Stylish Houseplants for a Happier Home

Houseplants are having a serious design moment and with good reason! Living plants help purify the air, add personality to your abode, and can even make your space look bigger. Inspiration and tips for curating your own personal houseplant collection are ahead.

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Plants add oxygen to the air and increase our connection with nature, making them a great choice for the home office. To keep your actual desk clear, position potted plants on floating shelves above and around your work area as shown here. A setup like this is surprisingly budget-friendly to put together because you can use itty bitty plants — and those are much cheaper than the big guys. Intersperse a few shiny objects, like a glass terrarium and a metallic vase, to make the whole arrangement pop.

Plant Style FP via Decor8
Plant Style
by Alana Langan and Jacqui Vidal via Decor8

Have an unused fireplace? Fill it with plants! Play up texture by selecting pots in a range of materials, from woven baskets to hand-thrown ceramics. And don’t forget to position a few small potted plants on the mantle — trailing varieties work especially well here.


One of the best parts of bringing in more houseplants is choosing cute planters to put them in. Scoop up anything that catches your eye, from handmade Etsy finds to vintage pots at yard sales. Pots and planters with faces on them make a fun addition — tuck one in among your plain pots to perk things up. And don’t be afraid to buy the pots before you have plants to put in them. You can always swing by a nursery (or even Trader Joe’s) to buy a plant, but if you bring a plant home and don’t have a pot, that’s a problem!

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To make your plants into a focal point, take a cue from this space and paint a dramatic backdrop to play up the greenery. Bold, rich colors really sing in a plant-filled space, so consider deep green, turquoise, or even black. Give your plants some height by using wall-mounted and hanging planters, and setting a few pots on tables and pedestals, or lined up on bookshelves.

Plant Styling Book via Decor8
Plant Style
by Alana Langan and Jacqui Vidal via Decor8

If you have trouble remembering to water your plants, set an alarm on your phone to help you out. And to keep your plants really happy, take a few extra minutes each time you water to dust large leaves with a rag and trim back any overgrown bits with sharp scissors. Once you start adding plants to your home, I think you’ll find that they are the finishing touch you didn’t even realize you were missing.

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Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Oriental Weavers Tommy Bahama Atrium in green and ivory; Kaleen Sea Isle in green; Liora Manne Capri Palm Leaf in blue; KAS Catalina Island Breeze in green and blue.

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