5 Essential Design Tips for Houseplants

Reader Contribution by Cat Murphy
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Incorporating nature to the interior of your home is essential for those wanting to create a peaceful and replenishing space. There are many houseplants that homeowners use to infuse an essence of nature into the overall look within their home. Check out these must try design tips for cultivating a flourishing array of houseplants throughout your home.

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1. Macrame Hangers

These cloth plant hangers are making a comeback in home interiors. Not only are they a great spot for plants but also offer the ability to maximize the use of vertical space within the home. Macramé hangers can come in a wide variety of styles, colors, and fabrics and are a great addition to any home or patio that is tight on space. Virtually any potted plant that won’t get too tall can be placed in a macramé hanger. Good options include succulents, ferns, and plants that cascade or have vines.

2. Fast-Growing Plants

Knowing your plant varieties is important when bringing plants inside your home. Fast growing plants need a lot of space and should be carefully monitored to make sure that they aren’t impeding on other plant’s share of light. Most fast growing plants, like aloe, enjoy full sunlight near a window while others only need a small amount of sunlight to grow well. Make sure that your fast-growing plant is placed in an area that is not only big enough for them but also in a planter that will adequately hold the full size of the plant once it matures.

3. Vine Plants

Indoor houseplants that have vines are great for adding vertical interest to a home. One of the most popular spots for a vine plant is in the small amount of dead space on top of kitchen cabinets. Vine plants flourish when they are placed near the end of the cabinets and have the chance to hang down without being in the way. Other good options for vine plants include any high areas of your home that get a fair amount of sunlight and offer enough space for the vines to grow and cascade down towards the living area. Consider training vines that are getting out of hand with tie downs in order to teach the plant where to grow.


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4. Potted Plants

Any kind of plant in a pot is a great addition to a home. Consider placing more large potted plants near walkways or outside doors to bring elements of nature as a point of interest into the home. You can also incorporate nature by using smaller potted plants on top of counters, in window sills, or as decoration in bathrooms. There are many types of plants that don’t need a lot of maintenance, like succulents, which make them a great option to have within a busy home. Make sure that potted plants have a drain pan though to ensure that your indoor flooring and countertops stay dry.

5. Larger Trees

Indoor plants that are on the larger size create dramatic and instant interest inside a home. The amount of fresh color that a large potted tree adds to a home is breathtaking. Consider placing larger trees like fiddle leaf or palm trees in areas where they can grow vertically without being in the way. Good options for placement include corners of rooms, entryways, or near other pieces of tall furniture that will complement the tree’s overall height. Allow a large tree enough room to grow and flourish and be sure to trim the tree if it becomes too large for the space. Other options would include moving the tree to a new spot inside in order to let it grow, as well.

Bringing nature indoors is a great way to increase spatial qualities of air circulation as well as color and interest to a home. Consider these essential design tips when considering adding houseplants to your home.


Cat Murphy is a gardening and landscaping writer, and outdoor extraordinaire. She enjoys cooking for family and friends and going on long hikes anywhere and everywhere in nature.