Packing and moving can be very stressful, but decorating a new living space with houseplants is one of the best parts about getting settled in a new place. Bringing a bit of nature into your home environment can provide all kinds of subtle benefits. That doesn’t mean you have a plan for every plant, windowsill, shelf, and side table. You probably don’t know where the rest of your home décor and knick-knacks are going yet, either. We can’t answer every question without knowing the peculiarities of your home and houseplant preferences, but we can help you brainstorm ideas and formulate a plan for how to decorate a living space with houseplants.
Evaluate Your Windows and Natural Light
This is an obvious one, but there’s likely more to it than you realize at first. The biggest factor is cardinal direction. West and south-facing windows are best for plants that like lots of direct sunlight. East-facing windows provide moderately direct sunlight in the morning hours. North-facing windows are best for plants that like indirect light. You will also want to evaluate any obstructions outside the residence. If you live in an area with higher density homes, are there adjacent homes or tall buildings that will block the light during key times of the day? Are there nearby trees or taller shrubs that will filter how much natural light enters the window? Finally, consider the depth of your windowsill and any window coverings you may have planned. Will this further reduce the plant’s exposure to direct sunlight? If you have a passion for houseplants and really like a new living space except for the lack of natural light, the solution may be indoor grow lights. Even a quick assessment should provide plenty of information to choose among low, indirect, and full-sun houseplants.
Pick Your Spots and Match with Home Décor
Unless you prefer to live in a botanical garden, houseplants will only be one part of decorating your home. Plants need to work well with, or least not clash with, the surrounding décor. Consider whether the space is best suited for a small, medium, or large houseplant. Plants with sprawling growth patterns may quickly obstruct the view of nearby knick-knacks. Other plants may need plenty of space to grow vertically. You want houseplants that adequately fill out their space without creating a cluttered look. The color scheme may also be a consideration when choosing decorative pots and flowering plants. You can find even more tips about picking houseplants to match your home décor with this guide from Architectural Digest.
Set a Budget and Know the Costs
Houseplants are not be terribly expensive, especially compared to most other types of home decorating. Still, there are the pots and other plant care costs. Plus, some types of houseplants can be a little pricey if they are rare, large, or hard to grow. In our experience, the best plan to decorate a new living space with houseplants may involve splurging in a few select spots, while finding creative, low-budget solutions for other areas. You might end up paying well over a hundred dollars for a large jade, a well-trained bonsai, or some other showstopper-type houseplant. But you can also ask around to friends, neighbors, and community forums. Many people with green thumbs like to propagate and giveaway houseplants with new growth. You can find small, cute pots for $5-$10 at discount stores. You might easily spend over a hundred dollars for a larger, ornately decorated pot.
Don’t Worry, Start Finding Houseplants and Be Happy
It’s a good idea to do some preliminary research, but houseplants are living things; and like all living things, they can be quite unpredictable. Don’t let the sheer number of options introduce an element of stress. There is no one right answer. After a while, you may find yourself wishing you had even more plants or else culling your collection to make room for other decorations, houseplants or otherwise. Thus, our final tip for decorating your living space with houseplants is to start looking, pick out some plants, and see what happens. More than likely, your new home environment will be the better for it.