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4 Ways to Decorate With Houseplants


Article by Heather Markway

Photography by Heather Markway

Having houseplants in your home provides numerous benefits, including being a must decor element to add to your home. Plants bring the elements of color, texture, and form to interior spaces. Let's talk about four ways you can decorate using houseplants to add life and freshness to your home.

Floor Plants

Use larger scale plants to ground spaces in your home. Tall plants add a natural vertical element and can soften corners of walls or hard lines, create screens between rooms and even provide noise reduction. Select plants that are in scale to the size of your space for maximum effectiveness. Place floor plants next to the sofa, in the corner of your dining room, or in your foyer or entry way.

Some good options for floor plants include:

  • Fiddle Leaf Fig
  • Ficus Tree
  • Cut-leaf Philodendron
  • Parlor Palm
  • Dracaena
  • Monstera

Place floor plants in containers such as baskets, urns or large scale pottery to coordinate with the decor style of your home.

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Surface Top Plants

Use small scale plants on surfaces in your home to accent existing decor pieces. Add houseplants to your coffee table, end table, desk top or kitchen counter paired with books and candles. Table top terrariums are also a trendy way to incorporate plants into your interior space.

Choose plants in containers no larger than 8 inches so there is still ample space for the surfaces of your home to be used for function.

Recommendations for surface top plants include:

  • African Violet
  • Shamrock
  • Orchid
  • Pilea
  • Succulents
  • Prayer Plant
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Shelf Plants

Use small scale plants on shelf structures in your home. Decorate with houseplants on your bookshelf, wall shelf or home built-ins. Allow trailing plants to gently hang off the edge or add an upright structured plant as a small vertical element. Plants styled on shelves look great with stacks of books, candlesticks, baskets and artwork.

Choose plants in containers no larger than 6 inches so they do not overwhelm the shelf space.

Recommendations for shelf plants include:

  • Air Plant
  • Pothos
  • String of Pearls
  • Snake Plant
  • Alocasia

Hanging Plants

In lieu of wall hangings, consider hanging plants! Macrame has made a comeback and there are various hanging pots available on the market. Hanging plants ad a vertical element to your home decor and also saves space on surfaces where plants might otherwise live.

Use smaller scale plants that won't weigh a lot and make sure you have a sturdy hook mounted to the ceiling or wall to support them. Plants that cascade and trail look especially attractive from a hanging planter.

Recommendations for hanging plants include:

  • Spider Plant
  • Pothos
  • String of Pearls
  • Wandering Jew
  • English Ivy
  • Fern
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As you are selecting plants to decorate your home, be sure to check for light and growing requirements to ensure your space's environment matches the needs of the houseplant. Also, keep in mind varying color, leaf shapes and size of plants for maximum interest in your home decor.

Are you new to owning houseplants? Check out to find the best houseplants for beginners, tips and tricks about selecting the right houseplants for your space, as well as guidance to houseplant maintenance.