Decorating With Plants For Health & Beauty

I have been having fun decorating with plants in my home. I used to have a lot of plants and slowly over time they kind of went by the wayside. (In other words they died!) I decided it was time to bring touches of nature back into the house through living plants.

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 How To Start Decorating With Plants

There are so many ways to start decorating with plants and the variety of choices are plentiful. Houseplants can be tucked into corners and fill in gaps where you need some fresh greenery and texture.  The nice thing with indoor green plants is that they aren’t seasonal, so no matter what the time of year they just work.  You don’t even have to be gifted with a green thumb to keep plants like I do. I keep simple ones that don’t require much work, and wow what a difference they make in our home. I water my plants once a week, and use a basic plant food. I don’t water my succulents that often, but I will tell you more about that in a moment.


 When decorating with plants I love to find interesting pots for my plants.  The pot you use, can make all the difference by varying the texture, color and shape,  My favorite store for plant pots is TJ Maxx, and where I found this cute green one.  I love the way this potted plant adds interest when placed on top of a stack of books on my mantle. I keep it all casual and homey-nothing too formal here.


I also found this fresh blue pot at TJ Maxx, and love the way it works so well to add dimension to my eclectic plate wall collection.


Plants can bring a transition from outside to inside.  Bringing the shades of green found naturally in plants is soothing to the eye and helps our home environment at the same time. The shades of green will match with any other color scheme you have in your home. I love placing plants in a window sill to bring the natural feel from the outside in. Also try rotating and moving your plants around to different places in your home.  When seasons change sometimes a plant can do better in more sun or less depending on the amount of light you have coming into your rooms.

Decorate With Plants for Healthy Reasons

Plants not only add beauty to our home, but we can also get a double benefit from them with health improvements
Plants can…

  • Clean the air pollutants
  • Improve air quality
  • Relieve stress
  • Help us relax
  • Increase our creativity
  • Increase concentration

Succulents In A Wooden Box

 Decorating With Succulents

Succulents are my latest obsession!  You see succulent plants being used all over the place in homes these days.  from, flower arrangements to wedding bouquets.  Succulents are hardy and require very little care, making them a favorite choice for many people. Here are some of mine…decorating-with-succulents

My succulents have taken off, since I planted them.  I bought these two plain glass bowls at Michael’s craft store, and planted my succulents in a cactus potting mix. I added some rocks to the bottom and top of the dirt to help with drainage. It was that simple.

I had a hard time finding enough succulents around here at my local nursery, so I ordered these 20 Gorgeous Succulents in 2″ plastic pots from Amazon, and I was very pleased with the selection they sent me. The plants came in good condition with packing peanuts all around them.

To care for my succulents I only water them once every 2-3 weeks, when the dirt gets dried out.  Succulents are part of the cactus family,and hold a lot of water in their leaves.

House Plants
My largest houseplant is the Peace Lily. (shown below)  The fun of decorating with plants is finding varieties of sizes, shapes and textures, and even some that give you a bloom once in a while.

Larger plants are great for filling in corners of your home.  This Peace Lily produces a pretty white lily continuously and is one of the best rated plants for cleaning the air in your home!


You Can Even Decorate With Artificial Plants

Hopefully I have inspired you to try your hand at decorating with plants, but if you just feel you have a brown thumb then grab some artificial plants.  There are great varieties available at the local big box stores that look so real and look fantastic without the extra care.  I mix in artificial ones alongside my real ones without any guilt!

decorating with plants This post was first published back in 2013, and has now been revised and updated…

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  1. says

    I love having live plants in the house, Denise. One of my planters isn’t doing too well, so I’m afraid it’s about to “go by the wayside.” Great ideas for decorating!

    • says

      Oh sounds like maybe you are ready for a new plant or two Meghan? I have had to do that before. Just getting some new varieties seems to freshen everything up.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. says

    I need to replenish my plant collection, only have two at the moment. I had Spider plant for several years before it went by the wayside. Time to replace it. I like the idea of watering on a specific day, that’s my problem I forget to water, and they die of starvation, or over-water which drowns them. Love putting them outside in the summer, but if I don’t bring them in quick enough a freeze will get them. See? I have multiple ways to send plants on their way. :-) You have encouraged me to replenish and try again. Thanks.

  3. says

    Oh Denise! This is wonderful. I was really wanting to get some succulents going in the next couple of weeks and this is just what I need to get started. Thank you for sharing today over at Better Mom.

  4. Lisa says

    We have a well and have to have a water softener. Any tips on helping to water my plants? I have 2 spider plants and 1 mother inlaws tongue.

    I love this post, makes me wajt to get more plants. :)


    • says

      I am not sure about water softeners. I have a well too, but not the softener, I wouldn’t know without asking at my local Nursery, or researching it online.

  5. Sherry says

    I love house plants. I don’t need them for decorating because my house is so small, there are no room for decorations of any kind.. However, we want and need to improve the quality of air in our home. Problem is, I only have one window, over the sink, that gets enough light for plants. I keep african violets there and they do well with the morning sun that is available. The other rooms are all too dark for any plants I’ve tried. Our big beautiful oak in the front yard keeps the living room in the shade. Nice for the electric bill but not for the plants :(. Any ideas for plants that need almost NO light?

  6. says

    Denise, I just tuned in I love your site. Thanks for the suggestions especially about
    the vinagar!!!! I too love house plants altho i dont have many I try and get differant ones now an then. Thank you!

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