We grew up with lots of houseplants from impressive rubber plants and cascading “money” plants to large pots of peace lilies in the drawing room. One of my earliest memories is my mom asking someone for a cutting of one of their plants. (Odd, I know!) And although its been many years since she’s had a plant at home, back then she definitely had a green thumb- I swear she could make plants flourish just by stepping into the room! Somehow, somewhere along the way, I decided I would probably have the blackest thumb in the business and so I never considered bringing home a houseplant. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t emotionally ready to commit?
Nevertheless, about two months ago and really yearning for a kitten, I decided it was time to bring home a plant instead. (Yes, that logic makes perfect sense in my head.) I chose a gorgeous fiddle leaf fig that just happened to be at Costco right next to the checkout. I call that serendipity! All four of us made a special trip in two cars to pick it up later that day. And now? Not only is it still alive, but, you guys, it is thriving. I’m so proud although all I’ve done is water it once a week (Two cups, exactly.) It sits in a beautiful basket from Target in front of our large living room window and receives plenty of softly filtered sunlight. It’s got a pretty good life, as far as plants go.
I’ll admit I didn’t quite anticipate how delightful it would feel watching Penny (the Boy chose the name!) grow so well, but now that she is, I’ve realized I want to bring a few more plants home. My great dilemma is figuring out how to display them stylishly and make them work with our existing decor. So off to Pinterest I went and here we are: a round up of the best, most stylish ways to display houseplants at home! P.S.: You can also Shop this post at the very end and find some of my favourite planters and baskets!
1. In the Entryway
A single houseplant can elevate an entry way from just OK to amazing! Personally, I would choose a houseplant with clean, simple leaves, like the fiddle leaf, rubber plant, or the monstera, but it really comes down to your personal aesthetic and how the rest of your space looks.
2. Corner Vignettes
On a ladder, hanging from the ceiling, arranged on the floor by height, or hidden in a colour-blocked corner, the possibilities for creating curated vignettes with houseplants are endless!
3. Table Top Displays
Although typically flowers hold dominion over table top displays, who says you can’t add potted plants and branches in vases to the top of your table too? Although I’m the first to admit I have flowers on my table top five days out of seven, I think in comparison, plants can look less contrived and more elevated. What do you think?
4. Benches & Bar Carts
Think beyond the floor and the table. Benches and Bar Carts make great display stands for houseplants too!
5. Up on the Wall
Plants as artwork, anyone? I absolutely love the idea of displaying plants this way!
6. Window Displays
This is another great way of showing off your house plants. I really love the idea of shelves in front of windows, especially if you live in a small apartment. It’s such a smart way of using an existing area that is usually under-utilized, don’t you think?
7. In the Bedroom
Aside from the pretty factor, some plants- like the peace lily, mother-in-law’s tongue, and spider plant, to name a few- are also really good at removing toxins from the air. I can’t think of a better reason than that to pop one of these pretties into your bedroom!
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Tell me, do you love plants at home as much as I do? And how do you/would you display them?
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