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It’s no wonder that people are obsessed and looking to incorporate plants into their interior design. Regardless the size or design style of your space, this stylish trend works in every interior design project.
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Instead of being added as an afterthought, amazing designs can be created from planning spaces around plants. Use plants to soften the edges of a room rather than throwing one planter on a random table in the living room. Hanging planters and wall-mounted containers can add interest at different heights. Plants are truly a form of art—use them as such by placing them on shelves or other spaces where natural gaps occur.
Plants come in a wide array of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. Find plants whose foliage or blooms complement your room colors. Select a planter the way you would furniture—match the overall style and color theme you are going for. Don’t be afraid to mix it up. Some spaces may call for a single statement plant, while others may call for a cluster of plants. Playing with different leaf textures within these clusters can make for some pretty incredible displays. Dress up the planters by adding moss or rocks to the top of the soil.
An elevated Monstera is a great statement piece to create interest.
Lavender plants will add a subtle fragrance and promote relaxation.
Ivy & Pothos cascade beautifully from high shelves in bathrooms.
Small plant varieties, such as succulents, are great for dining room tables.
using plants in interior design
It is best to start by analyzing your interior space to determine its lighting conditions. It’s important to note that light levels can differ in various rooms around a home or office. This is the absolute most important part of choosing an indoor plant. Placing a high light plant in a room that receives very little sunlight is going to end badly, no matter how great it looks in the beginning. After that, take the following into consideration:
- Overall space – If you are designing for a smaller apartment with size constraints, you probably won’t want to introduce Monstera, which can grow quite large if not maintained.
- Style – Mid-Century modern is all about simplicity. If you are designing for this style, you will want to find a plant whose foliage also complements the style—think fiddle-leaf fig.
- Color scheme – Similar to ‘style,’ choose foliage or blooms that complement the overall design scheme. Certain plants offer variegated (multi-colored) leaves in addition to the traditional solid green color we are used to.
- Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
- Philodendron ‘Xanadu’
- Swiss cheese plant (Monstera)
- Madagascar dragon tree (Dracaena marginata)
- Snake plant (Sansevieria)
- Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)
- Zebra plant (Calathea)
- Elephant ears (Alocasia)
- Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
- ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
- Song of India (Dracaena reflexa)
- Succulents & cacti
- Fiddle-leaf fig (Ficus lyrate)
- Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)
- Jade plant (Crassula argentea)
- Parlor palm (Chamaedorea elegans)
- Dumb cane (Dieffenbachia)
- Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)
- Yucca (Yucca elephantipes)
- Money tree (Pachira aquatica)
- Umbrella tree (Schefflera arboricola)
- Strategically place plants around a rough room to soften the edges.
- Use wall-mounted or hanging planters to create interest at various heights.
- Choose foliage or blooms that work with your overall design style and color scheme.
- Mix your plant displays up by using statement plants in one area and a cluster of plants in another.
- Play with different leaf textures, just as you would with fabrics.