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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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