5 inspirational ways to decorate with plants
Adding a selection of house plants to your home is one of the easiest ways to add a splash of natural beauty, character and colour to your living space.
But, aesthetics aren’t the only reason you should be choosing house plants to accent your decor. It is scientifically proven that houseplants make your home’s air fresher, resulting in a healthier home, which in turn, reduces depression by bringing the outdoors in. Some plants, especially herbs, also provide an additional use and are great for adding a “chefy” touch to your cooking
Even if you only have a small space to work with, or don’t have a particularly green thumb, there are still many ways to add a natural splash of green to your decor. As long as you choose the correct plants and add a pinch of creative inspiration, your houseplants will thrive.
Whether you are designing your space from scratch, or simply looking to add in a new natural touch, exploring your floor space is a great way to find opportunities to add houseplants into the room.
Floor plants bring a plethora of advantages as decor accessories, The range of colours and textures that they offer an always be counted on to give the finishing touch to a space. The versatility in the scale of free-standing plants means they can be small enough to accent an oak desk or shelf, or they can be big enough to take up a feature floor space.
If you have a room that is a lacking a little green, paired with a lonely-looking empty space, a floor plant is the perfect option for you Have a look around your home and the next time you see an empty corner or bland-looking wall, and the space doesn’t feel like its completed, don’t just add in more furniture, check out what a floor plant can do for the room! Floor plants are very often the missing decor ingredient that changes a house into a home, while also bringing a new sense of life and nature to the decor.
But when exploring your home for empty corners to fill with plants, it is important to remember that houseplants are living things, and do require a few simple things. When deciding where you should fill your space with a plant make sure there is sufficient natural lighting. Along with making sure that the size of the` floor plant fits the room. A floor plant that reaches high in the space, while the rest of furniture is low, could create a feeling like it’s consuming the space, and vice versa.
Some examples of popular floor plants are:
- Yucca (Low Maintenance)
- Fiddle Leaf Fig
- African Candelabra
- Tree Fern (Low Maintenance)
- Natal Mahogany (High Maintenance)
- Split Leaf
- Rubber Tree (High Maintenance)
A windowsill in your kitchen is the perfect spot to grow a selection of indoor herbs. However, If you do not have a decent-sized windowsill in your kitchen, you can still make a beautiful herb garden by hanging small herb planters on your cabinets or walls. Or, if you have a lot of countertop space, you can create a small tiered herb garden by using a cake stand or fruit bowl and getting creative!
One of the best ways to combine the natural beauty of her plants with the functionality they offer is to have a hanging herb garden in the kitchen. By using small plant pots, it’s easy to keep a selection of fresh herbs with easy-access in your kitchen, that will not only give a beautiful touch to the space but also add a new dash of fresh flavour to your cooking as well.
It’s simple to create a hanging herb garden in your kitchen. For a brick wall, simply use a couple of small planters and some screws to create a beautiful effect. Using individual planters instead of shelves, you can create a minimalistic yet interesting pattern that lets you create functional wall art in your kitchen.
Some examples of kitchen herbs are:
- Parsley. A mildly bitter herb that can enhance the flavour of your cooking.
- Mint. Freshens the breath and will help to calm your stomach. Also used in cocktails and drinks.
- Dill. A great herby flavour for fish, lamb, potatoes, and peas.
- Basil. Popular in many different cuisines, but is the main feature in Italian cooking.
- Sage. Powerful flavour for seasoning meats, sauces, and vegetables.
- Thyme. Use for adding an extra depth of flavour to egg, bean and vegetable dishes.
Cacti and succulents
Caring for plants can sometimes be a burden, especially if you tend to spend longer periods of time away from the home. Some plants can be far harder to look after than others, and keeping your houseplants healthy can be time-consuming in some cases. But even if you do not have a green thumb or your home is too warm of a climate, there is still a number of aesthetic, easy-care houseplants for you to choose from; we are of course talking about succulents!
So, where should you put cacti in your house? Well, a varied selection of cacti and succulents create a green and lively decor, as they are types of desert plants, succulents are well-suited to hot environments that would be less than desirable to other plant types. This type of houseplant requires very little maintenance, water or sunlight, making them the perfect choice for longevity and their interesting looks have a unique aesthetic to add to modern decor. This means they make the ideal addition to pretty much any room, but create a unique green touch to bathrooms, offices and living rooms.
Some examples of popular indoor cacti are:
- Barrel Cactus. Needs plenty of sun and not much water.
- Feather Cactus. Look fluffy and soft, but is actually spikey.
- Old Lady Cactus. Easy-to-grow & a great choice for a beginner.
- Blue Columnar Cactus. Fast-growing and easy to care for.
Ceiling hangers are an ideal solution for adding in a touch of nature to unexpected places around your home, especially if you tend to have smaller rooms or a lot of large furniture. Place ceiling hangers are ideal for placing near windows, in bathrooms or even over an oak dining table to add another dimension to the living space.
If you live in a small space, ceiling hangers are a brilliant houseplant option as you won’t lose any floor, shelf or wall space, and they add an unexpected green layer to the decor. Ceiling hangers are a versatile and excellent way to explore different species and varieties of houseplants and find the best ones for your space. From trailing vertical plants, to little succulent arrangements, ceiling hangers are a great way to explore your decore in a creative and unique way.
Some examples of the best plants to hang are:
- Arrowhead Plant. Like humid conditions, so they’re great plants for the bathroom or kitchen.
- Boston Fern. Purifies the air, so it is ideal for bedrooms.
- Burro’s Tail. Interesting features and is east to care for.
- Chenille Plant. Produces unique pink flowers and is a great feature piece.
Bathrooms are often a neglected room of the house, leading them to feel bare and without character. Accenting your bathroom with plants is always a sure-fire way to add a fresh touch of natural character to your space.
For a somewhat industrial but retro look, simply hanging greenery from the shower curtain rail to complement a vintage-style bathtub and tiles create a spectacular bathroom aesthetic. Tile grids for green plants are another space-saving way to add a touch of nature to bathrooms. Or simply placing a few simple plants on you windowsill creates a fresh decor accent.
Some of the best plants for bathrooms are:
- Spider Plant. Water once a week.
- Bamboo. Fast growing, and can be moved into the garden once mature.
- Aloe Vera. Very useful, medicinal plant and is easy to care for.
- Peace Lily. Purifies the air.
- Snake Plant. Has very aesthetically pleasing leaves.