Flowering plants provide attention grabbing color, especially when you choose a plant with long-lasting flowers, like anthurium. This tough-as-nails houseplant unfurls red blooms with a waxy sheen and open steadily all year long when plants receive bright light. Give the thick, leathery leaves on anthurium—or any houseplant—a sheen by spraying with a solution of ½ cup milk (skim or reduced fat) and ¾ cup water. Rub the leaves gently with a soft cloth, then dry with a clean, soft cloth. Be sure to spray both top and bottom of leaves.
Problem: Swarms or clouds of tiny white creatures fly into the air when you move your plants. Solution: You’ve got whiteflies, insects related to aphids that suck plant juices. They make a sticky substance called honeydew that can attract fungal diseases. Spray the plant with an insecticidal soap, following label directions. You’ll probably need to re-treat. Some gardeners use a homemade spray of 2 parts rubbing alcohol, 5 parts water and one tablespoon of mild liquid soap. The good news is that some houseplants, like this red Anthurium, are seldom troubled by these pests.
Every country cottage has at least one “porch plant” gotten as a start from someone else’s garden. This classic old Pelargonium, often called geranium, is tough, drought resistant, tolerates a wide range of conditions, and is easy to grow from cuttings.
This well-rounded Scarlet microfiber sofa will defy your design expectations. Its terrifically touchable microfiber, matching throw pillows and ample seating space make it decidedly down to earth. Plus, its tailored narrow arms and tight, inverted camel back provide a sleek look.
A piano is decorated with a burgundy and gold throw in this bright red music room. A large, ornate, black and gold mirror is on the wall nearest the piano, while two red chairs, a red padded ottoman, and red and gold drapes continue the room's color scheme.
There is no other color on the planet that conveys more energy and warmth or makes more of a powerful statement than the color red. Red kitchen cabinets and accessories evoke a sense of fire and sunsets.
This playful bedroom features charcoal shag carpet, bed spread and wall treatment with pops of red-orange in the side table and throw pillow. The intensity of the red-orange with the calming dark tones and soft surfaces create a balanced, inviting space.