After months of building, the work on our house is finally complete. However, even though the building work is finished, our house project isn’t over yet. Next up: the finishing touches.
I’m now curating all of the decorative elements that will fit into our new home design. This includes incorporating a lot of houseplants and greenery into our space.
Plenty of articles and studies will tell you the benefits of having plants in your space. From purifying the air and adding oxygen to boosting productivity and improving your health, there are many reasons why we should all have some plants in our homes.
Plus, they look great, too.
Not sure where to start decorating your space with indoor plants? There are 3 distinct areas in every home that work best with greenery. Follow our guide to see how you can easily incorporate houseplants into every room in your house:
1. Corners or Floor Areas: Use large, leafy plants or trees in wide pots
Wondering what to do with an empty stretch of floor? A large, leafy plant or tree can help give more visual interest. These types of plants also sit perfectly in corner spaces, next to a window or beside a piece of furniture, such as a chair.
Palms, Yuccas, Ficas and Fiddle Leaf Figs are some of our favourite choices for these spaces. Just remember to use a wide plant pot to balance out the size and shape of these larger plants.
2. Tables and Sideboards: Decorate with medium-sized plants in architectural shapes (Don’t forget the statement plant pot)
Chances are, this is the space that you will see most often, and therefore, it’s the best space to make a statement with your plants. Pointy Snake Plants and Aloe, decorative succulents, shiny ‘ZZ’ Plants and leafy Chinese Evergreens will all add a dramatic flair to your table décor. Keep in mind that taller plants will build less dust compared with wider, leafy plants, if this is something you want to avoid.
To match the bold nature of these plants, use a more decorative or interesting plant pot to really show it off.
3. High shelves: Create visual symmetry with soft, draping plants
Long, draping plants serve as a great vertical contrast to the horizontal lines of a shelf, helping to establish visual symmetry to a space. They also help bring your eye upwards, in turn making your room look taller. Nestled among books and objects, trailing plants can really help bring the feeling of the outside in.
Try using soft and delicate plants for these spaces, such as English ivy, String of Pearls, Boston Ferns and (small) Philodendrons. Chances are your shelf will not be in direct sunlight, so make sure to use hardy plants that survive well in the shade.
Some final tips for finding the best plants for your space:
- Pinterest is a great source for visual inspiration. Follow Forster Inc for all the interior design ideas you’ll need.
- Sites like Patch can make the process of choosing plants that much easier. Patch helps you select the best plants by size and by area. It’s a useful tool if you’re unsure of what to choose.
Coming soon: our best tips for incorporating plants into your office space.