Looking to turn your interiors from a desert to a verdant forest of potted plants? You’re not alone. Australia’s indoor plant obsession shows no sign of waning. The increased time at home has made us fall more deeply in love with the beauty of plants and more aware of their benefits to our health and wellbeing. Follow these five tips to style your potted pretties.
Potted plants add a welcome pop of greenery to shelves, but to make the most of this prime eye-level position, trailing plants are even better. Beyond shelves, you can also get height by using plant stands or even by hanging baskets from the ceiling, using well-placed (and securely attached) hooks.
Don’t let your pots be lonely: grouping several together creates a striking look on a table or shelf. There are no hard and fast rules, but generally odd numbers work well – three, five or even seven! Think about the shapes, sizes and colours. Try pots in similar tones but varied sizes for a layered effect. You can add texture and interest by choosing plants with a range of interesting leaf shapes or colours.
Forget expensive cut flowers! Use plants to create a permanent centrepiece for a table – cacti and succulents are an eye-catching and fantastic low-maintenance option. Arrange a row of individually planted pots down the middle of a long table, or create a single centrepiece with a selection in different colours and shapes. If decorating a dining table, keep the arrangement low to avoid blocking people’s views across the table.
Sometimes all you need is one pot to make a huge impact! Choose a bigger plant such as a lush and leafy golden cane palm, for example – and plant it in a large pot, which will allow plenty of room for roots to grow and will ensure your plant is stable and not top-heavy. Think about placement: a corner is ideal, but it can be an attention-grabbing feature in an entrance, as long as it’s not blocking the thoroughfare.
A beautiful pot can be a major design asset and can really lift an ordinary houseplant. Bright colours and striking patterns make a strong statement, textured pots bring subtle interest (especially when using a single colour) and soft pastels or neutral tones can make glossy, green foliage sing.
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