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How to Arrange Indoor Plants: Decorating with Plants

by | May 2, 2019

  • Where to put Plants in your House
  • Hanging Plants Indoors
  • Best Plants for the Living Room
  • Decorative Stones: Make Plants look prettier
  • Decoration tips for Balcony Plants
  • Bathroom Plants to absorb Moisture
  • Plants for the Bedroom
  • Best Plants for Air Quality
  • Indoor Plants that like Shade
  • Beautiful Pots for indoor Plants
  • Replanting – How to look after your Plants
  • Artificial Flowers – How to decorate with Fake Flowers

Decorating with plants is like adding colour, atmosphere and freshness to your home.

It’s also a way to add dimension. Place them high to draw the eye upwards and maximise high ceilings.

And place them in corners to use the full expanse of the place room.

No living room is complete without a plant.

If you have only one plant in your house or apartment, let it be in the living room.

A plant is a living creature and you’ll be able to appreciate how it changes over time.

There’s an almost infinite choice of plants of all colours, but here we focus mainly on green indoor plants.

Even green plants come in many different shades of green and shapes and sizes.

Plant Decoration Ideas for the Living Room

Green plants are easier to colour coordinate – or shade coordiante.

Any constellation of the different green colours is complementary to the interior – particularly the pale Scandi palette.

They add freshness and ambiance to a room rather than fireworks like colourful flowers.

You can buy indoor plants online – check HERE for a range we’ve spotted on Amazon.

Where to put Plants in your House

Where you put plants in your house or apartment will affect the way you see and feel.

Variation matters: in a large pot on the floor, a vase on the table or mantelpiece, on the shelf or in the window…

Top tip: find the furthest corner, the highest shelf, a window sill – spread the plants around the room.

By spreading the plants, away from the centre of the room, you draw the eye in different directions.

It gives a sense of the room being bigger.

Hanging Plants indoors – Flaunt It if you’ve got It

For the serious plant lover and aesthetic it’s the jungle effect – hanging plants are more popular than ever.

Sophisticated and on trend they’re what modern first time buyer are asking for.

But finding the right spot in the ceiling from where to hang them can be awkward.

Look for light and.

And should the plant fall from the ceiling, ensure it won’t lant on your head at least. Dont’ hang it above your favourite comfy chair – or anyone else’s.

London’s Evening Standard newspaper is full of good ideas on hanging plants.

Read the paper’s feature “Hang Cool” with top tips for hanging planters here.

For more excotic plant arrangements it again the Millennials who lead the way…

Steps on old ladders leaning against a wall, in a wicker basket on the floor and on top of cupboards are favoured placements.

So on trend are plants at the moment that they’re being designed into fashion accessories.

It was Spanish superbrand Loewe which kicked off the handbag basket demand in 2018 with its raffia bags.

The trend continues with the planter handbag: new trend in fashion accessories with the planter-handbag.

There’s much talk of “growing appeal” – the worlds of home decor, fashion and lifestyle are blending ever more.

Best Indoor Plants for the Living Room

Here are some of the plants that work well indoors:

  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Philodendron
  • Ficus Bonsai tree
  • Pothos
  • The super durable Iron plant
  • Weeping Fig
  • Cactus of course although it is not the prettiest of plants
  • Snake plant

You’ll soon find out which plants are best for your living room because they’ll respond to the level of light in the room.

When shopping for indoor plants people often make the common mistake … of browsing the outdoor plant section.

There’s a difference. We want the prettiest plant of them all, but outdoor plants will soon wilter indoors.

The sections for indoor plants is more limited for obvious reasons, but you can get many stunning plants for indoors too.

There will often be an instruction card inserted into the soil explaining how much light and watering the plant needs.

It’s a good guidance, but only when you’ve had the plant for a couple of week will you know if it the light you have is sufficient.

How to make Indoor Plants look prettier with decorative Stones for House Plants

To cover the soil in pots use decorative stones.

This can also be an effective method to deter irritating flies from nestling in the pot and feeding off the roots and destroying the plant.

Decorative stones are part of the relatively new Nordic interior look – the Scandi Boho look . 

They add colour and a touch of glamour to the plant pot.

There are dozens of different colours, sizes and shapes to suit every taste.

The only challenge is to find somewhere that sells a proper variety…

Danish megastore Plantorama has the most phenomenal collection, but ask in garden centres and DIY stores.

Leave enough space in the pot for stones and gravel when re-planting…as well as water, at least a centimetre from the edge.

Plant Decoration Tips for the Balcony

If you live in the city but have outdoor space, even the tiniest balcony or terrace, a well-placed plant will make it look more spacious– and cosier.

Indeed, turn it into your own mini-garden.

Make the most of it, it’ll be a source of joy.

Heather is one of our favourites because of its tough, natural look and strong white and lilac colours.

If there’s a spot on the balcony floor, make it look homelier by placing a small, long-leaved plant – for instance the Snake plant.

If the space is too small, consider getting a fastener which will hold the plant in place on the railing.

The same goes for plants on a ledge, fastened it with a special holder.

But think safety first, it may require a professional to fix it.

Bathroom Plants that absorb Moisture

Plants liven up the bathroom too.

Make use of shelves, ledges, window sills or above the medicine cupboard for greenery.

We spend quite a bit of time in the bathroom, make it an enjoyable experience.

And plants seem to love it too.

They soak up the moist from the shower and bath through their leaves which helps keep them green and fresh looking.

The Peace Lily, English Ivy and Boston Fern are idea absorbers of moist in this way.

The cactus plant is a good de-humidifier – but not on its own, then look for additional sources.

Cacti, such as aloes and some palms have hairy leaves or thick stems which catch water from the air.

Read also our blog on how to refurb the bathroom, Scandi style, here.

The tiny pores in leaves soak up the moist and into the xylem, which is the plant’s transport tissue.

Here water and nutrients are carried from the root up through its stem to the leaves.

Decorating the Bedroom with Plants

If you’re looking for a good night’s sleep – plants are the answer.

It is healthier to sleep next to plants than next to another human being – in terms of respiration. Official, apparently!

Plants help cleaning up and purifying the air.

They filter indoor air pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene which we are surrounded by because of refrigerators, wall paint and nail varnish.

Best Plants for Bedroom Air Quality

And although plants emit carbon dioxide (not to be confused with the dangerous carbon monoxide) during the night, it is less than what another person would.

And they then convert carbon dioxide to oxygen during the day…

Except for the snake plant, also known as the Sansevieria.

The Snake plant converts carbon dioxide to oxygen during the night – that’s why it’s a firm favourite in the bedroom.

It’s arguably the easiest houseplant to look after as it can survive for days without water and direct or indirect light.

But the snake plant isn’t just a bedroom plant.

Look around and you’ll see they are everywhere – particularly in smart office buildings and lobbies, perhaps to help generate fresh air…

Where to place indoor Plants that like Shade

Light, or lack of light, is the issue to work around when decorating an aparment with plants.

It is tempting to buy an outdoor plant for the home because it is pretty or matches the decor, but you’ll soon find that it doesn’t work.

No matter how much we are willing it, an outdoor plant won’t last much longer than a couple of weeks indoors.

Ensure you’re shopping in the right department and find a plant that does not need lots of natural sunlight.

The English Ivy is one of our favourites. It prefers bright indirect light, but can survive in low light.

However, can be irritable on the skin.

The Maidenhair fern is beautiful and likes indirect sunlight.

But it is a high maintenance plant…get the light and the watering wrong and it dies.

The popular Parlour Palm grows well in medium to low light.

The Peace Lily blooms better the more light it gets and the ZZ plants thrives in darker spots – almost impossible to kill.

Pots for indoor Plants

This is another of our favourite subjects: At Du Your Home we love ceramics, with or without plants.

We particularly like hand turned pots.

While plants can look similar and add green, ambiance and a sense of space and dimension to a room – pots can really make the look completely unique.

But again it isn’t just the look of a pot that matters.

Other considerations have to be made when picking a pot. The most important question is drainage – and yet!

Does the pot have a hole at the bottom where water can seep through and help prevent the roots from drowning?

If the answer is yes, do you have a plate or feet to put under to stop the moist from damaging the surface below?

Is the pot glazed? Is the size right for the plant now and for it to grow? Is it unique looking?

Does it complement the plant or does it overshadow it? Does it complement the rest of the decor?

There are many questions to be answered, but pick the most relevant pots.

To us its the look and quality of the pot itself and how it looks with the plant.

Even if there is a hole at the bottom – and most unique, hand-turned pots are unlikely to have matching plates or saucers – we’ll adapt.

Cover the hole with silicone or line the pot with plastic.

It does mean you’ll have to keep a closer eye on over-watering because the water will have no way to escape.

When and if the soil gets too soggy, the roots will simply rot.

But any beautiful, high maintenance pot is better than a dull, standard low-maintenance pot.

Garden centres are great sources for pots – the right ones but not necessarily the nice ones.

Major home furnishing store including Habitat and arts and crafts centres will also have their own range.

It is at “studio potters” you’ll find one off pots of a super quality.

Studio potters are smaller, independet potters who are either keen and good amateurs or professional “artist” potters.

They thrive on making the most beautiful and unique pots.

Those are the ones which will make your plant stand out and add to the ambiance.

See also our blog on ceramics as home decor – ideas on how to add a touch of class to your home with handmade ceramic pots for plants.

Replanting – How to look after your Plants

Our plants will need replanting every so often.

Plants we leave to grow and fend for themselves for some time – particularly if we lead busy lives – can suddenly start showing roots at the top or stop growing.

Perhaps roots even start showing through the drainage holes.

That’s the time when your plant will need a bigger pot and some tidying up of roots.

That is quite a simple process as shown below:

It can also be that you’ll need a new pot because of over-watering.

Too much water – specially if the plant is in a pot without a drainage hole – can drown the roots.

You notice this happening if the leaves start drooping while staying green and fresh looking.

The surface may be dry but once you remove the plant from the pot you’ll see lots of moist soil.

Possibly even water that the plant hasn’t been able to absorb.

Follow instructions that come with each plant but if you have lots of plants it can be difficult to remember which one needs planting.

You’ll learn with time and soon get a feel for what each plant needs in terms of water and general maintenance.

Be warned: having lots of plants can feel like having children. They need looking after and some are more difficult than others.

Decorating with artificial indoor Plants and Flowers

Some might consider it cheating and actually it is…

But today’s production techniques are so incredibly good it is sometimes hard to tell the real plant from the fake.

Where you really want a plant, and there’s no chance a real one would survive because of lack of light or similar, a fake plant is perfectly appropriate.

Indeed, as some fake plants and flowers are fantastically beautiful and worthy of display in their own right.

Amongst them, fake peonies – they com ein many sizes and shapes and colours.

And in different levels of quality, too.

But a very well made fake peony is a small work of art and costs around $20 or £16-£20.

There are some excellent boutiques priding themselves on selling fake plants that look almost better than the real thing.

And as the peony season is very short, and the real flower only last two weeks maximum before it crumbles, there is a big argument for having fakes on show.

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