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How to Use Indoor Plants to Decorate

Indoor plants can add life, inject colours, and reduce stress levels. They can also fill awkward or empty spaces. From an interior design and decorating point of view, these foliage break up the straight lines of modern furniture, creating a more pleasing room aesthetic.

Bookshelves, tallboy dressers, and on top of kitchen cabinets

Trailing plants, such as Golden Pothos and English Ivies, are your best friends. Let them hang down, following the shape of the furniture underneath.

Coffee tables, side tables, and bedside tables

Orchids, air plants, and some succulents are great for small surfaces due to their scale. When decorating a coffee table, ensure the plant is not too high to block your view of the TV or interrupt a conversation. Avoid placing spiky cacti on bedside tables as they can hinder relaxation.

Console tables and sideboards

Since console tables and sideboards are usually positioned against walls with artworks or mirrors above, you can use medium-height plants to decorate, such as zz plants, anthuriums, or orchids. The aim is to bridge the artwork/mirror with the table/sideboard surface.

Dining tables

Choose plants that mimic the scale of the surface underneath, depending on the shape and size of your dining table. You can use medium-height plants like ferns for a spreadable look from all angles. For rectangular dining tables, candlesticks, vases, or more plants can be added to increase volume.

Window sills

For large window sills, opt for medium to large plants or a group of plants with different heights or the same plants.

Larger corners

To fill and add a wow factor to larger corners, you need large plants such as weeping figs, rubber plants, yucca, palms, fiddle leaf figs, or birds of paradise.

Small and Narrow corners

Zz plants or snake plants are best suited for awkward spaces like these. Since they can grow in water, place them in clear vases to have less visual weight and avoid crowding the corner.

Lastly, before getting any new plants, consider their growth over the years. Some plants grow fast, which may disrupt the balance you’ve already created.

Enjoy your plants.