Decorating with plants is one of the most effective ways to bring life and nature into any home. Plants have the power to breathe new energy, create an aesthetic feel, and add a touch of green to your living environment without overwhelming it. Whether you’re looking for stylish hanging planters or greenery-filled shelf designs, there are plenty of creative options out there when it comes to decorating with plants.
If you’ve been considering giving your space a natural makeover but aren’t sure where to start, look no further! In this blog post, we will explore some simple tips and tricks on how to successfully decorate with plants in your home.
1. Display soilless air plants
Displaying air plants is a popular houseplant trend that continues to grow in popularity. Air plants make a beautiful, low-maintenance houseplant option that adds life and colour to any space. There are many different species of air plants ranging from bright pinks and greens to vibrant oranges and blues, making them a great choice for decorating. Whether you place them on the windowsill or in a terrarium, these unique houseplants can add an extra layer of character to any room in the house. Common species of air plants include Tillandsias, which have whispy leaves and require only occasional misting to survive. They’re the perfect houseplant for busy individuals or anyone looking for a low-maintenance houseplant option.
2. Hang plants with macrame
Macrame is the perfect way to spruce up any houseplant, no matter what species it is! Not only does it give houseplants a stylish touch, but macrame can prove to be a beautiful addition to your home decor. Whether you prefer natural materials of cotton or jute, or something more colourful such as wool yarn, macrame will have houseplants looking great in no time at all. What’s more, hanging plants with macrame is an ideal project for anyone, regardless of their crafting skills—from beginner to veteran crafters alike. Not only will you end up with ornamental houseplants that make the room more lively, but you’ll also have a fun DIY project on your hands!
3. Use floating shelves for trailing plants
Floating shelves create a versatile opportunity to combine artfully arranged houseplants with décor. This unique shelf mounting system is an ideal way to show off trailing houseplants for a natural, vibrant look in any room. Trailing houseplants like Philodendron and Epipremnum (Pothos) are especially well-suited for this type of display since they naturally hang down from above. You can experiment with different species and colours of houseplants to get just the right look that fits your interior decorating style. Floating shelves provide the perfect backdrop to feature your houseplant collection and their cascading vines.
4. Grow a herb garden on your kitchen windowsill
Gardening on a windowsill is an excellent way to bring nature indoors and spruce up the kitchen, while also providing an opportunity to improve biodiversity in your local area. With houseplants being so popular right now, why not grow something useful like herbs that can also benefit the environment?
By growing herbs on your windowsill, you can provide a food source for local wildlife like bees and butterflies, which are crucial for pollinating plants and maintaining a healthy ecosystem. There are so many different species of herbs to choose from like basil, oregano, rosemary, lemon thyme, and parsley. You can even have fun decorating the windowsill with different containers such as jugs or jars.
Imagine how satisfying it will be to use your own homegrown ingredients while cooking up a delicious meal in the kitchen and contributing to local biodiversity at the same time!
5. Get some large statement floor plants
Large statement floor plants are ideal as they can instantly draw attention and bring life into an otherwise plain setting. Whether you opt for potted palms (Areca or Kentia), rubber trees (Ficus elastica), or Fiddle-Leaf Figs (Ficus lyrata), you will find houseplants of many species that can work with any interior theme and environment. Plus, houseplants are also known to improve air quality – a major bonus of these green beauties.
6. Hunt for antique and vintage planters
From one-of-a-kind terracotta styles to classic ceramic shapes, there’s something special about finding a piece of history to house your houseplants. Not only can it be an interesting activity to search antique specialists and charity shops for unique finds, but it’s also a great way to give houseplants an extra touch of personality. You can even upcycle a jar or vase you already have at home and give it a new life filled with greenery.
Additionally, you can use your newfound finds for decorating as well: group them together as a set, hang them up on a wall bracket, or craft an artistic display atop a dresser or shelf. An adventurous hunt for antique and vintage planters can result in a characterful addition to your home.
7. Upcycle old bottles and cans into planters
The process of upcycling old bottles and cans into planters is not just a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, but it can also be an extremely enjoyable hobby as well. There’s no limit to the houseplants you can grow when you use different shapes and sizes of bottles and cans! Try growing different species with varying leaf shapes and colours – tall vines, wide succulents, leafy trailing plants, or mix them up for a more eclectic look. As you decorate with these DIY planters, houseplants will add life to any space while purifying toxins found in conventional household products. Start upcycling today!
8. Group plants together
Grouping houseplants is an excellent way to bring additional life into your decor. Whether inside or outside, it is easy to create a beautiful and eye-catching display of houseplants within almost any environment. Creating cohesion across different species of houseplants helps create visual balance, unique patterns, and brings dimensionality all in one go. Grouping houseplants can be used when creating a terrarium, incorporating many shades of green in one space, or by combining houseplant species sharing the same light, soil and water requirements.
9. Prioritise space near windows
When decorating a house, prioritising space near windows is an excellent approach as it can provide houseplants with the light and nourishment needed to thrive. Of course, it’s important to pick houseplant species that are suitable for your home’s condition, such as whether it’s exposed to harsh seasonal elements or if the house has chilly drafts. Upon finding the perfect houseplants for the windowsill, it can add a splash of life and colour to a room in ways other decorations simply cannot.
10. Grow cacti on a sunny window
Growing a cactus in a sunny window is not only a simple yet effective way to spruce up any room with houseplants, but it’s also easy to do. All you need is an ideal spot with enough sunlight for the cactus to thrive and some basic knowledge about the different species available. It’s incredibly rewarding when your houseplant starts to bloom or develop new offshoots, and there are lots of fun ways to experiment with decorating when it comes to cacti―you could even create a miniature garden scene of various shapes and sizes in one pot.
11. Make your own terrarium
Building a terrarium is a fun and unique way to house beautiful houseplants, without needing a lot of space. You can fill it with all kinds of species, depending on how much light and water the environment requires. When assembling your terrarium, consider the plants and the size of the container you have chosen. To make your terrarium more interesting, you can include decorative items such as stones and sea shells from beach trips or pebbles from the garden. With a little bit of creativity and patience, you can not only house lovely houseplants in your creation but also add character to any room in your house.
12. Use plants to divide a room
Houseplants are the perfect way to divide a room in the house. Instead of using bulky furniture or other neutral decorations, houseplants bring life to the space and can often be used to create distinct boundaries between zones. There are a variety of houseplant species available to choose from, ranging from tall, bright plants that will immediately draw attention to ones with trailing ivy that can define an area without being too obvious. This makes houseplants an effective and stylish choice when decorating and dividing up rooms in the home.
How to make sure a houseplant is right for your space
When it comes to selecting a houseplant, it’s important to make sure that the environment you have available is suitable. The light should be the first consideration; research the type of lighting your potential plant needs and if you have a window or indoor lighting that offers enough light for its requirements. The temperature should also be considered – as most plants are happiest in normal household temperatures ranging from 10-30 degrees Celsius.
Additionally, consider if regular watering is compatible with your lifestyle – some plants require more attention than others, so that should be taken into account when choosing the right plant for you! When it comes to decorating, a neutral colour scheme that includes features like a beige sofa, a light grey wallpaper or wooden furniture will create a stunning contrast against your houseplants.
The benefits of houseplants
Houseplants offer many incredible benefits. With routine care, they are perfect for adding a little bit of life to any room in the home. In addition to providing a much-needed pop of colour and visual interest, houseplants can improve air quality (according to NASA) considerably by filtering out dust, mould and other toxins. Moreover, looking after plants can reduce stress levels and boost concentration and productivity while also creating a sense of satisfaction when the plant is taken care of properly. Planting a seed allows us to be part of something bigger–it sparks curiosity, encourages responsibility and fosters creativity among us all.
With a little bit of creativity, you can turn your home into an oasis with the help of some plants. Get started by trying out one or two of these ideas and see how you like them. And who knows, you may just get hooked on Plant Decorating!