The paint is flawless, the floors are gleaming. The furniture and decor is spot-on.
Why not try decorating your home with a little more life?
We know from the last post, indoor plants are amazingly beneficial for our physical and mental health. Air quality is improved, toxins are lessened in our indoor environment, and our stress levels are reduced.
And we know that not all plants need a lot of care or maintenance to provide us with such amazing benefits.
Style your home with plants that make a STATEMENT. Either big, interesting or both.
Look to cacti and succulents. With their unique shapes and structural looks, they are easily a design piece on their own. And they are incredibly low maintenance.
Tropical plants do well as standalone design statements too when it comes to decorating your home with plants. Their big leaves and fanned structure grab the eye – and they often grow quickly too. They’re more likely to need a more humid environment, so these are great for a bathroom design piece.
Smaller potted plants, dainty and perfect for the shelf or mantel, can be beauitfully paired with other design pieces. From framed photographs to small antiques and favorite collections of books, and of course art – mix in an array of smaller plants in different types, sizes and potting styles for a simple styling with depth.
If you’re still in the process of renovating your home or your new home isn’t quite finished, try to fit in a few strategic shelving spots that will be perfect for decorating with plants.
A higher shelf, adjacent to a window for a nice source of natural light, is the perfect perch for statement plants or a full row of them.
This utilizes the empty space often closer to the ceiling and brings the eyes up, making a room appear larger and more open.
What type of plants should you prop on a higher shelf?
Decorate with a trailing plant or two, like English Ivy, Hanging Fern or Pothos. And then mix in a few other types in different pots or glasses to great a strip of green.
Your kitchen naturally has a few shelves too (or it should!) and plenty of light, so pop in a plant here and there, focusing on the ends or right in the middle amongst your other kitchen paraphenalia, for a subtle pop of life.
Along with the same design style shelves, you can also employ the use of leaning wall ladders and carts as well as tv stands and bookshelves.
Hang humidity-friendly plants over the bath for a lush relaxing atmosphere.
Popular hanging plants include the Kokedama, meaning ‘Moss Ball’ in Japanese. This Japanese garden art has been around for centuries and is a ‘no-pot’ concept for plants. These take a bit more maintenance and dedication though and are only suitable for certain types of plants and less sunny spots in the house.
Now here’s a great design for indoor plants. Combine the beauty of the plant with the layering of other outdoor materials like stones or shells, soil and sand, all contained in a specific terrarium container. Often a mix of glass and metals, these are perfect pieces for side tables, kitchen islands and coffee tables.
Bring life into your daily work routine by decorating your office with indoor plants.
We all spend probably far too much time contained within the walls of our office, so it’s important to bring the outdoors in as much as possible.
Create a green oasis to make getting through emails and Zoom calls that much more bearable.
Invest in the right pots and containers. From terracotta to cement, woven grass baskets and fabric carryalls. Then there are stands and you can even place a plant on an empty chair in the corner. Get creative but remember – less is more (usually).