Ask any interior designer, and they’re sure to tell you the same thing: homes are more vibrant with plants. Want to lift your space without doing any intensive DIY? Buy some plants. Keen to bring the outside, in? A trip to your local garden store will sort you out. Is the air in your house a little stuffy? You guessed it – time to invest in some plants.
Beyond their aesthetic purpose, plants actually improve air quality, offer sleep benefits, lower blood pressure, and decrease stress levels. So, now that you know that you need plants for both decorative reasons and for maintaining good health, it’s time to set about actually arranging them in your home. If you’re eager to learn how to beautify your place with plants, then don’t worry about hiring yourself a décor expert. The following five ways of adorning your space with plants are sure to transform your home into a greenhouse in no time.
WORK BY SCALE
If there’s one golden rule to interior decorating with plants, it’s to keep things proportionate. Say you’re dealing with a living room where the highest piece of furniture is no taller than your hips: a seven-foot-high plant is going to quite literally swamp the room. If you’ve got too much empty space in a room, however (long hallways are a prime example), then a floor plant in a statement vase can bring just the right amount of gravity to the space.
Go through the rooms of your home and identify any empty spaces which may be crying out for a little greenery. Because plants come in all shapes and sizes, finding a proportionate candidate for each room is sure to present no difficulties. Even the most compact of surfaces – desks or coffee tables, for instance – can be suitably fitted out with a small plant or two.
It is also important to take note of the type of area your plants will be in- if the space is exposed to a lot of natural sunlight, then the types of plants you chose must be able to grow within this environment. The same goes for plants placed in shaded areas of your home.
PICK THE PERFECT VESSELS
Pots and planters are almost as important as the plants you put in them. Depending on your preference or your design vision, the vessels you choose for your plants can make a real décor statement.
For a minimalist look, you can go for all white or clear glass plant pots. The focus here isn’t color but rather shape and geometric pattern, which you can feel free to switch up. On the other hand, if you do want to bring some bright hues to the space, you can choose pots in a playful color or design.
TRY A PLANT HANGER
In functional spaces like the kitchen, it’s not always practical to have your plants scattered over the counter-tops. Solve the problem of space and spice up your home cooking with a plant hanger or five. Plant hangers are ideal for herbs and other small air plants and look very winsome indeed hanging amidst the pots and pans.
You should feel emboldened to choose plants which are as colorful as they are long-lasting. Orchids are a particular favorite with interior designers, since they’re fairly hardy and come in a variety of bloom colors. For special occasions or a much-needed pop of color on a grey day, you can opt for pre-cut or wild blooms: all you need to do is arrange them nicely in a pretty vase, and voila, an instant lift.
FIND THE RIGHT PLANTS FOR YOU
The ideal plants are the plants which reflect your lifestyle and design preferences best. For plant enthusiasts with fur babies, for example, it’s important that you consider pet-friendly – not to mention beautiful – plant species like the Calathea Peacock when you’re looking to buy large plants. Long-hanging plants are also a great option if you prefer something that is both pet-friendly and low maintenance. And for those among us who haven’t been blessed with the gardening gene, succulents and mini cacti make a fantastic compromise.
Cloe Matheson spends most of her days indoors cooped up in her own corner crafting articles for various blogs, businesses and technology sites. A nature lover, she draws inspiration from her collection of cacti. Read more of Cloe’s published work here.