House plants have always been around, but they’ve skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years.
Not only do house plants look great, they add a calming element to any space, caring for them is a rewarding hobby, and they can help purify the air. And of course, it doesn’t hurt that they look so great on Instagram.
If you’re ready to add some life (literally) to your home, read on for 5 tips for decorating with indoor plants.
1) Keep it Light
As fun and creative as decorating with plants can be, there are a few practical things to consider. One of the most important is lighting. All plants will need some source of natural light to thrive, but different plants need different amounts. Some will need bright, direct sunlight, while others prefer a bit of shade. Be sure to research any plants you consider putting in your home and place them in a location where they will get the optimum amount of sunlight.
2) Play in the Dirt
While it may be convenient to set your new plant into that cute planter still in the plastic pot it came in, this isn’t the best idea. Your plant is likely to grow out of the small container that you bought it in fairly quickly, so invest some time in an afternoon of repotting. Be sure to use high quality potting soil and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!
3) Get Creative with Pots
While most houseplants are green, it’s easy to incorporate other colors in the pots you plant them in. You can find pots in every color, shape, and pattern imaginable, so get creative. If you can’t find just what you’re looking for, purchase a plain terra cotta pot at your local garden store and paint it yourself to perfectly accent your home.
4) Mix it Up
One of the most fun things about plants is that there is so much variety! Don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors, shapes, sizes and textures. If you group plants together, remember that contrast is a key to good design. Succulents have become very popular, and they come in a plethora of shapes and sizes, making them an excellent choice to add variety to your home.
5) Spread Out
House plants aren’t only for the living room. Place some in your bedroom, kitchen, or office. The bathroom is another excellent location for house plants. This tends to be one of the most humid rooms in the house, meaning that certain types of plants will thrive there that may not in other parts of your home. Just be sure that no matter what room your plants are in, there is a window nearby!
Plants are a fun and interactive way to brighten up your home. From succulents to cacti to orchids, each plant has unique needs, so be sure to learn which plants fit your climate and lifestyle.