19 Easy Tips For Decorating Your Home With Indoor Plants

Incorporating plants into your interior design adds a natural touch and provides numerous benefits for your health and well-being. So, here are 19 ways to decorate your home with indoor plants.

The possibilities for decorating are endless, with a large assortment of indoor plants ranging in size from small strings of pearls to large fiddle figs. Bring your living space to life with the lush greenery of indoor plants.

How to decorate with Plants- a basket full of indoor plants on the kitchen table.

Today is our Pinterest Challenge Day. If you are unfamiliar with this challenge, our host Cindy @countyroad407 gives us a picture, and we will re-create it with our twist.

The best part is seeing how everyone interprets the image; we always have a variety of interpretations. Be sure to click through all the links at the end of my post to see the fantastic re-creations of this vignette.

Summer PC Graphic

This month our photo inspiration was this fabulous garden-inspired cabinet decor by Michelle @thepaintedhinge. I loved reading Michelle’s post. I can relate to her story of finishing the blog post the night before it’s due. As hard as we bloggers try to be ahead of the game, life sometimes gets in the way.

Entryway Cabinet filled with plants  and vintage treasures

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My Garden-Inspired Cabinet Decor

This image inspired me as it is just my style. I was thrilled I had all the components needed to recreate a similar look. The one thing that stood out to me was how Michelle used plants to decorate the interior of her home. 

I selected various plants for my vintage garden display, medium to tall topiaries, assorted herbs, and ivy. I also integrated my terracotta pot collection and a vintage card file cabinet I keep in my craft room. 

A cabinet decorate with a vintage garden theme on top. A card file cabinet with drawers that are open and decorated with terracotta flower pots and live plants. a Basket with assorted terracotta pots and two topiary trees.

I’ve used old books to create height for some of my plants. Lastly, I added a vintage butterfly typewriter, an old scale, several vintage floral frogs, and an assortment of my vintage seed packets as a banner hanging above for an added touch.

​There are so many great house plants that you can use in your home to decorate with. Large plants, small plants, tall plants, natural plants, and even faux plants.  

How to decorate with plants- a wood card file with drawer open and filled with rosemary and red clay pots.

The Benefits of Having Indoor Plants

Did you know decorating your home with plants can do more than add some greenery?

 Living plants aid in purifying the air to combat air pollution and are a great way to improve mental health and reduce stress. 

Additionally, adding plants to your dΓ©cor can reduce noise and enhance the aesthetics of your home. 

 Give your home a breath of fresh air (literally) with some houseplants.

What are the Best Indoor Plants

I am all about low-maintenance plants when it comes to indoors. So I always consider the type of plants when decorating my home.

Here is a list of my favorite potted plants that require little care to bring into your home. 

Devil’s Ivy (Pothos)

  • Ensure they’re kept in a warm spot, ideally at room temperature.
  • Please place them in an area with bright, indirect light.
  • Water them only when the soil feels dry. Once a month, use a diluted liquid houseplant fertilizer.
  • For a bushier plant, cut back vines just above a leaf.
  • Regularly wipe the leaves with a damp rag, and apply leaf shine.
How to decorate with plants- Pothos plant in a white pot

​Snake Plant

  • This plant is hard to kill and will survive in low light.
  • Only water when the soil is dry. Once a week is adequate.
  • Trim away any dead leaves.
  • You can put this plant outside in the summer, but it will freeze at any temperature below 50 degrees.
  • This plant is perfect for a home office or to fill an empty corner of your home.
How to decorate with plants- snake plant in white pot

Hydrangeas

  • Be sure you have the correct type of plant. Hydrangea Macrophylla is best suited for indoors.
  • Make sure you have it planted in a pot with good drainage. 
  • These are typically seasonal, but I love having them in the house when available (I purchase mine at Trader Joe’s). 
  • They want bright indirect light. 
  • Water when they start to feel dry. 
How to decorate with plants- white hydrangea in a white pot

Peace Lilies

  • Properly hydrating your Peace Lily is crucial for optimal care.
  • Use a spray bottle to mist leaves throughout the week.
  • Make sure to trim away any unhealthy leaves.
  • Apply fertilizers sparingly.
White peace Lily Plant

Indoor Garden Herbs

  • Basil 
  • Mint 
  • Rosemary 
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Most herbs require a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight for optimal growth.
  • Window sills are an ideal location for herbs.
  • Herbs have different water requirements. I typically water them every few days but check them daily to see if they are dry.
  • Fertilize once weekly during summer using a general-purpose, water-soluble fertilizer. Dilute to 1/4 the rate listed on the packaging for optimal results.
Terracoota pot set of three growing herbs in the kitchen window.

A few More of my favorite Indoor Plants

  • Orchids
  • Spider plants
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig
  • Air plants
  • ZZ plant 
  • Calathea
  • Bamboo
  • Ferns
  • Small Succulents 
  • Kalanchoe
  • Crown Of Thorns
Blue and white ginger jars on the dining room table filled with green plants
White Kalanchoe
Blue and white ginger jars on the dining room table filled with green plants
Fresh Mint

19 Tips for Indoor Plant Decoration

Whether you are decorating the kitchen, a home office, or your living room, it is important to keep the size of the plants in mind. Choosing the right plants for your interior spaces will create a cohesive look.

  1. Add a tall tree or a statement plant in a small corner to create a Focal point.
How to decorate with plants- Blue and white living room with a fiddle fig leaf tree in the corner

Mix Faux and real plants.

2. One of my favorite tips is to mix faux plants with small indoor fresh green plants. The faux plants are so well made these days that you can barely tell they are not real. This is a great tip if you do not have a green thumb.

3. Use different shapes and sizes of plants. Mix larger plants with smaller plants. Incorporate plants with different shapes and growth patterns while designing your plant arrangement. Pothos, a low-growing trailing plant, a Dracaena with a fountain-like appearance, and a Fiddle-Leaf fFg tree with tall, upward-reaching leaves are excellent choices.

Designer Tips

4. Interior designers would say to arrange your plants or vignettes using an odd number of items. If you are using all plants, use 3, or maybe you are using a few books, a plant, and a candle. By using odd numbers, you create visual interest.

5. Add plants to your shelving units. The greenery helps to break up the small spaces and softens the look.

Shelving unit filled with vintage books, white ironstone ware  and green plants.

6. Use a variety of containers. Mix a basket with terracotta pots or a white ceramic pot. 

Crown of Thorns
How to decorate with plants- three plants decorating my office. A large ficus in a basket, an orchid in front and a Pothos in the back.
Trio of Three Plants Mixing Pot Styles

7. For a cohesive look, use pots all the same color. You can use different sizes and textures, but keep the pots consistent in color.

8. Schedule your plant care day. My day is Friday, so I know I will water and clean my plants every Friday and then water on any additional days needed. 

Black and white bathroom with plants
How to decorate with plants- Washing a plant in the bathtub

9. Add Plants to your bathroom. Not only will it look fabulous, but they will love the added moisture from the shower. 

More Tips for How to Decorate with Plants

10. Plants on the coffee table are always a good idea. I change out the plants I use in this space quite often. At the moment, I have a white hydrangea. Sometimes I bring in one of my big ferns and love the bright green color it brings into the house. 

White hydrangea in a terracotta pot that is aged. A small cloche with a birds nest and a few vintage floral frogs
White hydrangea in a terracotta pot that is aged. A small cloche with a birds nest and a few vintage floral frogs

11. Mix different colors of green in your plant display. There are so many different shades of green. Also, add in a few plants with variegated leaves.

12. Add a basket of assorted plants, real and faux, to the kitchen for a fresh look.

How to decorate with plants Vintage basket on the kitchen counter filed with plants

13. Create an herb garden in the kitchen for easy cooking access.  

How to decorate with plants- a wood card file with drawer open and filled with rosemary and red clay pots.
lavender and mint in a pot with hanging vintage seeds on the wall behind them.

14. Hang plants from the ceiling for a dramatic look. Use a hanging basket or a macrame hanging planter to display your plants.

Plant display in the corner of the office. A small white ladder adds dimension and height for the plants.

15. If you have Pothos with long vines, have fun with them. Drape them over a curtain rod, or put them around a picture frame on the wall. 

16. Use a designated piece of furniture to create a plant display using all plants. Bookshelves and open display cabinets are great for this type of plant display.

17. Use a plant stand to display a plant in a tight corner of a small room. 

Using plants in large rooms

18. If you have a large room, adding plants and indoor trees is the perfect way to bring design style to any room. Be sure to think about the perfect plant for your space. Not only do you need to think about how the plant will look, but you must consider the plant’s needs. How much light does the plant need, direct or indirect? Do you have easy access to water?

There are many things to consider when choosing your plants for a specific room.

19. To separate the space, Use tall plants to create a screen in a studio apartment or a large room.

Decorating your home with indoor plants doesn’t have to be intimidating or overwhelming. With just a few simple tips, like selecting the right plants for your environment, using different planters to highlight your plants, and adding texture through various features like hanging baskets and macrame, you can add a fresh design element to your home. Use these 19 easy tips today and start decorating your home with indoor plants. Don’t forget to follow my blog for more inspiring decor ideas.

Next up on our tour is Renae @peacockridgefarm Renae has a lovely home, and I know you will enjoy her interpretation of our Pinterest challenge today.

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  1. Amazing, so many wonderful ideas, love the hydrangeas and the three pot cluster.
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  2. Hi Wendy, I loved reading about your indoor garden! Love what you did with the typewriter and file cabinet! Thank you for sharing such great ideas!

  3. Wendy, I absolutely love all of your beautiful indoor plants and how you’ve styled all of them! You definitely have a green thumb!

  4. What lovely ideas, everything looks so pretty.
    I love house plants, but I tend to stick to the ones which are super easy and good tempered – spider plants, jade, peace lilies, aloe etc. Thanks for so many ideas to upgrade my houseplant displays πŸ™‚

    1. Those plants are the perfect choice for inside your home! Enjoy. Thanks for stopping by, Julie.

  5. Such lovely vignettes, Wendy, and great tips for using indoor plants. Your little drawers are a perfect spot for adding herbs and other small plants.

  6. Wendy, you really do have the perfect components for this garden style challenge. Love your fantastic card file cabinet and that vintage typewriter fits right in! Such a great post on plants too!

  7. Oh wow, such pretty ideas to display and show off plants. I love this idea. Each vignette is so pretty to look at and so full of inspiration. Great job.

    1. Thank you, Marty! Have a wonderful long weekend.

  8. I love your pretty display Wendy, and the vintage vibe you achieved!

  9. You white cabinet with drawers worked out perfect for this challenge. I love your vignette with the plants. My favorite indoor plant is Devil’s Ivy (Pothos). It is so easy to grow. Love your inspiration, my friend!

    1. Thank you, Tammy. I have to agree. You can’t go wrong with Devil’s Ivy. It is so hard to kill.

  10. Oh my goodness! Your vignette is absolutely darling. I love all of the beautiful details.

  11. Great indoor plant tips, Wendy! I definitely need to incorporate more inside my house. Love your interpretation of the inspo pic. and love the piece it’s all sitting on. Always enjoy seeing all your vintage finds tucked in;)

    1. Thank you so much, Lora. I always enjoy the Pinterest challenge. It is so fun to re-create a look with our own twist. I wish I had the opportunity to get to know Michelle. I am sure she was a lovely person.

  12. Love your vintage garden cubby display, Wendy. You have so many wonderful elements. That white card catalogue is perfect! Pinned!

    1. Thank you, Debra. It was nice that I was able to find everything around the house this time.

  13. Great tips and your interpretation of our inspo pic was awesome. Love all of your plants and am jealous of your green thumbs. Mine are brown brown brown. Thank you for joining us. pinned

    1. Thank you, Cindy. It truly is one of my favorite posts to write. I would be happy to come to add some green for you :)))

  14. You know how I love my indoor plants! Love all of your ideas! I adore your blue and white pots!

    1. Yes, I think you may be the Queen of indoor plants! You have way more then I do.

  15. I absolutely loved all of your tips! Thank you for sharing. Your vintage garden themed vignette is just gorgeous!

    1. Thank you, Laura, I appreciate you stopping by.

  16. HI Wendy! Love the tips on indoor plants and herbs! Your plants look beautiful in you r decor. laura

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