Developing Your Style With Plants
Are you looking for some plantspiration when it comes to styling your home? You’re not alone in that. Scrolling through any insta-feeds that include interiors you will usually find some well-placed and luscious looking plants. Plants add depth, interest, beauty, fill spaces and can help you add personality to your home. They are also great for our well-being by reducing volatile organic compounds in the air and they create a sense of satisfaction, achievement and calm. What’s not to like!
There’s a number of considerations in developing your plant style such as what style of house and interior design look do you have or want to develop? What type of spaces do you have for plants such as bedrooms, bathrooms, entry foyers, living areas and kitchens. What’s your budget? Compared to some hobbies, plants are relatively inexpensive. As plants get bigger and take longer to grow, they get more expensive. If you’re happy to start a plant small then you can save money and create a lot of satisfaction for yourself. Another consideration is how much time you have. Whilst not hugely time-consuming, plants do require some care and maintenance along the way — repotting, trimming, pest and disease maintenance and watering.
To help get you on your way to creating your plant style, lets start with your home. There’s no real difference in approach whether you own your home or rent. You may just be a little more limited in what you can do in a rental but that can also spark some great creativity.
Step back and pretend you have just come into your home for the first time. Walk around — what do you notice? What things jump out at you, what recedes? What’s your overall impression — does it feel warm? cool? Inviting? There’s no judgement here other than to determine whether that is the impression you want to create — if it is yay- well done you, if it isn’t then there’s an opportunity to restyle.
After you’ve taken an objective look around your home or apartment, write down your observations. Note down what works, what doesn’t, and what you would like to change. What overall feeling does your space give you? What feeling do you want it to give you? Are there some areas that are closer to what you want than others? Can you identify what’s helping to create that look — if you can, write it down or take a photo as a reminder and inspiration for the areas you want to work on.
Identify the area you want to start with first. What type of space is it — is it warm, cool, open, small or large, well-lit or on the shady side of the house? All these factors will help you choose the right sort of plants to use. An open, bright space might lend itself to a large Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) in a statement basket or pot whereas a shady bathroom with a sill and a bench may lend itself to a smaller sized Zanzibar gem (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) and a Peace lily (Spathiphyllum).
If you have the space and you want to create a natural looking cluster of plants, the main consideration is to group plants together that like the same conditions. This makes it easier for you to water and mist and leads to better, healthier plants in the long run.
Do you have an overall aesthetic or are you still developing it?
If your home has a strong design look such as mid-century modern, Hamptons, Queenslander or brick low-set then that can help inform the plant selection, although there are never any hard and fast rules.
Wispy green palms, architectural Strelitzia, and trailing pothos lend themselves to Hamptons and Queenslanders. Succulents, cacti and other architectural plants look spectacular in a mid-century setting, and if your home is more modern then its a probably a great blank canvas to take in many directions.
A plant can improve any space!
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