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Magic plant styling for inside your home | Easy design tips 2020

Magic plant styling for inside your home | Easy design tips 2020

Here’s the first question we’re asked when plant styling is new to you, or it doesn’t come naturally.

“I’ve shopped for my plants online and potted them up with a premium free-draining potting mix, a pot with a hole, so now tell me where do I put them?”

Don’t worry, we’re here to help create that unicorn magic with basic styling principles to help you throw plants around your home like no-one is watching.

How Much Light Is There?

Firstly, we want you to think about the space and light your room receives. Does it have full sun, filtered light, or does it tend to lend on the darker side of things?

Every plant needs some form of light to grow and the perfect light is non-direct filtered light. All plants love this. Bright, direct sunlight will burn foliage and many plants aren’t keen on the dark side. You need somewhere in the middle. If you're still unsure of what light levels your space is receiving you can use lighting apps like Plant Light which measures the light levels for less than the price of a triple baked almond croissant. 

Now go check out your room and start plant shopping online. Shop packs for the perfect set up. Choose ‘Dark Matters’ for darker spaces if your room is shady, or succulent mixes to cope with full sun areas. 

Place That Plant

Once you’ve worked out how much light your room gets and shopped your perfect plant pack then it’s all about placement honey.

Plants soften your space by adding texture and colour. Think about plants like they’re a decor piece only better because they add life and bring natural purities into your home.

Here are some examples:

Living Room

A big leafed Ficus lyrata might just be the thing the corner spot of your open-plan living area is crying out for. Add a cluster of tall and small pots around him to fill up space and create interesting height differences. 

Dining Room

How about a simple peperomia scandens in a ceramic pot spilling dramatically all over your dining table as the centrepiece so everyone oohs and ahhs as they enter. She really sets the scene. She's a water storer so she'll last a few days without water if you forget.


Your kitchen shelf would love a draping low maintenance Pothos – that’s Devils Ivy- she hooks up with a new Philodendron cordatum. All aboard the foliage train.

A Plant Shelfie

And while we’re on the subject, shelves are great for plants. You can put pretty much anything on them and that’s the fun part. Get up a shelf or ten, add a few trailing plants and you’re in another plant dimension.

It’s really hard to over-clutter plants on a shelf so just go for it. A plant shelfie really is the beginner's place to start when decorating with plants.

Oh, and if you have pets then a plant shelfie is the way to go because they keep your babes out of reach - or you can shop our pet-friendly non-toxic plant packs if you’re worried about your furry friends.

Choosing Your Pots and Planters

Practical stuff now!

Choose planters that are low maintenance. They should be free draining (pot has a hole in it) and easy to take in and out to water. Or you could grab a magic self-watering pot that’ll bring water up to the roots regularly, allowing the plant to just take what he needs.

If you’re really time poor then check out our online easy-care packs and team them with self- watering pots. You can still have plants if you’re busy – actually, you probably need them to help balance out your stress-filled life.

A too-large pot, soil dries slowly, making your plant more susceptible to root rot. When a plant is too big for its pot, it also has a tendency to tip over. In a too-small pot, soil dries so quickly that you'll be challenged to water frequently enough. Your plant could become root-bound and exhibit stunted growth.

So ideally, you will want to shift to a pot 2-4 inches larger in diameter. Select the larger size pot for plants that grow quickly. For slow growers, a pot that's 1-2 inches larger works well.

Bear in mind that a plant will grow to the size of your pot, so if you want to keep ‘em on the small size choose petite plants or a smaller size container.

Colour Me Up

Take inspiration from your room colours when picking the right pot for your plant.

Mix print and patterns together and kick it back with lush foliage for a modern vintage effect, otherwise, the use of black, white and neutral tones are a safe bet. We don’t think you can beat a lush green plant in a white pot backing a white wall – it’s so crisp and full of life.

Then there’s the old faithful terracotta pot (just watch these as the soil tends to dry out a lot faster the perfect choice for plants that like dry or well-aerated soil, including cacti, succulents, orchids and bromeliads.

You can pop them in a basket which is a great textured plant cover and you can still take your plant in and out to water. 

Space Saving Plant Styling Ideas

Plant stands, hanging plants, and macramé planters are a great way to add multiple varieties to your home without taking up too much floor space.

Now grab a stool or sand back that old timber stump. Pop your plant on top - you’re getting thrifty now.

Plant Groupies - We Love you!

Groupies look good in odd numbers, so three pots or five pots and so on. It just works, who knows why. If you can’t cope with odd numbers and need those even digits just mix up different sized pots.

Grouping plants adds the wow factor. A mass of foliage is a talking point and it makes you feel good.

For a minimal look pick three plant varieties of different heights and three coloured pots. Three varieties of large, medium and small foliage types create a rhythm that people can’t stop staring at. So, so soothing.

Just Be Yourself

So that’s our take on styling your online plants, but if you like unicorn magic just go with whatever tickles your fancy because at the end of the day everyone has their own take on style.

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