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Bringing the Outdoors In: A Simple Guide to Decorating With Houseplants

Bringing the Outdoors In: A Simple Guide to Decorating With Houseplants

Did you know that plants have the proven power to improve our mental state? They bring the outdoors inside; when we're surrounded by nature, we feel more inner peace.

Plus, plants make awesome interior design elements!

There are so many different ways to use plants in your space. Splurge on an elaborate macramé planter, or save money by growing your own herbs. No matter how you display them, plants make a gorgeous addition to your home.

If you're ready to dive into the world of houseplants, keep reading. Here're the best tips for decorating with houseplants.

Macramé Hangers

One of the many trends we got from the past is gorgeous macramé planters. These hanging pieces of art make your space feel bohemian. They add an element of texture to your room design.

These hangers come in all different sizes, designs, and colors. The most common use rope and natural fibers. If you're feeling creative, you can even learn how to make your own macramé hangers.

Some of the best places to hang these planters are in front of windows. Or, from the corner of the ceiling. They draw the eye up which makes the room look taller.

Best Plants for Macramé Hangers?

While many plants look great in hanging planters, the best are ones with hanging vines. Since the plant is hanging in the air, you have lots of space for vines to hang below it.

Consider using ivy, inch plant, or pothos in your macramé hanger. When watering these plants, make sure you have a dish ready to catch the strained water from below.

Shelf Space & Vertical Gardens

If you don't want to hang plants from a ceiling hook, you can still take advantage of vertical space. Use the top of a bookshelf or storage unit for your houseplants.

By placing them on a higher shelf, you can still use the long vines in your décor. Consider allowing a few vines to fall off the shelf and drape down. Or, wind the vines around your other objects on the shelf.

Another new trend in houseplant décor is the vertical garden. You can buy lots of small flat-faced planters that get screwed into the wall on their flat side. Plant a small succulent or long-vined plant in each one.

Consider making one wall in your home a feature wall with a vertical garden. Space each planter at equal distances from each other, from floor to ceiling. It'll create a perfect backdrop for your life in that room.

Best Plants for Vertical Gardens?

Succulents of all types make great plants for vertical gardens. They don't need much maintenance, just sun, and the occasional shower. Baby toes, air plants, and Chinese money plants are also great options.

Large Statement Plants

Instead of buying another piece of furniture, consider a statement plant. These are large plants or small trees in a big decorative pot.

Not only do these add a sense of nature to the room, but they also add dimension. The taller they get, the taller your room looks.

Plus, you have endless options for the pot you choose. Some opt for the classic terracotta and natural material pots. Others prefer a Southwest-inspired basket.

Whichever you choose, make sure you place your statement plant near a window. And, water as often as the plant needs.

Best Plants for Large Statement Pots?

The fiddle-head fig is one of the easiest and most popular indoor trees. Dragon trees and bird of paradise also look stunning in decorative statement pots.

Succulent Terrariums

Want to decorate your home and have fun doing it? Why not host a terrarium-making night? These planters are easy to make and super on-trend right now.

All you need is a glass bowl, jar, or actual terrarium. Each person fills it with the sand, stones, and soil of their choice. Then, they plant an assortment of mini succulents in each.

The final piece looks like a mini planet. You can place these terrariums on a coffee table, bookshelf, or on your vanity. To put your own spin on it, use an old China bowl or teacup to plant your succulents in.

Succulents are perfect for people who are bad at keeping plants alive. They don't need much maintenance; decent sun exposure and water every now and then. Some don't need water for weeks or even months.  

Best Plants for Succulent Terrariums?

There are so many different types of succulents and each is unique. The most popular are the jade plant, haworthia, and aloe plants. Cactuses are also gorgeous plants that look great in terrariums.

Kitchen Herbs on Display

If you haven't tasted a dish with fresh-grown herbs versus store bought, you don't know what you're missing. Herbs taste best when they're fresh, vibrant, and grown with love.

Consider starting your own herb garden on your window-sill. Choose the herbs you most love to eat, then buy uniform pots or jars. Fill with a little soil and plant each one.

You may want to create some labels for each pot. Use a popsicle stick and a sign to stick in each jar. Or, label each jar with a marker.

As they grow, you'll have a gorgeous display of nature sitting in your kitchen. And, you'll get pride from eating food that you grew yourself.

Best Herbs to Grow Yourself?

The most popular herbs to grow indoors are basil, oregano, and chives. People also grow cilantro, parsley, and lemon balm. Consider growing lavender in your herb garden for the beautiful aroma it gives off.

Want More Tips for Decorating with Houseplants?

You can take your space from boring to beautiful by decorating with houseplants. Plants have the power to improve your mood and even clean the air.

Plus, there are tons of different ways to style them. Hang them from the ceiling in a macramé hanger or plant your own terrarium. You can even use home-grown herbs to decorate a window sill.

No matter how you decorate with plants, you're sure to reap the benefits. Take the time to choose the right plant and learn how to take care of it. Before you know it, your room will become your own jungle oasis.