Fresh and Blooming: 10 Creative Ways to Decorate with Plants
With the verdant foliage, eco-art, and florals that are huge interior decor trends now, Mother Earth has never looked so beautiful at home. And they're bursting out of flower pots and vases! The modern emphasis on greenery has given us plenty of new ways to decorate with indoor plants. So this spring, take your cue from these attractive and unique examples of filling the home with plants and plant-inspired decor.
1. FLOATING TERRARIUMS
First, we had hanging plants. Then we had dish gardens. Now, combine the two in the most brilliant way! Hanging terrariums are such an eye-catching addition to any room that in many homes, they are now in full display as show-stealing decor. The best part? They're easy to make and maintain, thanks to the use of low-maintenance air plants. Here's one of the many how-to tutorials on floating terrariums, from designer Jen Heller.
Home decor trends in 2019 seem to lean towards the wild, the uncaged, the natural. And so across many interior design magazines and Pinterest posts today, we're seeing free-reign vines and climbers adorning furniture, cabinets, and windows. Wildly beautiful!
3. TROPICAL INDULGENCE
The tropics are in full growth in home interiors -- and it looks like they're here to stay! It was in early 2018 when we started seeing the comeback of indoor palm plants, jungle-inspired upholstery, and full-on rainforest murals. The result -- which designers still can't get enough of -- is a lush green paradise right at home.
4. PALM PRINTS
If bringing the jungle to your home is not your style, you can still get with this trend in moderate doses. Tropical inspirations have made their way to wall art, so you now have endless choices to hang just the right pieces in any room of your house. Your best bets? Prints featuring banana leaves or palm fronds, like the canvas piece above.
5. BIG AND BOLD
2019 trends are far from shy! This year is prime for large, leafy indoor plants like the Swiss cheese plant (monstera deliciosa), fiddle-leaf figs, and even some varieties of palm and bamboo. Place them at strategic corners of your home where they can get plenty of sunshine (also spotlighting their grandiose) and where they don't cramp up the room.
6. WILD FLOWERS
In keeping with the untamed beauty of today's design trends, flower arrangements have also grown less dainty and more exciting. Sure, the conventional roses and lilies are still mainstays, but they currently blend into the background, giving the centerstage to more colorful and unexpected proteas, gladiolas, eclectic foliage, and even succulents!
7. LIVING CORAL
Speaking of flowers, the "it" color today is Pantone's Color of the Year 2019: Living Coral. It's a happy, beautiful hue of pinkish-orange -- perfect for bouquets, centerpieces, and beyond!
8. LIVING CENTERPIECES
Another unique way to make a design impact with plants is to swap the usual cut flowers with actual living greens. Terrariums and container gardens have become oh-so-chic thanks in large part to elegant new container designs. Even soil layers can now be displayed with panache on your coffee table, as you can see above!
9. PLANT DIVIDERS
Now here's a plant arrangement that's both decorative and functional: use vertical plant stands or planters to create a semi-open room divider! Such a simple idea, but it makes a gorgeous impression -- plus, it helps improve the air quality in both rooms.
10. ECLECTIC VIGNETTES
Vignettes are aesthetic groupings of still objects, and plants are some of the best objects to group for decorative impact. Move beyond simple floral arrangements and instead, juxtapose greeneries of various heights, textures, and containers. Utterly interesting and pleasing to look at! (For more tips on creating vignettes in your home, see our step-by-step guide here.)
One more wonderful thing about these indoor plant decor tips is that you don't have to be a gardening expert to achieve the look. So which ones are you trying in your home? Tell us in the comments!
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