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Interior Landscaping (plant styling)

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Have you ever heard of the term biophilia hypothesis? Edward O. Wilson introduced the theory in his book, Biophilia.  The word “biophilia” means “love of life or living systems.” It refers to the innate tendency of human beings to seek out connections with nature and other living things as a result of evolution.

We are seeing this more and more due to our technological advancements and more time being spent inside buildings and cars. It is argued that the lack of time spent in nature may be strengthening our disconnect from nature. Do you ever feel at times that the deeper we delve into technology, the more we crave connection, whether it be with humans, animals, or houseplants?! I sense it for sure. I shared over (here) how and why I got into houseplants, which seems to fit in with what I am sharing here.

Houseplants look great and are a budget-friendly home decor option! Plants are like living art and bring natural character to any space, and there are endless creative possibilities when it comes to decorating with plants. Adding houseplants to almost any room in your home can make the room appear bigger, warmer, and more inviting.

For the most part, interior landscaping is just what it says it is – a way of crafting and curating the inside of the structures that we live and work in so that they are comfortable and pleasing to us visually as well as physically… with houseplants. Without even being aware, you have already been sneaking nature into your home through; wood (flooring, furniture, cutting boards, etc.), stone (tiles, countertops, flooring, fireplace hearths, etc.) So why not add something a bit more free-flowing and organic? Ready? Let’s go!

How I Approach Decorating

Home interior design is a PASSION of mine; it’s right up there with developing healthy recipes. With some experience under my belt, I can now add Interior Landscaping to my list! Here are some tricks that I use when designing a room. I wasn’t taught any of these things; they just came naturally to me when I started decorating as a little girl. I use the following techniques when I decorate or design ANY space.  In fact, this is so built into me that I do this in every home or store I visit. here are a few photos from the living room, dining room, and sunroom to give you a taste of my style (at the moment, haha).

Furniture Placement

Color Placement

Decor Tips

Placement – location location location.

First and foremost, never force a plant to be in a place where it doesn’t belong. If they are artificial plants, that’s another story, but real plants have specific needs to thrive. The health of a plant is more important than what is just pleasing to the eye. So let’s talk about placement. We will be talking about lighting, temperature, and other important things.

Lighting (natural and electric)

Proper indoor lighting is just one of the requirements as it gives plants the energy they need to grow, thrive, even to stay alive. Too much or too little light can quickly stress a plant, which makes them more prone to disease, pests, and premature death. Fortunately, most plants come labeled with information about their sunlight preferences, so that takes part of the guessing game out of it. However, finding optimal lighting for your plant can take some trial and error, so you’ll have to monitor it closely.

Often you will hear people say, “Place the plant in a north, south, west, or east-facing window.” Does it matter? It does because each direction offers a different intensity of light. But when it comes to window light, other things come into play. Do you have curtains on the windows? Do they stay open or closed? Are there trees outside of the house windows that block the incoming sun? Let’s go over how direct, bright, low, and shady light can look.

Bright Light Location (direct sun)

Indirect Light Location

Low Light  (partially shaded) Location

Shady Location

Fluorescent Lighting

Temperature Requirements

Once you understand the lighting requirements of your plants, you will need to assess the temperature of different rooms or spaces. Plants don’t like to be exposed to hot or cold drafts. Take the following into consideration:

Watering Requirements when Decorating

Just like plants need the appropriate lighting, they need water! I am not going to be chatting about how to water much or often to water your plants. I just wanted to point out that when decorating with houseplants, you need to consider watering. If you add plants to every room of your house, you will need to visit each room to water them.

When I water plants, I bring them to the sink because I use this time to inspect my plants, prune them, feed them, and water them. This is my routine; do what works best for you. But keep in mind how far you need to travel throughout the house when watering plants. If they are tucked in rooms that you don’t use all that often, will you forget to water them? Basically, that’s my point here.

Plants love to be Grouped!

The beauty of plant styling is that they can be small enough to accent a tiny desk or small, open shelving, or they can be large enough to command floor space of their own. Like most humans, plants like to be around others! Plus, plants tend to look better when grouped, typically in groupings of three plants or more. Not only is the grouping of plants aesthetically pleasing, but it is also beneficial to the life of your plant. For example, I have 25 plants on one wall. I call it my Living Wall. Those plants are always so darn happy! I swear they have created their own eco-system. Here are some ideas that you can test out.

Decorative Pots and Bases

Plants alone can set the stage, but pots pull them all together. Look for containers that complement your interior decor, and that also fits your lifestyle. Size, shape, color, and texture! On the main floor of our house, my accent colors are green and white. Green coming from the plants and white coming from the cover pots, toss pillows, throws, and rugs. When we did our purging (as mentioned above), we got rid of our nick-nacks. They collected dust and made things cluttered. I turned my love for plants into my decor.

Cover Pots

Mobile or Rotating Plant Bases

If you have a lazy susan in your kitchen that you don’t use much, you might want to up-cycle it as a plant tool for your houseplants. As you may or may not know, it’s always a good idea to rotate your plants.

By doing this, it prevents them from being lopsided as they reach for the sun.  I had a bunch of lazy susans from a project years ago. I thought about getting rid of them so many times, but once I got into houseplants, I found that they work amazingly for rotating my plants. Here are a few things that I do:

Caution – Those with Pets and Children

If you have pets or children, many plants need to be kept up off the floor and out of reach due to being poisonous if ingested. Be sure to research the plants that you have in your home to see their threat level. I almost sound like a CIA agent there… threat level! Haha But on a serious note, keep those little ones safe!

I hope you found this helpful. Please leave a comment below but most of all… have a blessed day. amie sue

4 thoughts on “Interior Landscaping (plant styling)

  1. Sara Mastrangelo says:

    It has been a long time since I lived w/plants. Your suggestions have brought back many good many good memories, and I think I will again bring back that beautiful green color back into my home. Thank you.

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Sara,

      I am happy to hear that I have inspired you to bring plants back into your home. I can’t imagine my home without them now. There have been times when I have removed all plants from a room to do a deep clean and possible rearranging of furniture… it looks so WEIRD, lifeless, and empty without them. Enjoy the process! blessings, amie sue

  2. Cyrene says:

    Your home is beautiful and your plants love it as much as I do. Thank you for taking us into your space and your world.

    Thank you also for the most complete and thorough information on your houseplants. Of course, your raw creations are second to none. You do everything with style and class.

    I look forward to receiving more features on your greens.

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you, Cyrene for the warm and sweet comment. I put my heart into everything I do and I am overjoyed that it shines through. :) Do you enjoy houseplants as well? Have a blessed evening, amie sue

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