on the garden wall, or with a focus on plants. Everything will depend on the focus of the light. Knowing where to direct it is very important!
I emphasize here, that the intention of lighting in the winter garden is not to light the whole environment, but, from focuses, to value species to add warmth. And then, here’s the tip: opt for the LED spots, which despite being a little more salty in price, are much more economical and efficient!
Another widely used option is the sconce. It is a type of luminaire fixed to the wall with a diffused or directed light source, forming beams of light and enhancing the coating applied under it. The intensity and color transform the garden into a dazzle!
TIP 05 – DECORATION COATINGS FOR WINTER GARDENS
Although generally small, winter gardens are the result of a series of factors, which together make it the most beloved environment of the house or apartment. If they are attractive in themselves, who knows, with a super background coating!
We currently have a wide choice in construction finishes that make the finalization stage the most special. There are so many cool options that we can get lost! Brands, sizes, prints, textures, prices… doubts….
I started the subject of winter gardens by quoting about its meaning, about the combination of natural elements with their derivatives and that is where we should focus. Gardens are made up of life. They bring out the rusticity and direct us to materials with a rough and cozy profile, such as wood, cement (concrete), stone. For color lovers like me, decorated tiles as well as darling hydraulic tiles are also great options!
These here, using the relaxing properties of water to enhance the sense of the winter garden. Feeling of peace and freshness!
Ufa! How much option right?
Attention to the types of materials chosen that must be resistant to humidity and, to harmonize with the residence or apartment, the ideal is that it follows the pattern and style of the construction or internal decoration. A safe way is to repeat some finish already existing in the project, internally or externally.
Stones, bricks and textured masses, from what you could see from the images, work very well! You can also associate them with some color of your choice or a more striking coating like tiles, as long as they do not fight with the rest of the house’s coverings.
It is very important to remember that if the garden does not receive natural light, it is necessary that the place is well waterproofed. Otherwise, infiltrations, the appearance of mold and, consequently, a stained wall will appear. As a result, it is worth mentioning that dark colors tend to enhance them.
I hope you enjoyed and learned a little about the famous and beloved winter gardens! I’m a fan of cards!