The 411 On Decorating With Indoor Plants

Having plants in your home makes you happier, and healthier--not to mention they can look really beautiful if cared for correctly.
Publish date:
January 30, 2014
elizabeth street, plants, decorating

Research shows that having plants in your home makes you happier, and healthier--not to mention they can look really beautiful if cared for correctly. Whether you opt for a fig tree or a snake plant, there are many ways to display your new-found greenery that won't break the bank or cause a mess with soil and water. See below for our favorite types of indoor trees, vessels to help show them off, and inspiring interiors that do just that.

1. Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees

Fiddle Leaf fig trees are gorgeous indoors. They tend to grow in tall, containable columns, which make them perfect for a smaller space or narrow room with high ceilings. Daily water dosage required.

2. Rubber Trees [pictured above in window alcove photo]

Rubber Trees are durable, tough indoor trees that can stand a good amount of sun. Note: They grow large, rubbery leaves that add a dose of flair to your space.

3. Snake Trees

If you're in need of instant gratification, snake plants grow tall with long leaves that sprout quickly. Plus, the name's pretty cool.

4. Where To Buy

If you live in NYC, GRDN in Brooklyn or the Flower Market in Chelsea are your two best bets for healthy, affordable indoor trees. Check out your local plant and garden supply store first, then head to Lowe's or Home Depot.

5. Vessels

Choosing the right base is key. Once you have your plant, select a basket that is larger in diameter than your plant base (seems obvious, but we've made this mistake before!). Be sure to pick up an extra plant pot or grab a plant tray to line the bottom of your basket. This prevents leaks and protects your basket from soil and water.

6. Basket Beauty

This Oversize Seagrass Basket from West Elm is perfect for housing a large plant.

7. Open Weave Container

Or choose something with color, like this open-weave basket from Crate & Barrel.

8. Splash Of Color

We love these large woven baskets in rainbow hues from Joss & Main.

9. Go Simple

Never underestimate the power of a classic. A terracotta pot on the floor can be simple and stunning all at once.

Reprinted with permission from Elizabeth Street. All photos provided by Elizabeth Street. Want more?

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