The living room is the heart of your home and one of the first rooms viewed by your visitors. Having plants in the home interior not only helps bring a little nature into your living space but can also reduce indoor air pollutants, boost mood and creativity, reduce stress, and enhance the quality of life!
Are you ready for a more comfortable, breathable and luxurious refresh? Keep on reading to find out all the fantastic benefits of having plants in your space and how to create the plant-filled home decor of your dreams!
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What are the benefits of having plants in your living room?
Indoor plants are inexpensive and eye-catching décor items that liven up a room. But they play a much more important role than just being part of your interior design! Here are 8 benefits science says plants provide:
- They can help reduce stress levels
- They may help you recover from illness faster
- They boost your productivity
- They may increase your concentration and creativity
- They are therapeutic to care for
- They may improve your whole outlook on work
- They enhance the quality of indoor air
- They give privacy and reduce noise levels
Things to consider before starting
When decorating your home with greenery, there are some things to consider before selecting and arranging them. Not all indoor plants have similar living and growing requirements. Some of them need low maintenance, while others require continuous care. Also, some can live happily in poor light conditions, while others need a spot by the window and bright light to grow. Finally, some plants can look good in a small space, while others look nice in an open space. Do you find this a bit challenging? We are here to help and provide some quick tips on arranging your indoor plants.
Plant in odd numbers, in groups of at least three
When you have enough space, group plants in an odd number. Having an irregular cluster will look more natural than a straight line or block shape. To make sure this group will be noticed, use at least 3 plants.
Group together plants with different sizes
Plants of the same size will look more formal. Having different widths and heights gives a more organic and natural look to your indoor garden.
Arrange large plants in open living areas
Large plants like Ficus Alii and Strelitzia Reginae will take up too much space when placed in small rooms. Prefer placing them in open living areas and use small potted plants in smaller spaces.
Pay attention to the colour of the plants
You can either put together plants with leaves of the same colour if you want a cohesive look or plants with foliage of different colours when you opt for variety.
Choose complementing colours
If you choose colourful plants, you should arrange them wisely. For a natural look with harmony, make sure that their colours supplement the colour scheme of your interior design. If you want to make your home look bright and vivid, use contrasting colours.
Choose plants with different leaf shapes
You can achieve an arrangement with interest and harmony if you use groups of plants with various leaf shapes. For example, you can have a trailing houseplant, like Golden Pothos, a palm plant with upward leaves, like Parlor Palm or Fiddle-leaf fig tree, and a fountainlike plant, like Dracaena.
When you are lining indoor plants, your space can look smaller and without extra interest. You can create varying heights when arranging them in a close group with taller plants in the background and smaller ones in the front. Furniture, like tables, stands and windowsills, can help you to create this height variety.
Use a variety of decorative pots
The pots you are going to use is a matter of personal preference. You can either make the arrangement look like a set using pots with similar colours or have a diverse finish combining pots of different materials and colours.
Use accent plants
You can use accent plants to draw attention to a particular feature or space in the living room. Make a big plant, like Ficus, Yucca and Palm, the centre of attention. Your stand-alone accent plants should contrast with the surrounding plants or other elements to create emphasis.
Add plants with unusual shapes and forms
Succulent plants and Bonsais are fascinating in their diversity of form. Their eccentric and dramatic shapes will bring a wild aura to your house, especially if you place them strategically!
Choose indoor plants that are safe for pets and children
You can have your urban jungle, but it should also be a safe one for your kids and pets. It would be hard to find a complete list of toxic plants since some of them have both poisonous and safe parts. If you have kids and pets around the house, you can look for advice in the Animal Poison Control Center(ASPCA) or National Poison Control.
Don’t forget their care
One of the most important things to consider when grouping plants is their needs and condition preferences. For example, don’t place shade-loving and sun-loving plants in the same area of the house. Also, group plants that need humidity, such as ferns, closely with other plants with the same needs.
Decorate your living room like an expert
Are you looking for ideas while styling your space with greenery? Either you are opting for a modern, boho or minimalist style, we are here to help you decorate like a pro!
Fill empty corners with plants
Most of us have hard-to-style sections in our rooms. When we try to fill them with furniture, they look too cluttered but also too bare when we leave them empty. Plants are the perfect solution for these sectors! Arrange multiple and colourful plants at varying heights to give the space depth and colour!
Add plants to your shelves
Add little pops of living elements to your bookshelves, coffee table tops, cabinets and mantels. The greenery will bring new energy into your space, bring in tons of visual texture and make a massive difference in the overall indoor look. If you have a home office space inside your home, plants will help chase stress away and get you more concentrated on your work or study.
Use hanging plants
Hanging planters and modern macrame holders can be especially practical in small places. You can have a dramatic draping plant, like Ivy or Fern, and add interest and a fun look at the corners of the room. Hanging the planter is an easy DIY project you should not worry about. Here are some hanging plant recommendations:
Bright light plants:
- Philodendron Birkin
- Snake Plant
- Maidenhair Fern
- Air Plant
- Peace Lily
- Devil’s Ivy
- Chinese Evergreen
Surround seating and dining areas with plants
You can make the floor space around your seating and/or dining area more relaxing and inviting to your guests by adding plants around. Also, a plant can brighten up and breathe life into your space. Combine with trailing plants and some plant stands around the area and create a spot everyone will be drawn to!
Create a focal point
You can use a group of closely spaced plants and create a feeling that wildlife has taken over, or have a small oasis in your living space.
Have stylish planters
Depending on your style, you can find planters in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, styles and colours. Having baskets and natural materials for your planters will give tropical vibes to your home. Ceramics offer modern tones and mid-century styles a traditional look. Planters will tie together space and instantly make it look more professional. Here are some planter options:
- Ceramic pots
- Plastic pots
- Wooden planters
- Wall planters
- Vertical planting towers
- Birdcage planters
Go for the unexpected
Did you think indoor plants are specific and only decorative? Interior designers know a little bit of whimsy goes a long way! You can be original and find an indoor plant that’s both decorative and edible. All you have to do is take a look at the world of fruit trees! You should have in mind that proper care and conditions are extra vital if you want an indoor fruit tree to prosper.
Here’s a primer on fruit trees that you can grow indoors:
Do you have tall, white walls that overpower the space? The solution is vertical greenery! Hang small ferns, spider plants and more plants using brackets to add colour, style and a sense of depth.
If you are looking for a whimsical addition to your house, terrariums are the answer! These glass containers filled with plants and florals are pretty and easy to care for. They are great for people living in small spaces or for those who just love to garden, and you can buy them or make them your own!
Extra tip: If you want your terrarium to thrive, select plants that have the exact same needs.
Choose From Different Types of Houseplants
Use different types and big or smaller plants to add variety and a pop of colour! Use plant holder stands for enhanced or even organised looks. You can’t decide what plants to choose? We are here to help!
- Common house plants: Aloe Vera, Peace Lily, Weeping Fig, Monstera Deliciosa, Dracaena
- Flowering plants: Rose of China, Moth Orchid, Florist Cyclamen, Barberton Daisy
- Easy & low-light plants: Corn Plant, Cast Iron Plant, Dragon Tree, Lucky Bamboo, Peace Lily
- Indoor palm plants: Parlor Palm, Kentia Palm, Sentry Palm, Lady Palm, Areca Palm
- Air-purifying house plants: Peace Lily, Barberton Daisy, Dragon Tree, Areca Palm
- Tabletop plants: Devil’s Ivy, Aglaonema, Bromeliads, Peace Lily
- Tropical plants: Amazon Elephant’s Ear, Bird of paradise, Peace Lily, Philodendrons
- Hanging plants: Arrowhead Plant, Bird’s Nest Fern, Boston Fern, English Ivy, Maidenhair Fern, Spider Plant
Tips for drainage and repotting
Even if you don’t have a green thumb—hey, you’ll get there!—nurturing real flowers and plants and watching them thrive can be easy if you get the watering and drainage right. Overwatering is the most common mistake and the easiest way to kill a plant, so watering plants the right way is important. The roots sit in excess water and gradually rot. The plant will no longer absorb nutrients and moisture. Also, by repotting, you can extend your existing plants’ lives while growing something new.
10 golden rules of watering
- Keep your plants in pots with drainage holes at the bottom so that any excess water can drain out.
- Tip away any surplus that is sitting in the plant’s decorative pot about an hour after watering.
- Pour water from above if your plant is ok for its foliage to be doused, like most tropical plants and ferns. Make sure that the compost is also soaked.
- For plants that do not like wet leaves or stems, water from below. Set your plant in a pot with drainage holes in a tray of water about 2cm deep. Leave it there for 20 minutes, and then remove and drain.
- For plants that absorb moisture through their leaves and aerial roots, mist the leaves and roots regularly. Don’t forget to water the compost to keep them healthy.
- Water most plants every 2–4 days in spring and summer to keep the compost moist.
- Water desert cacti and succulents only when the top of the compost feels dry.
- Reduce the frequency of watering in winter.
- Check to see if your plant prefers rainwater, distilled water or tap water.
- Use pebbles as a soil topping to retain moisture longer.
6 golden rules of repotting
- Repot your plants before their life cycle ends.
- You can use universal soil that’s enriched with nutrients in your new plant.
- The pot shouldn’t be a lot larger than the plant pod.
- Ensure that the pot you’ve chosen has good drainage.
- Water helps the plant settle into its new home, so you should water the plant pod enough during the first few weeks. Be careful; the soil should be moist but not too wet.
- Place the plant in a place that has the light and humidity it needs.
5 brilliant plants for your living room
Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum)
Peace Lilies, also known as closet plants, are very popular in indoor decoration. They give a modern and romantic look in the space and are easy to care for. They have dark green leaves and white “flowers.” They are not only beautiful but also excellent at cleaning the air of the room they are in.
- Water: You should never water Peace Lily plants on a schedule since they are far more tolerant of underwatering than overwatering. Just check them once a week to see if they need to be watered.
- Light: If you give them enough light, they will flower almost nonstop, but they also adapt well to low lighting situations.
Sansevierias are super stylish but also some of the hardest to die indoor plants. This plant is called Snake Plant, Mother-in-law’s Tongue, Viper’s Bowstring, African Spear plant and Sansevieria Cylindrica. It is slow-growing and architecturally stunning, with long, thin and pointy, cylindrical leaves that tend to grow more vertically. There are plenty of varieties to choose from, from tall and spiky to short and squat.
- Water: For larger plants, pop them in the sink with a few cms of water and allow the water to soak up for around 10 minutes. Water the smaller ones once a month straight into the soil rather than on the leaves. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings.
- Light: They tolerate partial light conditions but grow best in bright, filtered light.
- Be careful: Keep them away from pets; they can be toxic.
Prayer plant(Maranta leuconeura)
The Prayer plant gets its name because its leaves stay flat during the day and fold up like praying hands at night. Its beautiful decorative leaves make it one of the most recognisable tropicals. It is a slow grower that can eventually reach up to 30cm in height indoors. Prayer plants come in an impressive range of colours and sizes and are suitable for all design styles.
- Water: You should water them regularly and try to keep the soil slightly damp at all times.
- Light: They need moderately bright light, but too much sun can wash them out and develop brown blotches on their leaves.
Lipstick plant(Aeschynanthus Radicans)
This is a popular and striking evergreen tropical houseplant that gets its name from its vibrant red and tubular flowers. These beautiful flowers, along with the glossy, green foliage, have a cascading, vine-like habit, which makes them ideal for use in hanging baskets or tall containers. The Lipstick plant not only has an impressive, tropical appearance but is also considered a relatively easy-to-care-for houseplant.
- Water: Go for moderate watering to keep the soil moist, not wet. Overwatering can lead to root rot, leaf drop, and fungal issues.
- Light: This is a plant that thrives in bright indirect light but will also do well in filtered light. You should not expose it to direct sun because this can burn the leaves and dry the plant out. Rotate it at least once a month for balanced growth.
Fiddle leaf fig(Ficus Lyrata)
They have huge, heavily veined, violin-shaped leaves that grow upright. They’re relatively fast growers and can be potted at any point in the year. They have a fun and modern look and are suitable best in spacy places. They are perfect as focal points of a room if you can situate them in a floor-standing container where the plant can grow.
- Water: They like a moderate amount of moisture in the soil. Water when at least the top of the soil is dry, but beware of overwatering. The plant might drop its leaves and suffer from root rot if it gets too much water.
- Light: They need to be placed in a bright area and better get indirect sunlight. Since it is pretty big, you should rotate yours every few days, so a different part faces the light source.
- Extra: Every week or two, dust the leaves with a damp cloth for its leaves to appear shinier. Plus, that way more sunlight reaches the leaves and enhances photosynthesis.
Are you ready for an interior refresh? It’s time for some new plants! Having plants in your living room will make it feel more welcoming and cosy but will also be good for your mental and physical health. Are you wondering what the best ways to arrange them are? Following some -or all- of our ideas, we will take that stress away, as plants do!