Style Your Space with Plants & Pots
Enjoy the many benefits house plants can bring to your life with our tips on how to style your space with plants and pots.
Let's start with some of the benefits that plants offer. Plants help:
- Clean our air by removing carbon (and helping fight climate change),
- Help bring the outside inside during the darker winter months.
- Help us relax and reduce daily stress.
The simple act of caring for your plants helps take your mind off a hectic day of b. Like a great dog, your plants will love you and not talk back. Speaking of great dogs, meet our rescue: Cole. He is the ambassador for our home and is your guide on this journey.
Add Some Style to Your Space
Navigating life during a pandemic meant staying at home, using too much technology, and feeling disconnected from friends, family, and nature. Many of us found comfort in refreshing our h, our home offices, or other spaces. Our customers discovered the ease of shopping online, then picking up their order curbside for free, or having us deliver it to them. Safe and a great way to save time for more e things, like styling your home. To help make that effort a bit easier, the plant specialists at Green, along with our ambassador Cole and his Instagram buddies, offer you the following style ideas for having plants help improve your style game at home.
Twelve tips for styling plants in your home or workspace.
1. Mix interesting or engaging containers with living plants to add a focal point. Using different sized pots and complementary colors, group three plants together. Try to make one of the three larger to break up the visual look. Everything is better in groups of three.
2. Embrace simplicity. Pair a tall plant frond with a clean, clear, or decorative vase. Try a Monstera leaf with its beautiful shape and cutouts or a similar cutting from a larger plant. If your space is limited, take a cutting from your Pothos or other green plant and place it in a vessel. The focus is on t shapes, color, and simplicity of the pairing.
Use Different Pot Sizes to Create Visual Interest
Another great idea is to invest in novelty plant propagation containers to add a simple container that leaves the shape of the leaf as the focal point. Plus, you will end up with a new plant, which is a good thing!
3. Add a terrarium to your world. Easy to make and maintain, a terrarium in your home is not only a focal point, but it is also a world within your world. From simple to the more elaborate, terrariums offer a beautiful addition, and they need little attention. The plants in a terrarium release moisture or vapor which is captured on the glass walls where it trickles back down into the soil, essentially watering itself. They require limited amounts of water and are beautiful to view. Plus, like other house plants, terrariums help reduce stress and anxiety and add style to your home or office.
4. Add style with patterns and interesting materials. Plant containers can add visual interest to your style tool chest. Think about a ceramic glaze or geometric pattern, leather, or terrazzo. Add stripes or color block patterns. The pot or container's construction material also can add to the look and feel of your personal space.
5. Embrace your ceiling. That’s right. Don’t shy away from hanging plants in your home decor efforts. Use hanging planters to display a plant adjacent to a window or glass door. Bright light plants thrive on the indirect bright light, so put your home or office windows to work as a home for your houseplant. Be sure to check them regularly in a warmer, humid environment as they may need to receive more regular watering. Explore more hanging planters and pots in our online store.
6. Create an urban jungle.
A pothos vine, paired with a stylish pot, will add an element of the jungle to your space. Pothos plants are easy to maintain and simple to prune back when their vine takes over. The variegated pothos on the left will provide visual interest with the color variations in the leaves. Or opt for the Neon Pothos (shown at the bottom of this blog), which is named after the vibrant green color of its leaves. Air Ferns, another modern-looking plant, is shown here in a terrazzo pot. Or, if contemporary is your look and feel, the grey ceramic cylinder is ideal.
7. Create a focal point. Group pots or containers of the same color to create a focal point. On a shelf, table, or the floor, a collection of similar colored pots will add calm to your space and relax. Try grouping several white or cream pots with different plants of various sizes. You will quickly see the appeal.
8. Pair an indoor plant with another object de’ Art. Create a scene or theme using a sculpture, a painting, or a photograph.
Pots and planters can be mixed to create a grouping that will draw your visitor's eye and make your room more interesting. Remember the rule of 3’s-and you will be styling in no time.
9. Embrace the sculptural shapes of plants, particularly those of the succulent variety or air plants, which require very little attention. The colors and shapes of succulents vary greatly, and they are all unique and exciting visually. The trick with succulents is not to overwater them. Once a month is usually enough.
10. Aim for interesting. One of the more exciting plant categories worth exploring is air plants. You can’t go wrong with adding a few of these to your space. Also easy to maintain with unique shapes, sizes, and colors. From the symmetrical spiral of the Xerographica to the colorful Tillandsia Cyanea, air plants are living sculptures that will add visual interest to your space. In a clear glass terrarium or displayed in one of the geometric air plant hangers on a table group, a collection of air plants will thrive in low light or bright light. Just soak them in some water once a week, and that is it. No other nurturing is needed.
11. Add a plant stand. One of the more exciting additions to the plant world is the new variety of plant stands available to help display a plant in a home or office. Plant stands or a grouping of plant stands can help anchor a room and provide a visual focal point. They also add height, allowing for d plants closer to a seating area or near a piece of furniture, bringing the plant closer to eye height when sitting. We have an entire collection of unique plant stands online and in our Hillcrest store.
12. Pick unique plants. Houseplants come in various shapes and sizes, colors, and light preferences providing numerous opportunities to pick something unusual and exciting. The Monstera deliciosa leaves, with their splits and holes, make it a popular choice among plant lovers. Or consider the easy-to-maintain Aloe Vera plant in a unique container for a warm sunny spot in your home.
Various plant options can offer visual interest with their color, shape, and size. Be daring! Approach your selection with an eye to your home's location, the mood you are trying to create. If you are looking for a sleek, clean, and modern feel, then a Sansevieria is perfect. A popular tall anchor plant is a must, and you can't go wrong with the Fiddle Leaf Ficus or a Bird of Paradise. Or, for an urban jungle scene, add a Pothos plant to the mix or a hanging container with a Hoya and watch how fast the shoots grow down to the ground.
One last tip: Take some time to look through a few home design magazines or store catalogs to get ideas. Follow a selection of popular plant hashtags in your Instagram feed (follow us), or wander into our store and let one of our plant specialists help you think through your home or office's best strategy.
We end this blog on Plant Styling by tooting our own horn. The August 2019 issue of San Diego Magazine included their annual "Best of San Diego" awards. You will find us listed with a few raves about our store between the pages, and they bestowed upon us the title of San Diego's "Best Plant Store." We couldn't agree more!