Have you ever walked through a home and thought, “Wow, they really overdid it with the indoor plants”; safe to say, probably not. It’s very hard to over-decorate with plants. In fact, the more living (healthy) plants you add to a home, the more welcoming and comfortable it tends to feel. It literally changes the vibe of the space; we make a psychological connection to the outdoors when we see a plant inside our home.
Although installing plants in home design has never really gone out of style, in the last few years it has definitely increased in popularity. During a past Cityline TV segment with Tracy Moore I explained to viewers that plants, especially large ones, need to be planned into a space, the same way you would plan for your furniture. Typically, when plants are added to the home they are purchased as an afterthought or a decorative accessory. More frequently now plant installations are being incorporated into the floor plan or layout of a home, as the home is being designed. Living wall systems, built in indoor planters, and plant murals are popular examples of this interior design trend.
If you are renovating your home and/or thinking about incorporating plants into the space, you can do this in one of two ways: design and build a spot specifically for your plants—a sun room addition would be an example of this—or choose a location in your existing floor plan where you would like to add a plant, and then determine the best plant for that spot.
Consider adding plants to your tabletops, bookshelves and mantles; and weaving them into those annoying corners that always look bare and empty. If your room is short on available daylight, arrange plants on windowsills and if your windowsills are not deep enough hang then in front of the windows with plant hangers.
Plants thrive and grow when they are well situated with the right light, temperature, and humidity; if you provide your plant with the right conditions you may also need to accommodate for its vigorous growth. Arranging your indoor plants with care will not only improve your interior design but also breathe life into your space. Design for Conscious Living® is a full-service residential design company. We would love to assist you with both interior plant designs and exterior plant gardens.