Are you worried that you won’t be able to create the indoor jungle of your dreams once you get houseplants into your space?
You can design a gorgeous biophilic interior with indoor plants—even if you’ve never done it before—by following a few simple tips!
Read this if you’re ready to decorate with indoor plants but need some inspiration to get started.
If you’ve ever walked into an office decorated with houseplants, you know just how striking an effect indoor plants can create.
On top of refreshing your interior with living décor, having indoor plants in the office is associated with the following proven work benefits:
But before you run to the nursery or shop online to order a ton of plants, read this to get tips on how to best arrange your houseplants once they’re actually in your space!
Use Even Numbers of Plants for Formal Aesthetic, Uneven Numbers for a Boho Feel
When decorating your office with indoor plants, it’s important to determine the effect you’re trying to create.
If you want customers, clients, or your employees to receive a more formal impression from your work environment, arrange the same plant varieties in groups of even numbers. This creates a more uniform and structured experience.
On the other hand, you may want to design a wilder and more creative atmosphere. Placing plants in groups of three tends to generate this effect. Grouping plants in uneven numbers produces the perfectly imbalanced organic ambience.
Experiment with Plant Height
One of the best ways to create a visually captivating experience with your indoor plants is to decorate with plants of varying heights.
Let’s imagine the possibilities.
Say you want to decorate your office lobby. Place a large floor plant like a Fiddle Leaf Fig in direct bright light near your reception desk. Accompany your Fiddle Leaf Fig with a ZZ Plant, an aesthetically striking but smaller floor plant that won’t mind the Fiddle Leaf’s shade. Complete the look by setting a small Jade Pothos on the desk itself, letting the foliage spill out of the planter toward the floor.
Combining indoor plants of varying heights adds a graceful touch to your space. Plus, when you add huge floor plants to your interior, you get the added benefit of enhanced air purification.
Leverage Texture and Color to Compliment Your Furnishings
Is your space highly texturized already? Maybe you already have lots of interesting art on the walls, bright furniture, or patterned area rugs. If that’s the case, you may want to choose indoor plants with large, smooth, single-colored leaves. A large Bird of Paradise or Peace Lily would make the perfect calming additions to your office.
If your interior is more minimalist, you can choose indoor plants with variegated leaves to add a splash of color or uniquely shaped foliage to add texture. A hanging Burros Tail, Calathea Pinstripe, or full-size Bamboo Palm are all stunning plants to energize a plain office.
Let the Leaves Point You in the Right Direction
Your indoor plants will tell you where to place them. Just follow the directions their branches and vines point to!
Philodendron and String of Hearts are two gorgeous plants with downward growing vines. Their beauty is enhanced when they’re placed in hanging planters or on shelves.
Snake Plants and large Dracaena’s feature long, sharp foliage that points upward. Place these productivity boosting plants beneath an interesting painting or wall fixture to lead the eye to the elements you’re most proud of in your space.
Keep Plant Health in Mind
Designing your office space with indoor plants is a fun and relaxing experience, but practicality matters, too. Houseplants make lovely ornaments, but they’re also alive!
Make sure you place your indoor plants in areas that will keep them healthy. Some plants require bright direct light while others are more shade-tolerant. Talk to the helpful, plant-loving experts at your local nursery for guidance.
How did you come up with your biophilic design? Did you work with a professional or decorate the space yourself? Let us know in the comments!