Find out how to incorporate plants in your home decor.
If you love gardening, using flowers and plants in your home decor will feel like a natural progression. Plants come in such a wide variety of colors and shapes that your options are wide open. Of course, you can always go with a potted plant on the window seal, but there are other fun ways to incorporate plants into your home. We’ve put together our favorites to jump start your creativity.
Hanging plants are perfect in homes where square footage is an issue. Macrame hangers, hanging glass orbs, or a simple hook are a good use of vertical space. Plants that droop and hang down over their containers look the best. Try pothos, English ivy, or the heart-leaf philodendron. You’ll need good potting soil and make sure the plants aren’t hanging over something that could be damaged by unexpected leaks.
A Color or Shape Theme
Unify your decor with a themed approach to your indoor plants. If every plant in your home is in a white pot they’ll look unified even if size shape varies. You can also unify with the shape or go with an eclectic theme and decorate the pots yourself. The plants can be displayed together on a single bookshelf or corner, or spread them throughout your home.
Terrariums are like creating a mini habitat within your home. Glass bowls and containers of all sizes are designed for use as terrariums. You can fill them with sand and display a few succulents or fill it with glass marbles and air plants that don’t require soil.
Speaking of air plants, if you’re looking for a simple, hassle-free way to fill your home with plants, these are it. Tillandsia, or air plants, don’t require soil to thrive. Depending on the season, you soak them in water for 15 to 30 minutes, hang them upside down to dry, then leave them alone until it’s time to water again.
You can put them almost anywhere in a boot, bottle, or resting in a pot. They can be hung in glass orbs for a unique take on hanging plants too. Your creativity can really flow with these little beauties.
Herbs are simple to grow in a kitchen window. Small and unobtrusive, you can clip a few for the freshest flavors in your cooking. Start with a single pot or opt for a box planter if you’re feeling adventurous. Not all herbs are easy to grow or thrive in every climate. If you’re new to the green world, opt for basil or parsley, which are generally easier to grow. Make sure they get plenty of sun, and you’ll be harvesting your own herbs in no time.
Incorporating plants into your decor requires a serious look at your personality. Do you already love gardening? Then a high maintenance plant probably won’t be an issue. However, if you love the idea of plants, but once you’ve gotten used to seeing them you might forget to water them, something a little hardier would be a good idea.
Know yourself and how much maintenance you’re will to do. The easiest plants will be those that naturally thrive in your climate. Consider how much sunlight you get in different areas of your house. You’ll save yourself some heartache by doing your research upfront.
Heather Viera is a lifestyle expert and researcher for FamilyLivingToday.com. She is dedicated to achieving a balanced lifestyle, even with two small children and a full-time career. In the little free time she has, she enjoys hiking with her partner and taking her dog to the beach.