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Chris Ibsen

Store Manager – Littleton

Over 30 years with O’Toole’s! A true gardening  expert! Email Chris Favorite plant: Evergreen

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Indoor Plant Decor

Ways to use Indoor Plants in your Home Decor

Thursday February 24, 2022

Repost from our friends at HomeWithHolliday.com

A Collage of Ways to use Indoor Plants in your Home Decor by Home with Holliday

 

Our home came with a nice, large and bright sunroom (it was built in the early 1970’s so that is pretty typical). I have not remodeled it yet but presently use it as a mudroom, storage area, and work area. I only painted it when we moved in and the windows were replaced in there when we replaced all of our windows. I have big plans for this space!

Our sunroom is a great place for me to utilize indoor plants. Here are few shots of how I used them. I typically purchase all of our house plants (and pots!) from my local O’Tooles Garden Center due to the large selection of varieties they carry. Check out this link to learn more about house plants from their website.

 

Ways to use Indoor Plants in your Home Decor

Besides succulents and cactus, Pothos (above) are one of the easiest plants to grow and propagate. Very LOW MAINTINANCE!

Ways to use Indoor Plants in your Home Decor

For the desk in this room, I simply added a super-cool cactus. I actually bought a few that you will see in other locations. You literally would have to work really hard to kill one. 😉 Notice how I mixed this with a few of my faux plants…a great thing to do if you don’t have much of a green thumb!

Ways to use Indoor Plants in your Home Decor on a desk

 

I had to take this shot so you could see my sweet family (from a while back). 🙂

 

Ways to use Indoor Plants in your Home Decor on a desk

 

On a few of our tables…

 

A vignette on a black tray with succulents
A vignette on a tray with succulents
A vignette on a table with a Cactus
A vignette on a table with a cactus

More Ways to use Indoor Plants in your Home Decor

  1. Group faux and live plants together.
  2. Play around with heights and sizes.
  3. Decorate your open shelving with a variety of species.
  4. Create a wall of plants as a form of art.
  5. Create a modern look with a large arrangement of fresh branches.
  6. Fill a large plant stand with a variety of indoor plants.
  7. Freshen up your tabletop surfaces.
  8. Use indoor plants to give your bathroom a spa-like feel.
  9. Use them to hide plugs.
  10. Use plants to flank furniture for added softness.
  11. Create a centerpiece for a dining table.

Now, let’s break this down…

  1. Group faux and live plants. After all…”How will they know?!” I did this in this corner of our sunroom. I have tried and failed miserably to grow my own fiddle fig tree so I threw in the towel and bought a faux one. The texture of the live fern with it is a perfect balance.
Ways to use Indoor Plants in your Home Decor

2. Play around with heights and sizes. This should definitely be considered in corners of your home (like I did above).

Ways to use Indoor Plants in your Home Decor
A grouping of indoor plants in stands
Ways to use Indoor Plants in your Home Decor
Ways to use Indoor Plants in your Home Decor

3. Decorate your open shelving with a variety of species. The layering effect is what makes this look so cohesive.

Open shelving decorated with live indoor plants
Ways to use Indoor Plants in your Home Decor

4. Create a wall of plants as a form of art. You could use similar plants as shown here OR a variety of plants.

Ways to use Indoor Plants in your Home Decor on a Wall
Live plants hanging on a wall

Vintage Revival

5. Create a modern look with a large arrangement of fresh branches. This is a great example…

Dramatic Greenery on a coffee table
Courtesy of Julia Robbs

6. Fill a large plant stand with a variety of indoor plants. You could even pop in a few faux plants among them for filler. This plant stand is only $75! A big bang for the buck!

A Large Plant Stand filled with indoor plants

Large Multi-tiered Plant Stand

7. Freshen up your tabletop surfaces. This could include your desks, buffets, coffee tables, console tables, etc.

Trio of plants on a desk

Grace in my Space

8. Use indoor plants to give your bathroom a spa-like feel. I think that adding live plants to a bathroom softens the look of all the hard surfaces in a bathroom.

Indoor Plants around a bathtub

Life is a Party

Indoor House Plants next to a bathtub

Life is a Party

9. Use them to hide plugs. I had this issue here in our living room.

A console in a living room BEFORE
BEFORE
Ways to use Indoor Plants in your Home Decor
AFTER

Are you noticing some of the changes we have made in our home? I have a post coming soon on that later to share our new updates.

10. Use plants to flank furniture for added softness. This is another area in our living room where I feature this concept.

Ways to use Indoor Plants in your Home Decor

11. Create a centerpiece for a dining table. I did this for a romantic dinner for two for my husband’s birthday. It was a big hit and a great option other than fresh flowers…a bit more masculine for sure!

A table setting with live house plants as a centerpiece
A table setting with house plants as a centerpiece

And, for Father’s Day last year, I made two centerpieces with fresh herbs to top off this Sophisticated Father’s Day Table with Herb Centerpieces. It is so fun to think out of the box! Once the dinner party was over, I featured them in my sunroom and forged from them all summer!

Herb Centerpieces on a
Fresh Herb Centerpiece on a table setting
Herb Centerpieces on a tablescape

Caring for Indoor House Plants

Clearly, I can (and probably will at some point) do a whole separate post on this topic. Like us, water and food are obviously key! I have been really happy with using the Espoma Organic Indoor Plant Food and I purchase it from my local O’Tooles Garden Center. Here are the deets on this effective product…

 

Espoma Organic Indoor Plant Food
  • ORGANIC PLANT FOOD: This liquid fertilizer for indoor plants contains beneficial microbes, plant vitamins, & organic nutrients to ensure superior results and is safe to use around kids and pets.
  • EASY: Simply add ½ cap of indoor plant food liquid per quart of water and water your plants. Thoroughly drench the soil of the plant. For best results use every 2-4 weeks.
  • CONTAINS: Essential plant nutrients and beneficial biotics to help houseplants thrive. Liquid plant food is a vital part of indoor plant care, even for little plants. See the label for all ingredients.
  • FAST RESULTS: Espoma organic fertilizer for indoor plants will help you grow vibrant, larger house plants while encouraging new growth & the development of a strong root system in a potted plant.
  • USE: Organic plant fertilizer specifically formulated for large and small house plants like a Fiddle leaf fig tree, a Monstera Plant, a Snake Plant, a Pothos Plant, or a Palm plant.

Espoma also has developed fine products in this line to feed tomatoes, orchids, and cactus!

Espoma Products for Indoor Plants
YOU CAN VISIT THIS COLORADO’S CHOICE NURSERY AMAZON STORE FRONT TO SEE AND PURCHASE MORE OF THEIR ORGANIC PLANT PRODUCTS.

Top Indoor Plants:

NASA did a large study and developed a list of indoor plants that cleaned the air most efficiently. This is a list of the top 18:

  • Aloe Vera
  • English Ivy (great crawler)
  • Spider Plant
  • Golden or Green Pothos (another nice crawler)
  • Peace Lily (so easy to care for!)
  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Bamboo or Reed Palm
  • Snake Plant (my favorite!!)
  • Heartleaf Philodendron
  • Lacy Tree Philodendron
  • Elephant Ear
  • Red-edged Dracaena
  • Corn plant
  • Janet Craig & Warneckii Dracaena
  • Weeping Fig
  • Gerbera Daisy (another favorite!)
  • Crysanthemum

I hope you enjoyed seeing the many ways to use indoor plants in your Home Decor. HGTV has named indoor gardening as a “Top Gardening Trend”. You can fill your home with indoor plants to create a harmonious mix of natural beauty and stylish interior design. Let’s get planting!