Decorating Tips

How to Use Indoor Plants for Decoration

Indoor plants can breathe life into your space, infuse colors, and reduce stress levels. They also fill awkward or empty spaces, breaking up the straight lines of modern furniture for a more pleasing feel. From an interior design perspective, here’s how to strategically use indoor plants in different areas:

Bookshelves, Tallboy Dressers, and on Top of Kitchen Cabinets

Trailing plants, such as Golden Pothos and English Ivies, work wonders. Let them gracefully hang down, complementing the shape of the furniture underneath.

Coffee tables, Side tables, and Bedside Tables

Opt for smaller plants like orchids, air plants, or succulents due to their scale. When decorating a coffee table, ensure the plant doesn’t obstruct views or conversations. Avoid spiky cacti on bedside tables for a relaxing atmosphere.

Console Tables and Sideboards

Medium-height plants like zz plants, anthuriums, or orchids are ideal, especially when positioned against walls with artworks or mirrors above. The goal is to connect the artwork/mirror with the table/sideboard surface.

Dining Tables

Choose plants that match the scale of the table. Ferns can provide a spreadable look from all angles. For rectangular dining tables, consider adding candlesticks, vases, or more plants to enhance volume.

Window Sills

Opt for medium to large plants or a mix of plants with varying heights for larger window sills.

Larger Corners

To fill and add a wow factor to larger corners, go for large plants like weeping figs, rubber plants, yucca, palms, fiddle leaf figs, or birds of paradise.

Small and Narrow Corners

Zz plants or snake plants are perfect for awkward spaces. Place them in clear vases to reduce visual weight and prevent overcrowding.

Before adding new plants, consider their growth over the years to maintain the balance you’ve created. Enjoy your green companions.