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10 Creative Ways to Show Off Your Indoor Plants

10 Creative Ways to Show Off Your Indoor Plants

No doubt you’ve gotten inspired by all the insanely good houseplant images you’ve spotted over on Instagram or Pinterest lately—we know we have! So, although all houseplants are great houseplants, what do you say we up our game a bit? There’s more you can do to show them off and flex your creativity muscle, so let’s do it!

10 Creative Ways to Show Off Your Indoor Plants

And because we like you a lot, we’re giving you 10 cool ways to amp up your indoor plants, not just a few!

  1. Display on dedicated wooden shelves: One of the easiest and most dramatic ways to show off your indoor plants is to give them their own wall. Install long wooden shelves in your living/dining/bedroom and line up your houseplants in coordinating containers.

  2. Use all the dimensional planes in your room: Plants on tabletops or shelves are a start, but don’t forget hanging plants, larger plants on the floor, and plant containers mounted to the wall! Now you’ve got both horizontal and vertical spaces covered, and your houseplant display looks infinitely more lush and dimensional.

  3. Repurpose items for display: We love this one and give it extra creativity points.  Repurpose items for displaying, like an old wooden ladder, a vintage sugar mold down the center of your dining room table, or a rusty low stock tank (they come in tons of sizes and shapes).

  4. Place plants above your headboard: Someone on our team (cough*Jenny*cough) wanted to put houseplants above the headboard in her bedroom, and her husband put up a fuss. “How do you water them? That’s totally impractical.” No, it’s not. Just remove them, water, let drain, and put them back. If your headboard is tall, you can mount a houseplant ledge up high enough so your head doesn’t hit them, or hang them from the ceiling. (And if your money was on Jenny winning that disagreement, you’d be right.)

  5. Create a collection: We recently spotted (and shared!) an image of a sansevieria collection over on Instagram (be sure to follow us over there!). This person collected all varieties of sansevieria and grouped them together to show them off. If you have any kind of collection (ferns, orchids, air plants, whatever), don’t scatter them around the room! Display them together for impact.

  6. Coordinate your containers: Try all-white containers, but don’t match them. Add variety with the sizes, shapes, and textures. Or blend gray, white, and terracotta (that seems to be a trendy color scheme right now). Or go full-on eclectic and use whatever planters speak to you.

  7. Add topdressings: Oooh, we like this one, too. Go take a look at your houseplants—can you see bare soil in every container? Then cover it up. Use aquarium gravel, polished river rock, or textural moss. It looks gorgeous and professional and finishes off your plantings perfectly.

  8. Take advantage of any loft space you have: If you have a 2-story home, look up and scout out places for trailing plants to be placed. Plants like these tend to be displayed in hanging planters, but if you have the right type of space, you can line these babies up along a railing so they spill and tumble into the space below. If you do this, go big or stay home—no sticking one measly plant up there and calling it good. We’re talking a curtain of trailing plants here, y’all.

  9. Go dramatic with jumbo leaves: Or jumbo plants. Park a tall indoor tree in the corner of your living room, or add a monstera with oversized leaves for in-your-face impact. Repeat after us: If it’s big, buy it.

  10. Create a living wall: There are tons of planters that affix directly to the wall. Buy them. Install them close together and plant them with a jungle of lush or trailing plants. Soon enough, your wall will be solid green. Pro tip: You’ll need a number of these planters to cover the space, but consider installing them in a checkerboard pattern so plants fill in more quickly.


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