One of the best ways to beat the winter “blahs” is to bring a little bit of the outdoors in. Houseplants provide so many benefits from boosting your mental health to purifying the air you breathe. But acquiring plants and then knowing what to do with them are two separate things. Especially if you have more than one. Fortunately, styling your houseplants is easy and fun and can give your home’s decor a wonderful refresh. Here’s what you need to keep in mind.
Understand their needs
Unless you want your beautiful green plants to quickly turn brown and die, you need to understand their needs. First, take a look at your space. How much natural light do you get? Are there any drafts? Is the air particularly dry? This information will help you to choose plants that are right for your conditions.
Pay attention to color, texture, and pattern
When you first get into houseplants, you may assume that they’re all basically the same color – some kind of green. But as you pay closer attention, you’ll soon see that plants come in an exciting array of colors, textures, and patterns. Once you’ve narrowed your choices down to plants that will be happy in your environment, you can then choose the ones that have the most pleasing details. You can even begin to match them with your existing decor!
Size is important
Another factor to consider when styling your houseplants is size. Too many plants that are the same size will be visually boring. Instead, opt for plants in a variety of sizes. A large plant that is a few feet tall can become a focal point in the corner of your living space. You can also create groupings of plants that are different sizes, which will help your eye move around the space. Try placing plants at different heights around the room, or place some of your potted plants on stands or tables.
Try hanging them
If you live in a small space, then you may be concerned that you don’t have room for houseplants. So don’t be afraid to think vertically! You can have plants without sacrificing any floor space if you hang them from the ceiling or curtain rods. Macrame is making a huge comeback, and macrame hangers are a great choice for displaying plants.
Consider the pots
The containers you put your plants in will have an impact on your overall design. So choose your pots wisely. Find pots that complement your decor. You can even use non-traditional objects for pots like vintage cans, wooden boxes, or pitchers. Just be sure that whatever kind of pot you use it has a drainage hole. If not, then you could also tuck your plant in its nursery pot inside another container.
Don’t forget to water them
If you want your houseplants to look good for years to come, then you’ll need to remember to water them depending on their needs. It can be helpful to use calendar reminders if you’re prone to forgetting. You can also choose plants that require very little care or even opt for faux plants – many of them look just like the real thing!
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