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11 Simple Ways to Style Indoor Plants

If you ask us, a plant-filled home is a happy home. When it comes to decorating with plants, there’s no shortage of ideas for making them part of your decor, be it a tall leafy tree in the living room or an array of low light plants and cacti for your office. But knowing what greenery to bring in and how to arrange indoor plants to suit your style and space can be a challenge, especially if you’re a plant beginner.

For starters, choosing the best indoor plants depends on the space you’re decorating, how much light the room gets, whether you want it potted or hung from the ceiling. Or maybe you’re thinking watering and planting is too much trouble altogether and want to go with faux plants instead.

If all that sounds overwhelming, don’t worry. You don’t have to figure all of that out on your own. Head to your local nursery or garden center where you’re picking up your indoor plants and ask an expert there. They’ll be able to show you the best options for your space and walk you through all the plant care tips you need to know.

Before you step foot into the plant store, though, you’ll want to make sure you have a general idea of what you might want for your space. To inspire you, we’ve rounded up 11 vibrant ways to decorate with plants in your home. Take a peek and pick up a few stylish design tips below.

Tablescape of Foliage

No need to stick to pots and vases for your indoor plants. Get creative with a simple dining table centerpiece that’s a mix of greenery and florals. Garland greenery is perfect here.

Decide whether you want to go with real florals, dried varieties, or faux ones. Then, add in candles, votives, and vases and weave your flowers and foliage through these accents for a full and textured look. Make sure your centerpiece runs the length of your table.

The Best Part: It’s great for all seasons, dining table sizes and shapes, and dining spaces big or small. It’s also a gorgeous way to dress up your table for special occasions and holidays.

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Raised Focal Point

Turn house plants into a focal point in your bedroom by hanging greenery above the windows. It’s a clever way to add in greenery without it taking up space on your nightstand or dresser top.

Opt for a drapey plant that gives you a full overflowing look when it’s hung up. It will add instant texture and color, and it will give your room a more dynamic look. Round it out with botanical elements, like floral art and pillows, and a few small succulents on your bedside tables.

The Best Part: Indoor plants can enhance the mood as well as set a calming atmosphere in your bedroom. Certain plants, like lavender, rubber plant, dracaena, and the spider plant can purify the air and result in a fresher, cleaner bedroom.

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No Green Thumb Needed

If you love the idea of indoor plants but aren’t good at caring for them and keeping them alive, consider dried stems. The pampas grass here brings texture and a beachy vibe to a living room corner without taking up tons of floor space.

If you’re allergic to plants or have high-energy pets or kids, dried stems and flowers can be a simple and sculptural option. You can also swap in eucalyptus, which has long leafy branches that can introduce eye-catching shape and color as well.

The Best Part: Try for a mix of faux and live plants. Using faux plants and dried stems is not only low-maintenance, but they also look so real that they can actually go nicely with other live plants around them.

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Curated Cluster

Stumped with how to arrange indoor plants for a curated and purposeful look? Group plants in cool planters together in one corner of a room. This works great with taller indoor plants, but you can also use varying height plant stands to prop up smaller plants.

You can’t go wrong with this approach, which is why it’s probably our favorite way to decorate with indoor plants. Combine different plants, like palm plants and cacti, to play up a lush jungle vibe. And be sure to use complementary plant holders in a range of materials and colors to give your plant cluster an organized look.

The Best Part: Think of the plant holders and plants themselves as room decor, not an afterthought. The more diverse your plants and planters, the more they’ll add to the overall mood of your space!

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Center Stage

For a minimalist approach to decorating with indoor plants, focus on one type of greenery and make it the spotlight in your room. Arrange it in an attractive vase so that it’s the visual focus on a main surface in your space, like your entry console or your coffee or dining table.

Our go-to is always a bouquet of eucalyptus, which gives you a bold dose of color, shape, and organic texture. Or if you’re planning to put your plant in a windowless room that doesn’t offer a lot of natural light, consider a low light snake plant, which offers the same visual impact.

The Best Part: If you’re decorating with one specific greenery or plant, pick something that is full and tall so that it has a lot of presence and isn’t dwarfed by other items in your space, especially if it’s for your dining table.

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Welcome To The Jungle

Any greenery or plant in your entryway is sure to set a welcoming mood. In addition to serving as vibrant decor, plants will also help deodorize the space with their natural fragrance.

Since it’s one spot that doesn’t get a lot of sun, low light indoor plants are best for this high-traffic area. Try seeking out tall and lean plants, like snake grass or a fiddle-leaf tree, that you easily fit into smaller, more narrow entryways as well as tight corners.

The Best Part: Faux trees and plants in the entryway can be a practical choice. You’ll also save yourself the trouble of having to water the plants and clean up fallen leaves regularly. Finish by diffusing earthy essential oils to fake the natural scents.

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Vibrant Vignette

If you have a no-functioning fireplace, rethink the entire space as a display of indoor plants. It’s a creative way to liven up an unused space and make it a focal point in the room.

Mix different types of plants in a range of sizes, arranging taller and bigger greenery around the hearth and decorate your mantel with smaller potted plants. Once you have your plants, layer in other accessories like books, vases, bowls, and art to really bring the space to life.

The Best Part: The plants you choose should be as bold as your fireplace design. Our picks for the best indoor plants here would be a large philodendron or a monstera, both of which have sculptural leaves that are sure to always stand out.

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Perfect Plant Corner

In case you haven’t noticed, we love finding new uses for furnishings for an unexpected look. One of our favorite hacks is to use books and house plants as decor on a bar cart.

Wherever your bar cart is placed, turn it into a corner of its own by adding shelves above for more storage and plants. The key is to spread out your indoor plants from the ground up, starting with large trees on the floor, medium leafy greenery on the shelves, and small succulents on the bar cart. This way you’ll see a pop of green at all levels

The Best Part: You basically have free reign to use whatever planter or vase you like here. Just keep them neutral so that they don’t overpower the plants. Try also using lightweight terrarium gardens and faux flowers so that there is less worry about plants spilling or toppling over.

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Secret Garden Cove

Transform a reading nook or awkward inlet into a garden hideaway with a large potted house plant and some hanging greenery. Just make sure the space gets plenty of natural light so that your indoor plants can thrive.

This is a great way to warm up a small space or an unused corner in the home. Layer in nature-inspired finishing touches, like ocean-print and botanical pillows, a sheepskin rug, and a compact wood stool, which will usher in major comfort and charm.

The Best Part: Keep in mind that plants on the ground can provide texture to your floors while hanging plants are great for high ceilings. Try hanging a few chain lengths and different hanging plants to create a cascading effect.

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Lush Shelf Life

Turn any bookcase into a captivating display and storage space. Mix an array of indoor plants with books, knick-knacks, objects, and mini sculptures to make your storage look like a curated collection of unique finds and plants.

There’s no rule for how to arrange indoor plants on your bookshelf, but a good rule of thumb is to make sure you have a wide variety of leafy greenery, tall cactus, and some small trees and flowers. They’ll provide lively contrast to all your books and objects.

The Best Part: A plant-filled bookshelf is perfect for small living rooms and home offices where storage is key. The greenery will open up your room and bring in tons of visual texture without making the space appear cramped.

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Room With A View

Whether it’s your living room or bedroom, framing a large window with lively house plants and greenery will help play up the view inside and outside.

Bring together hanging and floor plants in front of your window and choose eye-catching vessels for them. A woven basket planter is perfect for a tall leafy tree while brass hanging planters are great accessories for adding a touch of glam. Think of this combo as a high low mix that will help ground and center your focus on your window scene.

The Best Part: Consider indoor plants like aloe vera, jade plant, African milk bush, and snake plant for greenery that can handle a lot of sunlight by a window.

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Time to Go Faux? Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Faux Plants

Artificial plants have a bad reputation in the world of interior design. To some people, they are only slightly better than weeds in the plant kingdom hierarchy. And frankly, the faux plants of yesteryear deserved this bad rap. They were made of thick plastic and looked about as real as you’d expect (that is to say: not real at all).

Fortunately, those days are long gone and the faux plants of today are realistic, long-lasting, and absolutely beautiful. They look so real that you might even find yourself watering them – whoops!

So, if you want to infuse your home with some greenery and decorate with indoor plants but aren’t sure real plants are for you, consider some faux alternatives. Still not convinced? Read on to get some of your burning questions answered and learn a little more about why it might be time to change your tune on faux plants being a faux pas!

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Is it ok to decorate with faux plants?

The short answer? Yes! Like we said, faux plants don’t have the same tacky reputation they used to. (No shabby plastic plants here!) Some people prefer real house plants (we love them too), but artificial plants can be better for certain homes.

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What’s so great about faux plants, anyway?

1. They’re Low Maintenance

Not everyone has a green thumb. If you’ve struggled to keep your plants alive, and often find yourself overwatering or letting them dry out, listen up! With faux plants, you get all the beauty without the worry. Plus, no more asking the neighbors to take care of your plants while you’re on vacation—you can have your tree and not water it, too! With a faux option, you’ll never have to stress about it dying on you. How’s that for freedom?!

2. They’re Durable

While real plants can be delicate, faux plants are as beautiful as they are durable. Real plants also demand a certain amount of sun, the right amount of water, and protection from pests and diseases. When a real plant has been around a few years, it can feel like a miracle. On the flip side, our faux plants are made out of durable materials. So not only do faux plants last for years, they also maintain their good looks the whole time.

3.  They Look Good

One of the best benefits of faux plants today is how real they look. Unless you really know your way around the garden, you probably can’t tell the difference with the new, better materials used today.

At Modsy, we partnered with the leading manufacturer of artificial plants, DW Silks, to add some of the most-popular and long-lasting faux plants to our catalog. We’ve dubbed them our So-Real-You-Can’t-Tell-They-Are-Fake-Line. No one will ever call your striped agave an imposter!

4. They’re Versatile

Perhaps the best benefit of faux plants is that you can put them anywhere. When you are a parent to real plants, you have to accommodate your photosynthesizing babies by giving them the right spot and sunlight amounts to thrive. In contrast, faux plants thrive no matter where you put them, regardless of your environment!

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Are fake plants more expensive than real ones?

To be totally honest, they can be! If you look through the faux plants in the Modsy catalog, you’ll quickly realize that high-quality fake plants can be a bit of an investment. But just remember: these are for the long haul and can last for years and years when properly cared for. And hey—if you have a track record for killing plants, investing in some artificial plants might just be a better use of your money. After all, a faux plant is a one-time purchase, while replacing a dead plant every couple of months can really add up!

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So, should I get real or fake plants?

Ah, the heart of the matter: is real or faux the way to go for you? This totally depends on the person. But here are a few things to consider:

Maintenance

Real plants require more work than faux ones. So, consider how much maintenance time you’d like to put into the greenery in your home. If semi-regular dusting is all you can muster, faux is the way to go. Same for if you travel a lot for work, as it can be difficult to keep up a consistent watering schedule.

However, it can be rewarding to care for something and watch it grow. If you don’t mind putting in some facetime with your plant babies and digging your hands in the dirt, maybe you should give real plants a try! (Just be sure to dig into our houseplant care guide before you get started!)

Environment

When comparing the merits of real vs faux plants, consider your home’s environment, specifically the lighting and temperature. Some plants need certain living conditions to thrive. If your house doesn’t get a lot of natural light, certain plants might not be happy there. If your home’s air is super dry or you like to keep things cold, but you love the look of tropical plants, you may run into problems.

Think about what types of plants you’re drawn to, then do some simple research to see if they’ll thrive in your home’s environment. That can help determine where your real plants go in your home or if you should opt for faux plants since they can go anywhere!

Household Dynamics

The presence of kids or pets in your home can also be a big determining factor in if you get real or fake plants. Certain plants are poisonous or simply irritating to the digestive system if ingested, so you want to be conscious of the real plants that you do bring into a home if you have a pet or toddler who might get into your plants. And if you have a kiddo who loves to explore or a dog with an out-of-control wagging tail, plants can easily tip over. With real plants, the dirt can spill and scatter all over the place. That may drive some people nuts while others may see that as simply par for the course.

So, your family dynamics and personal preferences can affect your choice of plants, and even the types of plants you get if you decide to go for the real deal.

Skill Level

Do you have a green thumb or have you killed every houseplant you’ve ever owned? While you can certainly level up your plant care skills, if all your plants die, maybe go faux. No shame in that!

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Do fake plants make you happy?

We’re big believers in the idea that bringing plants into your home decor can add to your happiness. But do fake plants have the same effect? Well, that depends on you! We dug into this idea in episode 5 of our podcast, The Render, when we talked with an expert on environmental psychology. There’s an old adage that “plants make people happy.” (In fact, the hashtag #plantsmakepeoplehappy has over 7 million tags on Instagram!) But the reality is, there’s no magical happiness chemical given off by our leafy friends.

The psychological benefits of house plants tend to come from the happy, satisfied feelings created from caring for a living thing. It can also come from the positive associations we have with the beauty of the natural world. (Which is probably why plants are a great way to add feng shui to your home.) With that second point in mind—if you find plants beautiful but can’t care for a real one, faux plants will likely still activate that psychological response and increase your happiness.

What it boils down to is having a more beautiful home, filled with things you love. This, in turn, makes you happier. So, can fake plants make you happy? That’s up to you!

 

Stylists’ Picks: The Best Faux Plants

Ready to bring home a faux plant baby? Shop the best faux plants in the Modsy catalog by size!

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