Why You Should Be Decorating with Houseplants

No matter what stage of decorating your room is in, accessories are an important way of making your space feel homey and inviting. If you flip through our catalog or browse your favorite home decor magazines, you’ll notice that in every shot, we’ve decorated with houseplants, a flower arrangement, or greenery. It’s an important trick in photostyling that we like to incorporate into our rooms because it perks them up. Below we make a case for why you should bring them into your spaces and our best tips for incorporating them seamlessly.

1. Mix Fresh and Faux Houseplants

Decorating with houseplants can feel intimidating if you don’t have a green thumb, but there are tons of ways to add in fresh plants without having to brush up your horticulture. 

Long-lasting and Hard-to-Kill Plants

If you’re feeling nervous, dip your toe in slowly and start with plants that are hardy with a long shelf life. Orchids, succulents, and houseplants like philodendron are all great options and are easy to find at the grocery store or hardware store. We like to dress them up in pretty containers and cachepots that link your plant to your decor style.

Faux Trees & Branches

Faux plants have come a long way and look incredibly realistic these days. We love our Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree for it’s height and vibrant green color, and no one will ever known it isn’t real! 

Branches are another way to decorate with plants, and their height and gnarly shape makes a dramatic statement, perfect for a centerpiece or entryway.

How to Arrange Faux Botanicals the Stylish Way

Moss in Every Shape and Size

The varieties of moss and ways to use it are endless, and we love working into arrangements and planters. Fill a bowl with moss balls or add a sheet of moss at the base of a faux plant.

Live Goods

Of course houseplants aren’t the only way to bring live goods into your room. A bowl of fruit can be an impactful addition to a dining room table or kitchen island. Lemons and apples are a classic look, but we love to use squash and gourds in the fall, pomegranates in the winter, and exotic fruits in the summer. Think seasonally and shop your grocery’s produce section for unexpected additions!

2. They Add Color

There’s something about chartreuse and kelly green that can liven up any space and flatter any color palette. 

Green complements so many other colors, so it works seamlessly no matter what palette you choose in your home. We like to decorate with houseplants in areas of the room that need a little brightening, like corners. Stand back and look objectively about which parts of your room might feel dead, and bring them alive with something green!

3. Interesting Shapes and Textures

It’s important to bring contrast into a room with a variety and shapes and textures and houseplants and greenery are an easy way to do that. Do you have a round table with a round chandelier? Bring in a spiky succulent onto your table. Is everything in your room smooth and polished? Think about adding a chalky, texture planter with a leafy fern.

When you’re decorating with houseplants, use them as an opportunity to fill a gap in your room and you’ll make your space come alive.

4. Add Height and Scale

Every room needs something tall and a big fiddle leaf fig is a great way to bring height to a room. Another great trick? Use a pair of hanging planters hung from the ceiling? It’ll fill a dark corner and draw the eye up!

A pair of standing planters widens this narrow consoleAre you having difficulty with scale? A house plant is a great way to camouflage scale issues! Make a small side table feel larger, a console feel wider, or a bookshelf taller.

5. Consider Containers

What container you put your houseplant in can be as impactful as the plant itself. We like to use planters and pots with unique shapes and textures to complement the shape of the plant, contrast the other elements in the room, and to create a focal point.

As a general rule, your plant itself should be about equal to the height of your planter and no more than twice the height. The width of the plant should be about twice the width of the container.

Terrariums are a pretty way to bring plants into your home and to give them a longer life. We love how self sufficient they are and the way their shapes feel both modern and classic.

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.

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