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  • Writer's pictureCoralee Beaulieu

9 Stylish Ways to Decorate with Plants

Updated: Aug 1, 2018

Okay, so we all know that even the most robust plant is not indestructible but don't fret growing indoor plants is fun and easy. There are many benefits to growing plants, but I like them because they provide a lively atmosphere, the greenery adds colour and beauty, and they bring a room to life. I would consider adding houseplants as an essential part of your interior styling. Besides who isn't looking for an excuse to repurpose an old candle holder, paint a pot or DIY a planter? So here are nine beautiful ideas for how to bring more plants into your home.

The Plant Partition: A smart vertical grouping of plants carefully suspended on a wire screen or nestled randomly on an open shelf. The partition can be placed in the middle of the room or off to the side, then it divides the space and delineates different parts of the room.

Statement Plant: One sizeable well-defined tree adds height and drama to any space. But make this towering tree mobile, you'll want to be able to move it to do housekeeping or to protect it from the sun.

An Opportunity: Clusters of plants work exceptionally well in room corners where nothing else fits and in otherwise awkward and wasted spaces. Use a cart or bench and style it by adding a different mix of plants of varying sizes and heights. So simple!

Living Sculptures: Cascading plants, like "String of Pearls," that spill out of their containers looks chic. And if you're looking for a plant with the survivor mentality then the "Snake Plant" might be right for you. They keep the air fresh and purified, plus they look so beautiful with their sculptural leaves and exciting colours.

Wall-mount those Plants: Don’t have a lot of room for indoor plants. No problem, be creative and grow your plants vertically.

Centrepiece Plant: Halfway thru the article and you may have figured out that the key to a fresh and colourful interior space is with the use of indoor plants. Cut flowers are lovely but let's face they die off quickly. (Don't get me wrong, there are usually fresh cut flowers scattered around the flat on a weekly, or at least, bi-weekly cycle.) In contrast, potted plants can live a long time. Use them as living, breathing decorations on your coffee or dining room tables.

The Art of a Hanging Plant: Plants are really like modern organic mobiles that fill dead air space with fantastic shapes and colours. And hey, they don’t have a footprint, which is excellent for small spaces. Side note, I would be pleased to see the trend of macramé go back to the 1970's where it should stay - quietly - along with shag carpet and bell-bottomed jeans.

Layer & Style: Using both inanimate objects and plants as styling props is an excellent way to bring colour and style to any surface or space. They're like small little intricate sculptures. My favourite combination is mini cacti, succulents and paddle plants, but you can plant whatever suits your fancy. Use a good mix of round, prickly, shiny, and matte plants, unifying them with one or two types of neutral pots.

Got a Steamy Spot?: Think Orchid! Philodendron! Snake Plant! These and many other plants are fans of filtered light and humidity so they will do well in a steamy bathroom.

I won't get into the nitty-gritty details of growing, maintaining or caring for your houseplants because then we might have to pretend we know it all; instead, I leave that to the experts. And as there are about 151.000.000 results (in 0,50 seconds), I can suggest "Gardenista." I pour over the online magazine quite frequently to get my inspiration for plant groupings and such.

So there you have it. Now go and style a room, a table or a shelf. And if you feel like boasting send me a picture of the finished project. And please stay connected for more designer tips + tricks, resources and insider info.

Cheers Cora



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