Indoor Plant Styling Essentials

So many times, we move into a new apartment, home or room and the first thing we want to do it to decorate it.  We move in our furniture, buy additional pieces and start hanging up the artwork before we even unpack our clothes.  Making your new space your own is a strong force.  We want to put our personal touches on the walls and immediately make it feel like a home.

In the case of adding indoor plants to your new or existing space, I always suggested that you should understand your space and its uniqueness before you order boxes and boxes of houseplants.  Take a deep breath, spend some length of time in each room you are considering adding indoor foliage.  Observe how the light moves throughout the room during the day. Take note of the dark corners, or how darker colored walls absorb the light.  Think like a plant and imagine where you would want to live and how much light you will need to thrive.

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Consider how much time you will be spending in each room.  There are a few reasons to consider this.  The first one is that plants seem to live longer and grow more successfully in rooms filled with human interaction.  Plants relate to us on a cellular level. Indoor plants that her human voices, music and are handled are much happier plants.  Secondly placing plants in rooms that are seldom used tend to be forgotten.  They are easily overlooked when you are watering and possibly, those vacant rooms are not heated as well as the living spaces.

Most homes are not heated equally, meaning that some rooms are cooler than others.  If you have rooms that never get above 55 degrees Fahrenheit, then you should condsider whether or not you should risk introducing houseplants there. Most indoor plants thrive between 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit, so identify the spaces in your home that will be able to provide these conditions throughout the year.

It is tempting to buy something based on its beauty.  Lets face it, that’s what we do. Look for indoor plants that appeal to you and then read the label, look up the requirements or ask an expert before you purchase a more challenging houseplant. There are many plants that are bred to thrive indoors, all of them with beauty and form that only mother nature can accomplish.  Master these indoor plants first before you dive in to the rare plant world.  It's not that you don’t deserve to own an espaliered Pomegranate tree, but if you do not have the right lighting and temperature, you will most likely end up just as unhappy as your tree.

Now that you have settled in to you new home, or have just decided that you want to adorn your space with live plants, and you have a greater understanding of your light and temperature status, it's time to pick a plant.

Think about the plants habit ( form ) and how it will eventually fill out in your space. It is hard to image your little 4” plant becoming a grown up one day, but with the proper care, it will.

Stromanthe sanguines indoor plant

Check the roots to see if they are springy and healthy.

Choose well rounded full plants that are free from brown spots or leaf and stem damage.

Read the label or plant description to determine if this type of indoor plant will thrive in your space.

Think about the colors that go best with your décor.


Consider if you need vertical elements and choose interestingly shaped taller trees and shrubs to add volume to corners and blank walls.

Plants that need less watering are great for those who travel often.

Plant styling should be fun.  Feel free to move your indoor plants around until you find the spot where it flourishes.  We don't always get it right on the first try and your plants will be sure to tell you when they are not happy.  Give them some time to adjust and soon enough you will be a plant styling professional!

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