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Style and Placement are Important when Decorating with Houseplants

January 21, 2009

You’ve placed the espresso side tables, hung the brushed nickel accents, and now it’s time for that finishing touch.  Stylish greenery will bring in the power of peace and easiness that reflects modern nature.  For many people, adding indoor plants is commonly an afterthought when designing spaces in their homes.  Why you ask?  Possibly the images of “dusty yellow leaves that attract annoying bugs” dance in their heads.  There are many benefits of decorating your home with indoor plants.  Just give some thought to the style and placement of your plants just as you would a piece of furniture or artwork.


photo by Cliff1066

Consider the Indoor Plant

What it “says”

The shape and form of the leaves will let a plant’s attitude shine through.  Do you want the foliage to reflect you? Do you want it to reflect the room?

  • Sharp think of corners, fullness or 3D.  Succulents can bring fine or bold lines that accentuate the design of your home.
  • Wild pump up the volume, fill in a space or branch out.  You can show your wild side with many plants.  Give life to a neglected corner by adding a burst of color.
  • High Class add length and stretch to the heavens.  Move up to dominate the height design of a room.  Palms are excellent dividers or fillers without completely filling the room.

Consider the Placement

What it “shows”

Where is the ‘attitude’ going to go?   A corner, a table top, or a shelf will have divisional placement.  Where you place a plant in a room can accentuate or play down its effect.  If  the indoor plant is a prize possession, then prominence is the name of the game.  Placing your plant on a table top, or about counter top high, will surely steal someone’s attention.  If the plant is meant to fill a space, then accent placement will be the main focus.  Indoor plants can either fill corners or they can act as room dividers to better define a room’s purpose.

Sum it up

If you want nature contained in your living space, then consider the type, feel and placement of any indoor plant.  I like my plants to play second fiddle to the other decor.  I have corners full of sparse, tall plants and others placed high to top the eyes off with soft, dark greens.

What is your plant “attitude?”  Are you showy or reserved?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2009 1:06 pm

    Thank you for a great post! I have added it to my collection of articles on houseplants and decorating with houseplants:

  2. October 5, 2009 1:35 am

    hi there – thought you may be interested in wally pockets – allows planting on walls indoors and out – looks great –

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