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Looking to liven your home or office with indoor plants, flowers and greenery but don’t know where to begin? We’ve curated a list of ideas below to inspire your interior decorating. There are no rights or wrongs, or hard and fast rules, first and foremost, when it comes to adding plants to your home decor, all that really matters is that you love the way the space looks and it brings you joy.
1. Use plant stands
Using plant stands in a room will create depth and visual focal points. They make great decorative pieces for room corners. If the room is small, choose plant stands that have skinnier legs. You can buy new plant stands at your local nursery or search for second-hand plant stands on Craigslist and Gumtree.
2. Try hanging plant stands
If the room is small and you’re concerned about adding plant stands to the floor space, consider using hanging plant stands. You can build one yourself with a simple plank of wood (for the shelf), eye hooks and some hardy twine and suspend from the ceiling. If you aren’t interested in DIY projects, you can purchase handmade and unique hanging plant stands (such as the one pictured below) from marketplaces such as Etsy.
3. Framed pressed flowers
Have a wedding bouquet you’d like to keep? Or want to decorate the room with a gorgeous floral arrangement that don’t need to be thrown out each week? Consider pressing an assortment of flowers and displaying it in a glass frame. You can hang on the walls or pop on a hall table to brighten up a space. Don’t have time to make your own? You can buy handmade pressed flower art frames from My Botanica Store.
4. Reuse glass bottles and jars.
For cost-effective plant styling, propagate plant cuttings and pop in old, glass bottles or jars for maximum, minimalist effect.
5. Showcase air plants
Requiring no soil to grow, air plants (Tillandsia) make an interesting feature in any home or office. You can dangle them from the ceiling in macrame plant hangers, pop them in ceramic bowls or display in a metallic wall sconce.
6. Add natural baskets
Understated bohemian chic is on trend and if you’re a fan of this interior decor style, pop your plants in handcrafted baskets made of wicker, rattan, sisal, jute and even linen for a neutral palette that offers a beautiful, natural aesthetic. You can search for second-hand baskets on sites such as Facebook marketplace or you can purchase online.
7. DIY floral garland
An easy way to display flowers, source tiny glass bottles from thrift stores or online, wrap twine around the bottle necks and you’ve created a simple floral garland to showcase seasonal flowers, leaves and herbs.
8. Invest in trailing plants
Invest in trailing plants such as pothos, philodendron ‘Brasil’, devil’s ivy, English ivy and string of pearls for a magical, indoor jungle look. These plants are fast-growing and many can be easily propagated with cuttings.
9. Display in glass beakers
Ideal for plant cuttings, glass beakers and glass bulbs make an eye-catching decorative piece for your home or office. You can also give glass planter bulbs as gifts for budding botanist friends and family.
10. Decorate with dried bouquets, branches and flowers
Dried bouquets, branches and flowers such as pampas grass, bunny tail grass, eucalyptus, billy buttons, natural palm spear fan and king protea are hugely popular, widely used by interior designers and social media influencers to add interesting focal points on mantels, shelves and indoor spaces. You can source from your local nursery or purchase online. They are long-lasting making them a cost-effective way to decorate your home and office.
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