When we think of interior design, we tend to think about painting the room a certain color, placing just the right furniture in the room, and finishing it off with some of our favorite works of art. Little do we know, however, that we make such an oversight when we fail to consider houseplants in the interior design equation. As a result, our rooms can wind up feeling a little off-balance or incomplete.
So what can houseplants do for your home interior design? Potted plants can easily freshen the look of any room in your home. They not only give you clean oxygen, but they can also create a beautiful focal point in a room or help tie a space together artfully. And the best thing? You don’t have to have a green thumb to make this work for you!
These nine hip houseplants can enhance your home in many different ways! Check ‘em out and find the right ones for YOU!
Pothos* (Epipremnum aureum) – Also known as Devil’s Ivy, this low-maintenance vine isn’t very picky about the amount of light it gets (but of course, the brighter the spot, the better!). Pothos looks amazing trailing out of a hanging basket, crawling up a pole, or just left to sprawl out over a tabletop or mantel. It thrives in low to bright light and between 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to keep the soil moderately dry!
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) – If you think you have a brown thumb and are afraid of caring for houseplants, then this is the plant to try! Snake plants are carefree succulents are nearly indestructible, and its architectural, sword-like leaves make fantastic accents to nearly every room! It withstands low light but prefers brighter conditions, and it loves living between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, growing up to 4 feet tall and wide. Beware – over-watering this plant can cause root rot.
Philodendron* (Philodendron hederaceum oxycardium) – Want something pretty and green to trail over the edge of your bookshelves or other large pieces of furniture? Then the Philodendron might be for you! This plant has heart-shaped leaves and adapts well to low-light locations. Give it low to bright light and a climate of 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and this plant will be your new best friend!
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) – If you’re searching for a plant that will give you some old-fashioned appeal, give the spider plant a try. They make excellent hanging plants and tend to develop plantlets at the ends of their arching stems, which can be potted in soil to begin new plants! Be sure to give it medium to bright light and keep your home between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit to keep this plant happy!
Arrowhead Vine* (Syngonium podophyllum) – Do you have any boring corners in your home that desperately need some dressing up? Then check out the Arrowhead vine! This plant, which (as the name implies) has arrow-shaped leaves, come in many varieties from green with white markings to bronzy-green with pink undertones. They enjoy low to medium light and anywhere between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and they can grow up to three feet tall and wide!
Green Dracaena** (Dracaena deremensis) – Who says a decorative plant has to be a vine or mounding plant? You can certainly use upright plants like the Green Dracaena to make your home even more beautiful! This plant, which can either be pure green or green with cream stripes on its leaves, tolerates low light but tends to give a better color in medium to bright light and looks good nearly everywhere in a home! Give it medium to bright light and an environment that’s between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and you can see this plant grow up to 10 feet tall and 3 feet wide!
Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) – For a classic feel in your home, consider the Boston Fern with its gorgeous arching fronds. This plant works great with any decorating style you have in mind and looks great in a hanging basket or displayed on a mantel or pedestal. It does well in medium to bright light and in 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, growing up to four feet tall and wide.
African Violets** (Saintpaulia ionantha) – Need a perfect centerpiece for your living room but don’t want to spend a fortune on a sculpture? Why not try African Violets? These cute, colorful, and fuzzy flowers are wonderful to have around the home! They even would do well in bathrooms or the kitchen because they love humidity. Oh, and this plant blooms throughout the year! Just keep it in 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and give it indirect sunlight, and you’ll have a beautiful centerpiece all year round!
Note: *All parts of this plant are poisonous and can cause severe irritation to the lips, tongue, and mouth when consumed or chewed on by a pet or child.
Note: **Poisonous if eaten or chewed on by dogs.
Not sure how to best employ plants in your newest interior design project? Give me a call at (618) 656-4728 or visit my website at www.gingerhuffinteriors.com to see how I can help you!
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