Plants as decor do more than fill a space. They can literally breathe new life into your home. You just have to know what kind of plants you have at your disposal, and what you can do with them to make your home an even more relaxing place to be. Read on to find out more about using plants as decor.
1. Add Excitement to Rooms with Spiky Plants
Okay, so “spiky plants” aren’t exactly a scientific category. But here’s what they can do for you: They can add contrast to an area that seems too tame or flat.
For example, try a spiky plant such as yucca or a cute round hedgehog cactus. Place it in rooms where things feel a bit monotonous and dull. Good spots to place spiky plants include study rooms, kitchens, countertops, and spaces near windows.
You can place a spiky plant anywhere, but since they do call attention to themselves, avoid putting them in rooms that already have a lot of centerpieces. It’s best to give your spiky plants a corner of their own.
2. Brighten Your Windows with Herbs
The number one reason why indoor plants die is the lack of sunlight. So one of the best places you can place small potted plants is on window ledges.
Try kitchen-friendly herbs like basil, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, and thyme. Other herbs you can use include dill, oregano, and sage. If you like spiky plants, you can use a small cactus to accompany your herbs and add more texture to the look. If you cook with fresh basil a lot, no one’s going to stop you from filling your windowsill with it. The combination is up to you.
3. Give Life to Corners with Hanging Plants
Hang plants or mount them to a wall if you have a small space to work with. You can save floor space and give a room a touch of life and color all at the same time. The best place to hang plants is in the corner of a small room. This way, it can add to a room’s theme rather than distract from it.
For example, in a small bathroom, you might only have enough space for the toilet and shower. A plant like the Bird’s Nest Fern likes a lot of humidity and can thrive under low light, so it can sit perfectly well near a bathroom window.
There is a wide variety of hanging or wall-mounted plants. Some require a lot of water, while a plant with succulent varieties only needs to be watered once a month. It’s best to consult your local garden center in Minnesota.
4. Use Plants to Hide or Reveal
One last tip is that you can use your plants to hide things you don’t want guests to see. You can also use them to highlight or draw attention to particular objects inside your home.
For example, you can use a large indoor plant to hide a garbage bin. If you have a large window overlooking a street, you can block a pedestrian’s view with a few well-placed plants. Indoor plants can also accentuate objects in the room that you’d like people to notice. For example, a quiet little bonsai tree can complement an antique typewriter.
Plants don’t just smell sweet and freshen up the air we breathe. They also have aesthetic qualities that can relax us. Use your plants effectively as decor, and you might find yourself having more house guests than usual. Don’t forget to experiment with different kinds of plants, and most important of all, have fun while decorating.