Decorating with Houseplants

Winter is a great time to add plants to your home. Being cooped up when the weather is cold and days are shorter, a bit of greenery in your home is sure to brighten your mood. I’m making it a goal in 2018 to start decorating with houseplants in every room.

Add a plant to a room decorated in neutrals and it instantly comes to life.

Farmhouse living roomPhoto by Historical Concepts


Architectural urns are a great way to show off your plants. Add a large botanical print on the wall to enhance the look of nature indoors.

Decorating with HouseplantsPhoto by Lauren Liess Interiors


Tall houseplants lend a bit of architecture to living spaces. And this sunroom certainly has plenty of natural light for growing healthy plants.

Traditional SunroomPhoto by Milestone Building Pty Ltd


Decorating with houseplants is also a great way to purify the air. It’s a known fact that plants filter indoor air.

Eclectic Family RoomPhoto by Rikki Snyder


If you don’t have a green thumb, try your hand with a Boston fern like the one tucked in the corner of this pretty dining room. Ferns are fairly easy to grow and look soft and elegant.

Traditional Dining RoomPhoto by Milestone Building Pty Ltd


Houseplants that enjoy high humidity will thrive in a bathroom! During the winter, it’s a good idea to fill your bathtub with steamy water and let your plants sit in the room with the door closed for a while. They’ll enjoy their steam bath after sitting in rooms with dry air from central heating.

Farmhouse BathroomPhoto by Hinkley Lighting


Since the house is closed up during the winter months, the leaves on your plants might get dusty. Wipe their leaves from time to time so they’ll remain healthy year-round.

Eclectic BathroomPhoto by Logan Killen Interiors


Pothos is the perfect plant for brown-thumb people! This plant is hard to kill unless you neglect it entirely. But if you forget to water on occasion, a pothos is likely to survive anyway – just don’t let it go for weeks without water. It looks cute here in a small window.

Craftsman Home OfficePhoto by Sarah Greenman


Fiddle leaf figs are super popular right now and it’s no wonder. They really make a statement in a room – but they can be a bit finicky so you might want to start with a small one first.

Beach Style StaircasePhoto by Bliss Home & Design

Transitional BathroomPhoto by Burnham Design


Topiary plants are one of my faves! I love their structural design. They’re perfect for flanking a kitchen window or balancing both ends of a mantel.

Traditional Kitchen with Topiary Photo by Fiorella Design


Succulents are another great choice for the non-gardening type. These aloe houseplants look cozy in their textured containers.

Mid-Century Home Office with Aloe PlantsPhoto by Lola Nova


If you desire a bit of color, you can often find flowering plants mixed with ordinary houseplants in containers at the store. If you don’t find what you like, you can always ask the florist to make something for you!

Eclectic KitchenPhoto by Ryland Peters & Small | CICO Books

Decorating with houseplants is a sure-fire way to lift your spirits and add colorful texture to your rooms. Not to mention the health benefits that plants provide by purifying the indoor air! What types of plants do you like to grow?

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  1. I love indoor plants whose fronds/leaves move, such as a palm or a fern. I am also fond of small succulents for windowsills. My problem is that in the winter, my ceiling heat registers – and in the summer, the air conditioning – do not do plants that I place near my nice bright windows any favors. I do have skylights in my living room which allow me to have plants away from the windows and the vents, so those locations are where any plants normally reside. I’m much better at cultivating outdoor plants, so in the summer, I am a happy camper. Healthy and pretty indoor plants are, for me, a lot of work and worry.

  2. People don’t seem to do as much with houseplants as say, in the 70’s. They are definitely good for the air quality. The only one I have now is a small ficus. It was meant to be a bonzai but said “hey, I can’t be forced into another shape!”. It loves tea so I brew a cup and let it cool before giving it a drink. Have a good weekend. It is brrrr cold again here but on the bright side, the sun is shining. Howd’ya like that seque? *wink*

  3. i have a few small ones, two ferns,three aloes in my windows but it is nice to have some greenery in the house ,thanks Jennifer.

  4. I always shop for new plants after Christmas. My house feels kinda naked after taking down the holiday decor. Makes everything feel new again & look towards Spring!

  5. My favorite plant is the large geranium, blooming with a mass of red flowers, in my east window. Hope everyone knows to talk to your plants.

  6. I absolutely love this site. The homes and interiors are beautiful. Loads of ideas. It is the best. Many thanks.