Decorating Your Home With Plants

By Thomas Fryd

Houseplants provide a great opportunity for interior design possibilities. Living plants will add a special touch to homes that are already well-designed with good furniture, paintings, and tabletop displays. Plants can be a beautiful decorative touch to add to your home. There are nearly endless options available when choosing your plants and their containers. Keep your overall decorating style in mind when you visit the nursery or garden center so that you choose plants and containers that will fit the dcor of your home.

When choosing a pot for your plant, examine all of the different sizes, shapes, colors, and materials. It can be hard to imaging the possibilities when you select a plant in a black plastic nursery pot. You can repot your new plants into simple clay pots, providing a subtle earth tone and subdued design. To brighten a dark corner in your home, find a bright yellow ceramic pot. Patterned pots in plastic, metal, or wood can fit right in with the dcor of your home.

Consider the plant you've chosen when you purchase a pot for it. If you have a lot of bonsai, for example, continue the Asian theme by selecting red ceramic pots. Vines will look great in simple pots, because the plants themselves are so complex. You can even select humorous pots, like one with crocodile drawings, for unique plants like a Venus Fly Trap.

To add some interest to your container garden, select pots in different shapes and sizes. Round pots are classic, while long rectangular trays can provide unity for a group of plants, and asymmetrically shaped pots add visual interest.

Choose your plants with attention to your overall color scheme. Choose plants with bright yellow or red flowers to add a splash of color to an otherwise restrained room. Or, continue the soft atmosphere by choosing a plant with deep colored foliage. Make sure that the flowers give you the effect you want. Many small blossoms can make a busy and active looking floral display. Large, uniquely-shaped flowers make a bold statement.

When buying plants to decorate your home, you'll need to decide on how many plants you want, and where they will be places. If you use many plants at different heights, you'll add a sense of dimension to the room. Use a single large plant such as a hibiscus tree in a corner to draw the eye across the room. A basket hanging from the ceiling has a different effect from a large tree plant on a pedestal.

By varying color, shape, and placement, you can achieve any affect you want with your houseplants. Combine the decorative elements in your home with living plants for a unique space. You can continue your interior design through your choice of plants and containers.

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