Interior Design Using Plants as Decoration

If you'd like to change how your home looks, here are a few ideas to start using plants as decoration. Let's add a touch of color that you'll love!
Interior Design Using Plants as Decoration

Last update: 28 January, 2021

Using plants as decoration is a good idea if you want to give new life to your home decoration. First, you need to understand what plants will work the best for you and choose accordingly.

An attractive combination of plants in the right place can completely change how your home looks. But, how do you choose the best plants?

Interior design using plants as decoration

Where and why

Often, a houseplant can thrive in one corner of the house, but others can’t make it past a few days.

Take into account where in the house you want to place a plant, whether it’s indoors or outdoors. This will determine the plant’s development.

For this reason, try to keep your plants in one place. Some plants are harder to place and, if they’re doing well, don’t take unnecessary risks by moving them from one area to another.

In some cases, some plants need to be taken inside during winter, but then they’ll need fresh air to keep them healthy.

Using plants as decoration in the dining room.


Harmony, style, and balance

It’s important to match the plants to each room’s functionality, its furniture, and decoration. This is very important when choosing what plant to get.

Your decoration style, the colors on the walls, the pictures, carpets, and curtains will give you a clue to the kind of plant you need.

Each room has its own atmosphere. So, remember to add to this with plants as decoration. Also, furniture plays a big role and, often, this is where you’ll put your plants.

From an interior design perspective, plants should use a tenth of your house’s surface. If they occupy less than this, they’ll go unnoticed. On the other hand, they’ll take up too much room.

Using plants as decoration in the bathroom.

What houseplant will work best for you?

Plants sold in specialized shops have a high decorative value. Just place them in the right part of your home, depending on their needs.

The living room, the kitchen, the bedroom, and the bathroom are the most used rooms in a house. So, decorating these areas with plants and flowers will give them more personality.

Depending on the amount of light and humidity in each room, you’ll know what plant to place in each space.

  • The hallway. Usually, this area gets little natural light. Use dry plants and flowers.
  • The living room. This is an easy area to decorate with plants because it gets more light. How much space you have will define the size of the plants you choose.
  • The dining room. Most of the time, this is a heavily furnished area, so it might get less light than others. For this reason, use small plants.
  • The kitchen. Choose plants for this area depending on how much you cook and how hot this room gets.
  • The bedroom. If it’s well lit, this is a great place to keep many types of plants, but nothing too big.
  • The bathroom. This room has the most humidity in the house. This makes it perfect for many houseplants, although take into account how much warmth and light it gets.
A large begonia plant with colored leaves

Useful tips to keep your houseplants healthy

Some houseplants have special requirements, such as watering schedules, compost, or cutting back. If you aren’t willing to do this, it doesn’t mean you can’t keep houseplants inside. Try to pick plants that do well in harsh weather and don’t need much water. Do you like cacti, agave, or crass?

If you want to use plants with flowers, dwarf rose bushes are your best option. They need a lot of natural light so remember to place them outside when the time’s right. Orchids, cyclamen, kalanchoe, and bromeliad will look beautiful anywhere.

One last piece of advice – don’t forget that begonias are perfect for bright rooms with no direct sunshine. Do remember to keep them moist.

Plants will help you decorate your home, so choose the ones that’ll work the best for you.