Confession: I have become totally obsessed with indoor plants.
I don’t know when or how it happened, but my thumbs have suddenly changed from black to green and I’ve managed to accumulate a collection of potted plants dotted around my home… and I can’t seem to get enough!
Who have I become?!
But in all seriousness, whilst it’s true that paint, wallpaper, furniture and other decorative items can set a room’s tone, plants bring something special to a space.
Whether it’s the simple greenery of a hanging shrub or the stunning beauty of a flowering plant, they can alter the look and feel, and lift any part of your home from simple to stylish, good to gorgeous!
So I thought I’d share a few of my favourite ways you can use plants to decorate your home.
One of the most striking types of plant you can put in your home is one that stands tall! There’s a certain elegance and grandeur about these types of plants, which can add a real touch of chic to any room – living rooms in particular. Standing plants work particularly well in corners as they fill an empty area, turning it from dull space into something delightful.
If you’ve got the space, a Fiddle Leaf Fig plant creates a wow factor, as its flowing leaves and impressive height own the room.
When we think hanging plants we generally associate them with the outdoors, but they can work really well inside too, especially in the bathroom or even the kitchen. If floor and surface space is tight, a cascading plant that drapes from your ceiling is a great option. Not only are they an opportunity for you to get some greenery into your home, the way they are displayed can create a sense of scale and height as well.
Devil’s Ivy is one of the best – just be careful with the pruning and care, as this gorgeous plant has the capability to grow to up to 12 metres.
Low maintenance style
While you might choose some plants for their specific look or to fill a certain space, you also need to think about how much time and effort you can (and want to) put into looking after them.
For those of us who haven’t got the time or inclination to nurture, low maintenance options are the way to go. But just because they have minimum input, you’ll still get maximum effect out of these types of plants and they’ll provide a real feature in your home.
Ficus Elastica (Rubber Plant) and Zamioculcas Zamifolia (ZZ Plant) are two great choices as they are super low maintenance and require very little watering.
The pot makes the plant
One of the easiest ways to add your own personal style to a plant is with the pot you choose.
Gone are the days of keeping them in the ugly plastic pot they came in or the basic plain terracotta variety that everyone seemed to have back in the day. Now? There’s a style, colour, size and texture to suit everyone and every home.
So have fun with your pots and don’t be afraid to mix and match – especially when displaying plants together in a group – it adds interest.
Making a mess of it
I won’t lie, I used to be super precious about gardening… actually, that is a lie. I hated it. Now I find it relaxing and rewarding.
But let’s be real: it’s messy.
So, if I’m potting a new plant, I’ll either buy it already in a pot or ask the shop to pot it for me. If I’m doing it myself at home, I will set myself up in the backyard.
It can be dirty work, so if you’ve made a mess of your clothes, look up some magic tricks for stain removal (ie: for lily pollen stains)… or use it as a good excuse to go shopping!
(I’ll always find a way…!)
Any other green thumbs out there? What are your favourite plants?
(I took these photos at my favourite local plant shop, Suci Potted Plants in Goodwood, SA.)