House plants are making a resurgence. They’re no longer the waxy, plastic fake office plants many are accustomed to or the spidery ferns that took over your grandmother’s living room. Today they’re a chic way to bring a natural feel to your home and if done in one of these 13 creative ways can add an artsy vibe.
1. Creative Crockery
Skip the plain terra cotta pots that plants come in and transfer your foliage into unique ceramic urns or vases. Go oversized and fill in space will moss, or choose an interesting shape so it doesn’t look like just another potted plant.
2. Succulent Sculpture Garden
Succulents and cacti are such interesting, geometric plants. And they don’t get enough credit. Create your own little garden indoors with an assortment of textures and colors known to these plants. They’re low maintenance, too, so you can place them anywhere.
3. Tiny Topiaries
Topiaries are classic, elegant and a little too big to have indoors. Luckily, they come in miniature sizes and stand fabulously on a galvanized tray in any room. If you like the clean look of topiaries but find them a little stiff, let the plant grow a little wild for an organic but still polished feel.
4. Twist and Twirl
Another way to bring topiaries indoors is to create your own, easily maintained ones from ivy. Either create or purchase a wire form and twist English ivy around it. You’ll have an indoor English garden within the hour.
5. Indoor Vertical Garden
Turn a succulent or low-growing indoor garden on its head and place it on your wall. Vertical gardens are extremely trendy and their variety of colors make the gardens seem like a 3D piece of art. They only need to be misted with water once a week so you won’t have to worry about drips or damage to your wall.
6. Oversized Plants
Bigger is sometimes better. If you want to add some greenery to a room but don’t want to care for multiple plants, choose a large potted tree like a fiddle-leaf fig or palm. Let it grow out into the room for a low-maintenance, indoor jungle feel. Tip: place your plant on wheels so you can easily move it into our out of the sun as well as out of the way when you clean.
Like a bonsai tree, these little terrariums are like a full garden in a more manageable size. The combinations of plants, colors, containers and sizes are endless, so grab one or grab a few for a terrarium collage. They only need a weekly misting, so they’re perfect for a low-maintenance home or for children to care for.
8. Camouflage Your Home
Do you have unsightly plumbing, wires or a bland space that you don’t know what to do with? Indoor plants can be strategically placed not only to add visual interest but also to affordably hide eyesores. Go for plants with thick coverage like a fern or sansevieria laurentii.
9. A Work of Art
With wooly pocket planters and a picture frame you can turn just about any plant into a piece of art. You can also replace a photo collage or accent an existing one with wall planters for unique and natural wall art.
10. Driftwood Planters
For moss and air plants, skip the pots and opt for a driftwood planter. It makes a beautifully natural container for your plants and is a piece of organic decor on it’s own.
11. Stand Tall
Turn potted plants into art by placing them in clusters on different levels using stands, benches and shelves. It adds more whimsy and visual interest than keeping them on one level.
12. Pocket Plants
If you have a vintage apothecary or card catalog, make them feel as though they’ve been there forever by placing plants in a few of the drawers. It’s a unique way to display plants that accentuates your piece’s vintage charm.
These staghorn ferns will make guests do a double take. Displayed on a wall, they look just like traditional antlers with a fun, green twist and can be used in many more designs.
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