Decorating with houseplants is a fun, cost effective and easy way to add beauty and interest to any room. Plants come in a wide range of sizes and colours and the variety of shapes and patterns found in their foliage is endless. Some even provide the added beauty of flowers. When deciding on the right houseplant to display in a particular area, some simple design tips will ensure maximum beauty and enjoyment.
The first consideration should be the container the plant is in. Most plants are sold in plastic or clay pots. Plastic comes in a wide array of colours and is infinitely more durable, but clay pots have their advantages too. They provide better stability and reduce the chances of overwatering thanks to their porous nature. On the flip side, this means plants in clay pots generally have to be watered more often than those in plastic ones.
For more decorative options, consider a pot holder. These containers come in porcelain, plastic, clay and even cement or stone and are available in many colours and designs. They are meant to hold a potted plant only-never plant a houseplant directly into one as they don’t have drainage holes. An added bonus with pot holders (also known as cachepots) is that they protect furniture from water damage. Just remember to drain the holder after watering. To display a group of plants, larger containers are available that hold two or more pots. This is a much better option than planting a dish garden, which usually do not thrive for long, especially if plants are picked for their decorative qualities rather than for having similar lighting and watering requirements.
When decide what plants to display where, keep a few things in mind. For dark coloured backgrounds, choose plants with variegated leaves, which will pop and really give the area interest. Try Golden Pothos, Variegated Ivy, or Dieffenbachia. Plants with deep, all green foliage will look their best against plain, light backgrounds. If the background is patterned, choose plants with large leaves. Small leaves will get lost in the patterns and make the area look cluttered and overwhelmed. Tall, narrow plants like Snake Plant will look spindly and sad against a striped background; choose a full, bushy plant instead.
When it comes to displaying plants the sky’s the limit. Tuck small plants into bookcase shelves and windowsills. Larger floor specimens will brighten up corners. A large window or wall area can be softened by hanging plants from the ceiling. Group plants together to add even more interest. Mix and match heights, and different kinds of foliage for best results. Grouping plants together also creates a tiny microclimate, which benefits the plants by adding moisture to the air.
To ensure healthy, long lasting displays, make sure plants are displayed in areas that meet their lighting needs and that are easy to access for watering. Use trays or containers to protect furniture from water damage.
With a little preparation and lot of creativity, any home can be made more beautiful with houseplants!