Plants are so beautiful and bring vibrancy into your space. They replenish the air around us and increase our mental wellbeing, it’s no wonder they’ve hit social media by a storm! In fact, since covid, there has been a huge rise in plant parent bloggers and instagrammers alike.
But nailing your plant styling requires some thought and skills. Here, we go through some essential designing tips and important factors to consider before you dive into plant land. We uncover how to choose the right plant for your room and general rules to follow when clustering plants together. Soon you’ll be a plant styling pro!
First And Most Important: Assess Your Environment
Whilst this may seem like an obvious one, you’d be surprised how many jump in headfirst when they start their plant styling journey! As tempting as it may be to buy a truckload of plants and fill up every inch of your house with lush greenery, you first need to assess the environment of each room. You might also want to assess your lifestyle habits and think about how much attention you’ll be able to give your new green babies.
First, check each room you’ll be styling. When decorating with plants indoors, you need to assess the humidity, ventilation, light intensity and check for any drafts. Check whether the windows are south-facing or north-facing and consider whether your room has extreme temperature fluctuations.
Plant Styling to Suit Your Schedule and Lifestyle
Secondly, you want to consider how often you’ll be able to maintain your plant. What’s your daily schedule like, will you have time to care for each plant’s needs? Do you frequently work away from home? Ask yourself honest questions about whether you’ll have time to tend for more needy plants, or whether hardier plants such as cacti and succulents suit your lifestyle better.
Matching a plant to your interior’s environmental factors and lifestyle helps it stay beautiful and happy, whilst also gracing your house with an oasis of green. After all, they’re no use to us when they’re all shrivelled up and dead!
Simplicity Is Key
OK, let’s face it. It’s very tempting to jump the gun and choose all the plants of your dreams. With all those Instagrammers and Plant Parents showing off their rare plant collections, it’s easy to feel more is essential when decorating with plants indoors. However, we actually think simplicity is key and essential when you’re first starting off your plant styling journey.
If you’re testing the waters, start with a few easy to care for plants and see how you get on. Try adding a plant to an empty space or liven up a bare-looking table. Or maybe try adding a cluster of small plants together and display them on a shelf. See how you get on and add to your collection.
Create Depth with Multiple Plants
Playing around with a variety of plants is a great way to add visual interest to your space. Try to mix and match different heights, shapes, textures and styles, and cluster them together in the same corner. You can even place some plants on a stall to create an eye-catching display or stagger them up a ladder. You can’t really go wrong with plant styling, but it’s best to follow these general guidelines:
Rule of thumb: When plant styling with different varieties, you want to try and find a commonality. For example, using plants with a similar colour or choosing them for their dense or spread leaves. That’ll help create a little bit of formality and cohesiveness when decorating with plants indoors.
The “Rule of Three”: When clustering your plants together, it’s often best to think in 3’s. In horticulture and plant styling, three is considered the magic number. Why? Designing and organising plants in odd numbers looks a lot more natural than even numbers. Nature is often irregular and asymmetrical, so incorporating this principle into your design will help you create a more natural setting.
Statement Plants: the Bigger the Better
Go big or go home! Large plants are a great way to up your plant styling game. They add a bit of drama to your space, plus they bring that lush green tropical vibe we all love.
The Fiddle Leaf Fig tree is an absolute classic, with its stunning fanned out leaves and towering height. It certainly makes a dramatic display! However, if you don’t have enough space or the environment for it, this plant might not be the one for you. Lucky for you, there’s plenty of other large statement plants you can decorate your space with!
If you’re plant styling for a darker interior environment, perhaps a Monstera or a vibrant Golden Pothos will illuminate your space. Plus, these species are super easy to care for and create a very striking display!
However, looking after a larger plant can seem like a daunting task. If you’re a total plant styling newbie, why not test your skills with a young larger plant? That way, you can tend to its needs whilst it’s small and manageable, so when it starts getting larger it won’t seem like such a big task.
Use Hanging Plants to Utilise Space
Lack space but still want an abundance of plants? When it comes to city living, not all of us have a great deal of space. Incorporate this plant styling tip and you’ll be able to make the most out of your space, as well as incorporate more stunning greenery and beautify your homes!
One snazzy way to hang your plants is first to screw in two hooks (use white-coated ones to make them less visible) and hang two cords from them. For the rail itself, just slip a painted or wooden pole in between and you’re done. For a more rustic and earthy design, go foraging and find yourself a large sturdy branch. Give it a buff with some sandpaper and you’re done! This can be a great look to add a bit of lush foliage to both modern and rustic interiors.
If you’re renting an apartment, making holes into walls and ceilings is probably not an option. However, you can always hang your plants on curtain rails or off the sides of cabinets, shelves and bookcases. Make sure to look through our hanging plants range if this style suits your needs!
Install a Floating Shelf
Floating shelves is another great plant styling method to utilise space. It frees up space around you, plus it gives you the ability to cluster lots of plants in one condensed area. Floating shelves are also fabulous for combining lots of different plants, which can make some striking displays!
Try clustering some plants that cascade down and others that grow in a shrubbier manner. Clustering some daintier plants with some textured wavy plants can be an awesome way to add fun to your space! As long as you’ve got a good combination of trailing, shrubby and tropical plants, your floating shelf display will look the part.
Choosing the Right Pot
Pot choosing can be a bit of a minefield. There are so many options, it can be hard to choose the right one for you. First, ask yourself what design you’re going for. Is your house minimal and modern, or do you love eclectic styles?
For a more modern design, go for pots that have straight sides and have a simple design. Even square-shaped planters complement modern spaces excellently. If you love a more eclectic, colourful style, choose pots that vary in size, shape and colour. Here at Bloombox Club, we have all sorts of pots that’ll suit every style.
If you’re a bit stumped on how to choose the right size pot, make sure to read through our pot size guide. That way you can make sure you get the right size to house your new plant babies!
Bringing Everything Together
So there you have it! Now you can become a master of decorating with plants indoors. No matter how much space you have or the style you’re going for, you can always tailor your plant styling to suit your needs.
Sometimes a whole lot of trial and error is the best way to refine your plant styling skills, but following our tips will get you well on your way. The most important thing is to have fun when you’re decorating with plants and to go for something that suits your personality best!