House plants add a stylish touch to your decor, but more importantly, they make a house feel more like a home. There’s something lovely about coming home to a house full of plants you work hard to care for.

Plants can fill small gaps in home decor – an empty corner in a room, for example, or some gaps on your bookcase. Here are a few things to think about if you want to introduce more plants to your home:

Plant care and positioning

Even if you’ve got the perfect table, bookcase, or shelf ready for a lovely new plant, you may need to juggle things around in order to keep said plant alive.

Some plants thrive in direct sunlight, whereas others can’t survive in harsh lighting and prefer something shadier. This is the number one thing to think about when shopping for plants.

Here are some common plants that love full sunlight:

  • Aloe vera
  • Jade
  • Snake plants
  • Palm plants (like areca palm or ponytail palm)
  • String of pearls
  • Succulents, like cacti

Plants that prefer some shade:

  • Rubber plants
  • Boston fern
  • Spider plants
  • Peace lily
  • Prayer plant
  • Cheese plants

Size and shape

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Having a variety of sizes, shapes, colours, and leaf textures can bring the ‘wow’ factor to your indoor plant displays. Two or three small plants on a sideboard can create some visual interest and lush greenery, whereas a bookcase looks great with a hanging plant on a high shelf.

And you don’t necessarily need a clear surface to introduce plants to your indoor space, either. If you’ve got a little bit of floor space, you can slot in a larger plant in a basket: palm plants or fiddle leaf plants look especially beautiful.

You can also introduce plants in hanging displays, too. If you don’t have floor space, this is a great option. Hanging plants in various sizes can create a stunning display.

The more, the merrier!

In my experience, once you start collecting plants, you won’t be able to stop. It starts with a couple of nice houseplants and erupts into an obsession! Luckily, an abundance of plants is lovely to look at.

If you have a large bookcase or sideboard to fill, an abundance of plants can stylishly fill that space, and it doesn’t take much effort to arrange them in a gorgeous way.

Don’t neglect other rooms

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Plants can add a pretty touch to any room, not just the living or dining room. I love the look of large potted indoor plants in a bedroom, for example. It adds an unexpected touch of luxury to a bedroom. So, if you do have a bit of floor space, you can fill it with something like a yucca plant which has a thick stem and glossy green leaves (almost like a small indoor tree).

The other space to think about is the bathrooms. Often, bathrooms don’t have a lot of natural light to work with, but some plants will thrive in the warm, steamy atmosphere. Boston ferns are pretty and can be small enough to fit in tight spaces.

The bonus benefits of plant parenthood

As well as looking beautiful, there are other benefits to having plants around. Plants can:

  • Improve your mental health
  • Reduce stress levels
  • Improve creativity and productivity
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Improve air quality

You can read the RHS website’s guide on plants to support human health to learn more about this. Plants are truly remarkable, and it’s well worth the effort of looking after them.

Featured image: Brina Blum

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