Cozy up your home and get creative with your houseplants! These 5 simple plant decor hacks will take your home from basic to botanical bliss. Read on and get inspired.

Craving a home that breathes life and speaks volumes about your unique personality? Look no further than the humble houseplant. These leafy companions aren’t just air purifiers and mood boosters; they’re interior design magic waiting to happen.

But hold on, before you rush to drown your home or apartment in a sea of fussy ferns, let’s get strategic about it. Transforming your space into a thriving indoor jungle without breaking a sweat or your fragile plant babies, that’s the name of the game. Because it’s got to be easy for you to care for too.

Today, I’m sharing five foolproof hacks that’ll turn your basic digs into a lush abode, no matter your living situation or botanical expertise.

Learn how to decorate with plants to cozy up your living spaces with these simple tips!

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Plant Decor Hacks: 5 Easy Ways to Elevate Your Home with Houseplants

With January coming to a close, I’m longing for spring, warmer weather and pretty flowers. It gets so cold here in New Jersey!

Houseplants are a great way to add life, warmth and personality to a space without going full on spring decor. And regardless of the time of year, they cozy up your home and breathe life into bland spaces.

Not to mention, they clean the air we breathe. Plus, those bright, happy greens just make you feel gooooood.

Studies have shown that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity as well as reduce stress levels which makes them ideal for both home and work environments.

If you don’t have any, you’ve got to get at least one. And once you start, I promise you’ll wind up getting more. Caring for houseplants is very rewarding and they are just lovely to enjoy indoors in the doldrums of winter.

Christmas decorating in the sunroom with boho farmhouse style with plaid blankets, throw pillows and indoor plants
Sunroom decorated for Winter

But Where Do You Put Plants?

When styling houseplants, their needs should be considered first.

  • What kind of light to do they require?
  • Where are the windows located in the room? (N, S, E or W)

Plants look great on plant stands, shelves, mantels, tables, nooks, countertops…pretty much any place that has a sturdy flat surface.

Add greens to spaces that lack life and personality. You know what I’m talking about, right? Those areas that lack that certain something?

Put one there.

Incorporating more plants adds depth and makes indoor spaces come alive. For example, trailing plants look great on a shelf because they soften the hard lines and fill in empty spaces.

Large, leafy plants can soften dark corners of a room.

And if you add an uplight behind that large leafy plant? You’ll add mood lighting and instant drama.

christmas decor in the sunroom with boho farmhouse aesthetic, pilea plant and spider plant

Plant Decor Hack #1: Think Beyond the Basic Pot

Similar to choosing home decor, it’s important to select plant containers that will accentuate your home and be the right fit for you plants. There are so many options to choose from so think through your home, the plants you have, and what your decorating style is.

And the best part? You can change them up whenever you want!

I gravitate to pots and containers that look organic, rustic and neutral. Sure, terracotta pots have their charm, but they’re the equivalent of wearing plain white tees every day. Spice things up!

Swap those standard containers for vibrant ceramics, woven baskets, or even repurposed vintage finds. There are lots of garden gems you can find at the thrift store, so don’t leave there without snagging some beautiful crocks, jugs, pales, and so much more.

Let your planter choices reflect your style, whether it’s bohemian macrame hangers, sleek geometric shapes, or quirky vintage treasures. Remember, the pot is the first impression, so make it count!

plaid living room chair in spring with muted gold throw pillow, faux flowers, houseplants and modern farmhouse floor lamp

Plant Decor Hack #2: Master the Art of Layering

Flat living spaces? Not in our home! Embrace the vertical dimension with layering. Tall fiddle leaf figs or monsteras add drama and anchor a corner, while smaller succulents and air plants in terrariums bring personality to shelves and desks.

Don’t be afraid to elevate your plants either! Stools, shelves, and even upside-down baskets can give your shorter plant babies a leg up (literally) and create a dynamic, jungle-like effect.

Plant stands and shelves are a great way to solve this problem. They help plants sit closer to the light coming in from the windows. And display plants more prominently in the room.

But also consider adding a pretty willow plant obelisk or sphere to add more character to trailing plants and create more depth in your home.

formal living room decorated for spring with mix and match neutral pillows, loloi area rug, and pops of green with pretty houseplants

Use More Plant Stands and Shelves

To give you an example, do you see that snake plant in the bottom right corner of my former kitchen in the picture below? It’s sitting on the floor and barely noticeable. I raised it up off the floor with a plant stand and look at how much more noticeable that snake plant is is.

There are several reasons why plants often look better when they are lifted off the floor:

Visual Perception:
  • Height and Proportion: Elevated plants create a more balanced proportion in a room, particularly where furniture dominates the lower parts. Their height draws the eye upwards, making the space feel taller and more airy.
  • Focal Point: Placed at eye level or above, plants become a key focal point, adding visual interest and preventing the lower areas from feeling empty or cluttered.
  • Variety and Dimension: Lifting plants introduces different levels and layers to the space, breaking up monotony and creating a more dynamic, interesting visual composition.
Light and Shadow:
  • Better Light Access: Elevating plants, especially those requiring brighter light, ensures they receive sufficient illumination for optimal growth and aesthetic appeal.
  • Shadow Play: Plants on stands or shelves cast interesting shadows on walls and floors, adding depth and character to the space.
Practical Benefits:
  • Accessibility: Placed higher, plants are less likely to be knocked over, trampled on, or damaged by pets or children. Just make sure the plant stand is sturdy!
  • Maintenance: Watering and care become easier when plants are at a comfortable height, reducing the need to bend or crouch.
  • Space Utilization: Lifting plants frees up floor space for other furniture or activities, particularly in smaller rooms.
Psychological Impact:
  • Sense of Nature: Elevated plants bring the outdoors in, fostering a connection with nature and promoting feelings of calm and well-being.
  • Greenery as Art: By showcasing plants at eye level, they become more like living sculptures, adding an artistic touch and enhancing the overall ambiance.

Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. Some low-growing plants like ferns or succulents can add texture and interest when placed directly on the floor. Ultimately, the best placement depends on the specific plant, the light conditions, the overall room layout, and your personal preferences.

I think houseplants look prettier when raised up off the floor and strategically spaced in a room.

thrift store buffet with beautiful wood details by staircase in the foyer with snake plant, gold frames, dinnerware and vintage crock filled with spring greenery

Plant Styling Tip #3: Embrace Unexpected Corners

Plants crave the spotlight, but not just from windowsills. Hang staghorn ferns like living wall art, tuck air plants into vintage terrariums on shelves, or surprise guests with a mini fern on your bathroom counter.

Think vertically! Mounted shelves or hanging macrame planters are space-saving heroes, letting your greenery cascade like a beautiful waterfall. Remember, the more unexpected the placement, the more “wow” factor you’ll get.

Plant Decor Hack #4: Let There Be (Strategic) Light

Not all plants are sun worshippers. Consider their light needs and your desired ambiance. String lights add a touch of whimsy, while strategically placed spotlights can highlight unique foliage. For low-light areas, choose shade-loving heroes like snake plants or ZZ plants. Remember, lighting can dramatically transform the mood of your space, so play with it and see what aesthetic you can create.

Plant Decor Hack #5: Group Your Houseplants Together

Plants love company! Odd numbers are visually appealing, and clustering different textures and sizes is like throwing a mini jungle party for your eyes. Plus, grouping plants helps them retain humidity and creates a microclimate that benefits everyone involved. So, ditch the solo act and let your leafy friends mingle for maximum impact.

farmhouse sunroom in winter with houseplants that clean the air

The Low-Maintenance Indoor Plants You Should Grow

Okay, we’ve painted a glorious picture of your home transformed into a lush and vibrant oasis. But what if your gardening track record involves crispy fern foliage and a wilting cactus? I got you!

Because the plant kingdom holds some easy-care, low-maintenance plants that even the most novice of gardeners can handle. These are houseplants that thrive with minimal fuss and adapt to a variety of light conditions.

5 Fuss-Free Indoor Plants

  • The Snake Plant (Sansevieria): The snake plant is an architectural wonder that practically defines “low-maintenance.” Its upright, sword-like leaves require infrequent watering and tolerate low light like a champ. And it gets bonus points for being one of the top air-purifying plants!
  • The ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia): Picture glossy, deep green leaves that practically shine – that’s the ZZ plant. It thrives in both bright and indirect light, needs minimal watering, and can even handle periods of neglect. Talk about a forgiving friend!
  • The Pothos (Epipremnum aureum): This cascading champion is one of the easiest (and most popular) houseplants for a reason. Pothos‘ heart-shaped leaves come in various shades, it tolerates a range of light levels, and propagates like nobody’s business. Perfect for hanging baskets or trailing along shelves while cozying up your indoor spaces.
  • The Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum): Not only is the spider plant easy to care for, but it also gifts you with baby spiderettes that you can propagate and share with your plant-loving friends. Bright indirect light is its happy place, but it can handle lower light too. Just let the soil dry between waterings.
  • The Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum spp.): This elegant beauty not only boasts dramatic white flowers but also tells you when it needs a drink! Its leaves droop slightly when thirsty, perking back up once you give it a good soak. It prefers medium to bright indirect light and adds a touch of zen to any space.

Keep in mind that even low-maintenance plants need some TLC. Read the plant tags, learn their specific needs for watering, soil type, and occasional fertilization. With a little love and attention, these indoor plants will reward you with lush greenery and a sense of accomplishment (no brown thumbs here!) for years to come.

Stacy Ling in the sunroom with a cup of coffee and her houseplants

More About Plant Decor and Styling

Do you have love to style your houseplants too? I’ve got them all over my home and enjoy the lush aesthetic they provide throughout the year. Do you have any plant styling tips you’d like to share? I would love to know more in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Enjoy your day! xoxo

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As much as I love my winter greens, I’m ready for a change and want to pare things down while making a slow transition to spring. With the holidays in the rearview mirror, it’s time for my houseplants to take center stage again. And I’m ready to show off these beautiful dried hydrangeas that I have yet to display!

I really love that blue-green color and want to incorporate more of it in my decor. They had a really great selection of cozy home decor ideas with so much more. I found some houseplant accessories and a few other items that will help my home transition to spring. And it looks amazing! Wait until you see what I found.

My living room is the prime location for many of my houseplants because it has the most windows and receives the most sunlight. The front of my house receives south side sun, so I try to keep a lot of houseplants there along the window.

I also have west and north facing windows in the living room that don’t receive as much light, but are bright enough to house a few plants that are OK with those conditions. Last year, I propagated quite a few plants, so my population of houseplants has really grown.

With a greater population of plants, I need to condense them in a smaller area where they will receive the best light. They have a beautiful texture and pull that greenish-blue color from my dried hydrangeas.

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  1. Love all the greenery! I bought the same Petal and Stone white ruffled pillows at the Christmas Tree Shop, such a bargain for such a quality piece! Happy Winter!

  2. Thanks for sharing all your tips! So many great purchases. I need to find a Christmas tree shop. I’ve never been to one.

    1. Thanks Ann Marie! If you haven’t been, you’ve got to go! They have such a variety of items at great prices. And the quality is really good. I’m telling you, those ruffle pillows are amazing! I’ve never met a ruffle that stays intact. Until now… xoxo

  3. I love The Christmas Tree Shop! Before we had one locally, my mom and I would take a “day trip” to Rhode Island just to spend the day shopping at CTS. We’d always come home with a carload of goodies. They do have great pillows! Thanks for sharing your styling tips. I love how the faux florals look on your mantel! Pinned 🙂

    1. Thank you Rebecca! How cool is that! Don’t they have such great stuff? There are two located near me about 20 minutes away near two different malls. I love to pop in there when I’m out running errands. I really love their pillows too! Not that I need more pillows but every time I go, I’m like “Oh I have to have this one!” They hold up really well with my dogs who love to lay on my sofas.

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