Love the look of plants in your home, but not sure how to pull off the trend? Here are 5 things to consider when purchasing greenery for your space…
Indoor plants have been an essential part of interior decor for decades, but it seems growing greenery within living spaces has gotten popular much more recently – being one of the most common design trends in our Joybird Style Stories. In fact, most of our featured homeowners mention time and time again how adding plants to their space fills out their color palette and basically “finishes” their look.
The great thing about this trend is it’s fairly easy and relatively inexpensive to add greenery to your home. Plus, it’s not only a beautiful design element but it also adds life, oxygen, and a soothing edge to your interior. But even still, there are a few details worth considering before heading to your local nursery and purchasing a plethora of plants.
How green is your thumb really?
Before taking the plunge on purchasing any living plants, take a minute to consider your lifestyle and plant-care experience and be honest with yourself. Are you home regularly enough to water and care for foliage, or are you always on the move? Do you have experience in caring for plants, or are you a nature novice?
If you’re a seasoned plant-owner then you can probably handle creating and maintaining your own indoor-jungle. However for newbies or people who aren’t home much, consider going the low-maintenance route and opt for succulents and cacti, which don’t require much watering and are pretty durable in a variety of conditions.
If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll have better results with keeping your greenery alive and looking great for longer.
Know your poisonous plants!
This is something many people fail to think about when bringing vegetation into their homes, and the results could be devastating. If you have small children or pets, take some time to do your research on what plants may be toxic. The ASPCA has a wonderful resource for looking up toxicity levels in foliage for all kinds of animals and is a great way to quickly evaluate what plants may work for you.
Additionally, if you love the look of certain plants that are toxic, consider where you’ll be placing them in your home. If it’s high and out of reach, you can probably pull it off, but anything on the level of your littlest dwellers should always be non-toxic.
Pick greenery that fits your interior style.
Just as you wouldn’t mix clashing colors in your decor, don’t bring in foliage that doesn’t fit your design theme. Consider the kinds of plants that fit your aesthetic best. While we always encourage mixing and matching, there are specific types of plants that fit certain design styles and can in fact help establish your overall theme.
For example, if you’re going for a Southwestern vibe, cacti will complement your style perfectly. For super retro Mid-Century Modern, you can’t go wrong with snake plants and futuristic looking succulents. If you’re all about a lush Bohemian look, giant ferns or palms can enhance the mood. And if you’re more inclined to a classic Traditional style, ivy plants and ficus trees will fit right in.
Think about the levels in your living spaces.
Once you know the kinds of plants that work best for your lifestyle and design aesthetic, you should also consider where you’ll place your plants within your space. Just like any other piece of furniture or decor, plants should be used to contrast and complement other elements in the space to create richer texture and a pleasing design.
If you have a lower-framed sofa, you may want to consider adding a taller cactus or fig tree next to it to add some height. Or if you’re looking to draw the eye upwards towards higher ceilings, investing in a few hanging plants is definitely the way to go.
The bottom line is to play with the levels of your plants in tandem with your furniture and decor. This will give your space dimension, a sense of balance, and professional polish.
Keep it fresh and flexible.
Our final tip for tapping into the plant design trend is to keep an open mind to different possibilities. There are literally hundreds of plants that could work for your space, so don’t feel bogged down by just one design idea. Remember as well that part of the fun of decorating with plants is that they are easy to switch out, move around, and change throughout the year. In fact, depending on the plant, it may be necessary to replace certain foliage fairly regularly to keep a fresh and healthy space. So, be playful and creative with your plant choices, and don’t be afraid to try something new!