Bringing Plants Indoors for Winter: 4 Essential Design Tips for Houseplants

Reader Contribution by Katie Kuchta

The cold weather has come upon us and many plant lovers are slowly mourning the end of the outside growing season. Annuals are beginning to dwindle and the possibility of frosty temperatures means that perennials will also begin to close up for winter.

The changing of the season doesn’t mean that you have to lose all of those potted or hanging plants that are outdoors. Bring your plants indoors this winter to add greenery into your home and to continue to care for your favorite plants. From a design perspective, maintaining indoor plants is almost essential for modern decor. Here are a few design tips for houseplants.

1. Use Stylish Hangers

Macramé hangers are one of the most popular and versatile ways to hang plants indoors, or even outdoors. Some styles include small metal pots or even stone pieces made to house a small hanging container garden. Use these hangers in corners, above kitchen windows, or even in the bathroom for an extra accent of life.

Succulents and cacti varieties make for great hanging plants as they are easy to care for and look great in clusters. Hanging vines are also popular in hangers since they need ample vertical space for growing. Consider choosing an area with extra space underneath for those vines that you want to bring indoors this year in order to add natural beauty to a room.

2. Fill Negative Space

When it comes to adding accent plants, you want to add them to an area that isn’t overly crowded but rather needs something, like those negative spaces in a room. Common areas include above kitchen and bathroom cabinets and built-in alcoves along the top of a large room. These areas can be livened up by the presence of a living and breathing houseplant. Consider choosing vines and fast-growing plants for these areas in your home in order to fill the space quickly. Ferns are also a good option to fill these spaces as they require little maintenance in those hard to reach areas of the home.

3. Add Color to Each Room

Potted plants are the best choice to add color to many rooms of your home. Consider breaking apart some larger plants in order to provide enough plants for each indoor area. Something as small as a single succulent placed on a nightstand can make a huge difference in the mood of a room. Add small pots to side tables and dressers while larger varieties can be used as a table centerpiece or along a buffet. You can also add a small potted flower, like begonias or African violets, along windowsills.

4. Create Depth in Corners

You will probably have a few plants outdoors that are too large to be separated into smaller portions. These plants, such as a fiddle leaf or a small palm tree, can be easily placed in a corner to create depth to a room. Make sure that the plant has enough access to sunlight as well as enough space that it won’t be too crowded. Move furniture around in your favorite room to utilize a taller plant that will help to create a peaceful atmosphere. Additional plant varieties that won’t take up too much root space and will utilize vertical space include cacti and bamboo. Placing a large accent plant in the corner of a room will make the room feel bigger and more interesting.

There are plenty of ways to incorporate outdoor plants into the inside areas of your home during the colder seasons of fall and winter. Choose the right plants to bring indoors by knowing where to place them. Consider these essential design tips for houseplants in order to make your home a cozy and peaceful environment during the colder parts of the year.

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