I love being in nature, especially hiking in the redwoods or walking along the beach. I especially love going on treks in a foreign country where I get to explore the beautiful local landscape of magnificent mountains, lush green hills, and colorful fragrant flowers. Since I love being in nature, I naturally enjoy seeing designs that incorporate plants in a residential or commercial space. There’s something so refreshing, peaceful, and calming about them. They add life, movement, texture, and good positive energy into any space. Plus, they help clean the air, lower your risk for illnesses, boosts your mood, and promotes healing. Plants are great for a corner area or an awkward space. Here are 5 tips for decorating with plants bringing beauty, character, and connection into your home or office environment.
1. Hang Plants From The Ceiling
Hanging plants from the ceiling at varying lengths adds height to a room and draw your eyes up from floor level. Hang ferns, ivy, spider plants, air plants, or succulents in pods or planters in an empty corner or unused space. It’s a great way to add life, texture, and movement to your space. You can even create a beautiful hanging garden integrated with lights over your dining table like the design below from Cooley & Rose. The garden is self-maintaining through a simple but effective irrigation system.
2. Group Plants Together
If you don’t like the idea of hanging plants from the ceiling, you can create clusters or group plants together in different sizes and colors in a variety of pots or terrariums. Group together small plants such as succulents, jade plants, moss, cacti, or aloe together on your coffee table, dining table, bedside table or along a window sill or bench. Grouping a few small plants together in several areas within one room draws your eye around the space, creates visual interest, and makes a stronge collective statement.
3. Floor Plants As Statement Pieces
Floor plants make a great statement piece and creates a focal point in a space. A favorite among designers is the fiddle-leaf fig plant because it conveys a strong design impact in any room. Place the tree under a skylight or next to a window as this plant needs as much sun as possible. Water once a week or once the top of the soil is dry and the leaves soften. Another popular trend I’ve been seeing in interiors is a single large cacti in colorful baskets or planters placed in corner spaces of living rooms or bedrooms. Swiss cheese plants are another large-leafed plant that is popular as indoor plants and add warm, tropical appeal to any interior.
4. Hang Plants As Wall Art
If you are looking for something other than hanging artwork on your walls, create your own masterpiece with an assortment of air plants that hooks easily into the wire grid of an Airplant Frame made by AirplantMan or you can create your own out of wire mesh. A large living work of art is perfect as a focal point behind a sofa, above a dining buffet table, or as a headboard in your bedroom. You can create patterns and designs with individual ceramic wall planters in various sizes and colors along an entire wall or in corner spaces like the image below by Vintage Revivals.
5. Place Plants On A Shelf or Bench
Plants look great on shelves, a deep window sill, or on a bench which helps create dimension and height. Group a collection of low-maintenance plants such as aloe, air plants, and succulents varying the heights of the plants, or adding one vine-style hanging plant to the mix. If you have a deep window sill, a variety of plants perched on a sill can be a great way to close off a small section of a window and get some privacy where you don’t want to hang curtains. Plus, it’s visually interesting so see a bunch of beautiful plants grouped into a corner of a window huddling together. You can also cluster plants together on a bench in an entry way, living room, or in your bedroom. Raising plants from ground level draws your eye up and helps make an impact and statement in your space.