There’s just something about house plants that give your home vibrancy, freshness, and color. Especially in the winter and spring when the view outside the window can be a little drab and dreary. So it only makes sense that there are so many people who believe you can never have too many plants!
Not only do they literally breathe life into a room, but they come in a staggering array of shapes, sizes, shapes, and colors, to vibrantly access just about any décor.
Whether you’re ready to add extra life to your home with new house plants, or you are looking for a new way to freshen up your existing flora concepts, you can draw some inspiration from the ideas below.
Hang Your Plants High
Unless you have enormously tall family members chances are good you’ve got a lot of available space to hang plants from your ceiling. It’s one of the best and easiest ways to conveniently add more plants to your home. Ideally, you want to hang them in front of a window where they can make the most out of the available light. Though some low-light varieties can be hung in corners or even near a skylight.
Pairing Plants With The Existing Décor
When it comes to placing plants in a room, you want to consider the existing décor. Especially the color of the walls and wallpaper. Consider the color scheme from the perspective of accenting or contrasting colors. Then you can pair shapes with geometric patterns to make the plants truly stand out in their own glory.
This also means that if the room has a lot of sharp angles in the wallpaper, trim or other style features it might not work well with a vining plant. Yet everything could truly come together if it’s tightly pruned to a crisp geometric shape.
Incorporating Plants with Tasteful Storage
When you stop and think about it, a lot of indoor house plants have special needs. This might be things like needing to be trimmed, pruned or suckered occasionally, or given a special dose of fertilizer. Not to mention the special watering requirements most need to be able to thrive in indoor life.
Setting your plant on a tasteful base helps to elevate it, while also giving it more visual prominence in the room. Of course, it can also give you a great opportunity to integrate some small storage compartments. Even something as simple as a small drawer or a tiny cabinet can give you a place to stash clippers, pruning shears, or watering instructions.
This way you don’t have to keep going back and forth to get what you need to care for the plant. All while keeping essential items tastefully tucked away until you need them.
Window Displays For Sun Loving Plants
There are a lot of popular indoor house plants that need more than just dappled sunlight to thrive. When you move them in front of a window in a major locale like the family room, you allow yourself to create a display space. Especially if it happens to be a flowering variety.
Pairing just the right plant stand or indoor baker’s rack is about more than just functionally holding a plant up and off the floor. It also serves as a critical framework to draw in the eyes. It’s a great opportunity to create a visual feast with organically flowing lines.
Of course, one of the issues with sun-loving houseplants is that they tend to go into partial dormancy or die back in the winter. Especially if you live in a northern state where the winter days become dramatically short. In a scenario like this, you might want to add to your display some synthetic, vinyl, or silk plants. They look just like the real thing and will give your plant display the same vibrancy it had in summer, to get you through the long months of winter.
Add Annual Herbs To The Mix
You might not know this, but a lot of the savory, aromatic herbs you grow outside in the garden or on your balcony in a container can come indoors to grow during the winter as if they were improvised perennials.
Some of these plants like rosemary can nearly play double duty as a sort-of aromatic bonsai tree. Even Italian flat leaf parsley will develop a sort of trunk that lets it rise up like a bushy centerpiece. Other herbs like oregano and thyme can replicate borders, while still adding aroma to the equation. Best of all, they can also be pinched here and there to give you fresh herbs for the kitchen.
Just keep in mind that most herbs will need around 4 to 6 hours of sunlight indoors. So, you will need to give them their own bay window or a window display to make sure they get the light they need to thrive in the winter months. When summer comes around again, they can go back out onto your deck, giving you more interior space to set up a new seasonal display!
Make The Most Of Vivacious Vines
Vining plants offer up a unique organic shape that you can contour over time. This includes Pothos, English Ivy, Burro’s Tail, Purple Heart, Tradescantia Pallida, Creeping Fig, and String of Pearls. Just to name a few.
Once you find a home base of the pot to support the vining plant’s roots, you can tastefully add the appropriate trellising to let it grow. This might be wooden slats, tasteful wire, or even cool-running string lights. The organic opportunities to sculpt these vines offer truly endless creative possibilities.
You could also use vines as window dressing. This starts with placing two pots to support the roots of the vining plant of your choice. With one on each side of the window, you can train them to climb the windowsill until they reach the top where they can connect. The light coming through the window will support photosynthesis. The vines themselves will add window dressing that no set of curtains could ever compete with.