If going outside doesn’t satisfy your nature craving, decorating with houseplants brings the outdoors into your home. Houseplants also give you the opportunity to garden if you have limited space in your yard.
The benefits of indoor plants aren’t limited to keeping your hands busy. They can be great for your mind, too. Studies have found that when people are surrounded by plants, they become more creative and productive. Plus, the oxygen plants provide can reduce anxiety.
Use these tips to build yourself an indoor garden by decorating with houseplants.
Coordinate Your Plants
You rarely find two different plants that are the exact same color, size, or shape. Therefore, when deciding on which houseplants to buy, you should try to coordinate rather than match them. You can still try to group plants by their coloring, but try to choose shades that complement each other.
Usually, a plant’s leaves stand out among all other parts of the plant. When you’re decorating with houseplants, consider the shapes and positioning of their leaves. Try grouping different kinds of plants to see what visual effect they have on the room. A lopsided plant may look strange by itself but could work well when placed next to something more balanced.
You can also group plants together by how many you have. If you want a symmetrical, formal look, group your plants in even numbers. On the other hand, grouping plants in odd numbers can give the room a more casual and relaxed feel.
Caring for Plants
When decorating with houseplants, remember that different plants have different needs. Some plants, like ferns, need a high level of humidity. Grouping these types of houseplants together will create a pocket of moisture and grow healthy plants.
Light also impacts your choice of plants. Some plants like full sunlight, while others prefer shade. When you choose plants, make sure you can give them the amount of natural light that helps them grow best.
If you have a lot of tall plants, make sure they aren’t obstructing other plants that might need light. Likewise, try not to group all your plants in one area if it doesn’t meet all their requirements for ideal growth.
Choosing the Right Pots
Your pots can be just as striking as the plants you put in them. Look for decorative pots that can brighten the room. If someone gives you a plant you don’t want, a beautiful pot can take your attention away from the plant.
However, not all pots work for all plants. Some will allow for too much drainage, which makes the plants dry out. Others won’t drain enough, leaving your plant sitting in excess water and putting it at risk for root rot.
If a pot is draining too much water, try placing a small stone over the hole before potting your plant. This won’t completely stop the water from getting out but should slow the drainage enough to keep your plant healthy.
If you want to brighten your home, decorating with houseplants can bring life and beauty to any room. Remember to choose plants you like and coordinate them with your space and each other. By caring for your plants properly, you’ll transform your home into an indoor oasis.