Decorating with plants is an easy, affordable way to brighten up any room instantly. Not only do plants add beauty and texture to a space, but many species also help purify the air in your home (Lohr, 2010). With so many creative ways to incorporate greenery into your decor, there's no excuse not to try it! Read on for ten inspiring ideas that will make you fall in love with houseplants all over again.
1. Hang plants from the ceiling
Hanging plants from the ceiling brings a touch of boho-chic to any room. Invest in macrame plant holders for an instant makeover that will transform any space. Use S-hooks to hang your plant hangers from the ceiling. Choose lightweight plants with trailing foliage for maximum impact. They can create a vertical garden effect and add interest to a room without taking up any floor space.
2. Use plants as wall art
If you’ve got empty wall space, why not fill it with unique, living art? There are a variety of plants that can be hung on the wall, from ivy to succulents. Moss art is also an increasingly popular option and can be created in any design you can dream up.
You can attach a wooden frame to the wall and secure a base layer of moss with hot glue. Then, use tweezers to attach other types of moss, lichen, and air plants to the base layer. You can use a hot glue gun with stencils for a more intricate design.
3. Create a plant wall
For an even more dramatic effect, you can build a wall of plants. Use planters with different shapes and sizes to create a beautiful tapestry of leafy greens. Make sure to invest in quality planters designed to withstand moisture and water. Install shelves to hang your plants from, or drill holes into a wooden panel and attach the planters with a hook.
It’s the perfect way to add color and life to any room. A plant wall can bring a dramatic, lush effect to a room - a great conversation starter, too!
4. Incorporate plants into shelves and shelving units
Adding plants to shelves and shelving units is an easy way to decorate without taking up too much space. Place small potted plants between books and decor for a truly unique look. Choose plants that don’t need too much sunlight or water. Choose lightweight plants with trailing foliage for maximum impact. Not only will your shelves look great, but the plants will add oxygen to the room for a healthier environment.
5. Use plants as room dividers
Plants are a great way to divide a room without using bulky furniture. If you’ve got an open-plan living area, put some plants in the center to create a natural divide. They can provide privacy while allowing light to pass through and creating a cozy, inviting atmosphere.
If you’re feeling creative, decorate the divider with string lights or other decor items for an extra touch.
6. Add plants to window sills
A classic decorating trick is to decorate window sills with plants. Not only do they bring life and color to a room, but they can also help purify the air in your home.
Place a variety of plants on the sill, or opt for one large statement piece for a unique look. An east window is an excellent spot for succulents and cacti, while west or south-facing windows are better suited to leafier plants (Pennisi, n.d.).
7. Use plants as table centerpieces
Plants can add a natural touch to a dining or coffee table. Use them to create a variety of looks, from formal to casual. Place leafy plants like palms, dracaena, hoya, and zebra plants on your dining table. Snake plants, philodendrons, and peace lilies are great for coffee tables.
Place them in a stone planters for a classic look, or decorate the pot with paint and other decor items for a more modern style.
8. Incorporate plants into furniture
Choose a piece of furniture, like a dresser or console table. Add a few matching planters and group them for an effortless decor look. These pieces make a great statement in any room and bring a unique touch of nature to your decor.
9. Use plants to add color to a room
Bring pops of color to a room by decorating with plants. A few brightly colored flowers or foliage will instantly make any space feel more alive and inviting.
Choose plants that will complement your decor for a look that is pulled together and beautiful. Like roses and carnations, red and pink flowers will make a bright statement. For a more subtle look, decorate with greenery or potted houseplants like orchids and ferns.
10. Decorate with a terrarium
Whether you want to showcase succulents, cacti, or other small plants, a terrarium can be perfect. This would make a great centerpiece or decorate a side table. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but the terrarium will help regulate humidity and temperature for the plants inside.
With these ten tips for decorating with plants, you can create an inviting atmosphere that will make you fall in love with houseplants again! Adding plants to decor can bring peace and serenity while brightening up any room in your home. Get creative with decorating, and you’ll be sure to enjoy the beauty of nature in your decor.
Lohr, Virginia. (2010). What Are the Benefits of Plants Indoors and Why Do We Respond
Positively to Them? https://public.wsu.edu/~lohr/pub/2010LohrBenefitsPltsIndoors.pdf
Pennisi, Bodie. (n.d.). Growing Indoor Plants with Success. https://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=B1318
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