id you know that plants and flowers are one of the best go-to item for decorating and staging a home? That’s because they bring personality, a relaxing and light touch to the room, and have air purifying properties. They are also incredibly easy to incorporate into any décor.
Choosing which plants to include is very much individual. There are so many species out there, from fake plants (and some of them look very real!), to real ones. With real ones you must take into account how much maintenance they require (light, shade, water, etc.) while with fake ones take care to not buy ones that look too plastic and cheap.
WHAT KIND OF PLANTS?
There are a few kinds of plants that never go out of style. These are succulents, cactuses, ferns and palm trees. You can also never go wrong with Bamboo and orchids! So if you are not one to stay with the trends and adjust your décor once in a while these are good choices to go with. In general, you want to look for plants that don’t need much sunlight and depending how much care you want to give to your plant take a look at how much water they need and how often. Here are the best plants to have indoors both in terms of care and style (even if they are fake):
- Snake Plant
- Pony Tail Tree
- Chinese Evergreen
- Split-leaf philodendron
- Fiddle Leaf Fig
- Cast-Iron Plant
- Aloe Vera
WARMTH & AIR PURIFYING
Plants give warmth and a welcoming feeling to any room while some, like Ivy, also have air purifying properties and help with allergies. Perfect for those cold winter months! Just a touch of greenery goes a long way in making a room look more cheerful and inviting. If you have a modern or minimalist home and décor a simple orchid on the coffee table works with the style while adding a bit of color and warmth.
REAL VS FAKE
This really is up to you. It also depends on your budget and how much care you can give to your plants. Good artificial plants that look real can be very expensive but will last you a lifetime! For flowers, I recommend buying artificial ones and adding a vase of fresh ones once I a while when they are in season. You can always add a few drops of essential oil on the artificial flower petals to give them an aroma.
I like to buy real when it’s a plant that will last a long time like a cactus, bamboo or succulent because they are very low maintenance or has air purifying qualities like ivy. I’ll then spend a bit more upfront for a good artificial plant that will last.
WHERE TO PLACE THEM
Where are the best places to place plants or flowers?
- Window frames
- An empty corner
- On a desk
- As a center piece on a table (coffee table, dining room table)
- On shelves
- On a dresser
- Kitchen counter (fresh herbs)
- As a division to separate two areas
DO be careful that they don’t obstruct anyone’s path or view! They should also be to scale, meaning larger plants should go on the floor and smaller plants on top of another object. Adding 1-2 plants/flowers to each space in your home is enough to give a face lift. More than that ends up looking a bit too much like a garden.