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10 Ways to Add Tall Indoor Plants to Your Home

Updated on August 24, 2023
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Kenna loves helping others take care of plants, both indoors and out. She wrote an orchid care booklet—a companion piece for workshops.


Tall plants add dimension to the space.
Tall plants add dimension to the space.

Houseplants Decorate a Room

Several tall plants thrive indoors and cost much less than a new piece of furniture or even a new pair of drapes. Houseplants can make a home feel lived in and give it a comfortable, inviting feeling. I tell my friends to let Mother Nature cast her spell on their home.

Kentia Palm

Palms are majestic plants that add comfort to your indoors.
Palms are majestic plants that add comfort to your indoors.

1. Balance

You can balance a room using a small plant to offset a tall plant. You place a pothos (not too big) on your coffee table and a kentia palm (tall) near the window. Magically, your living room looks as if it's expanded and you redecorated.

“Plants do not speak, but their silence is alive with change.”

— ― May Sarton, "Plant Dreaming Deep"

2. Make a Room Larger

Plants placed in the right location can make a room look larger. A trick for enlarging a room is establishing a Dracaena marginata (Red-edge Dracaena or Madagascar dragon tree) in one corner.

By emphasizing its tall, graceful leaves with a small light at floor level facing upward, you have given the impression that the ceiling is “miles” away and that your room is huge.

Another trick is where tall plants can make a small room look larger by placing the plants near a window with greenery visibly outside.

3. Natural Barriers

Tall houseplants can also manage the traffic flow through a room. Strategically placing a tall plant near an area off-limits, like a hallway or formal dining room, will guide the flow of people in the right direction. The tall plant acts as a natural living barrier, and people don't even notice the "off-limits."

“Your intuitive powers increase when you are with plants because your mind is silenced and you become more aware in the present moment.”

— ― Sanchita Pandey, "Lessons from My Garden"

4. Camouflage

You have company coming, and you don't have time to paint the interior or clean the carpets. The solution is a tall plant. A tall plant placed strategically will camouflage a "boo-boo" in the wallpaper or a paw print on the floor. A robust, tall plant hides any wear and tear flaw.

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5. Accent Houseplants

Good interior designers say each room needs a center of attention that draws the eye "to something" or "away from something." Tall houseplants serve this purpose very nicely. Large palms or ficus plants alone or in groupings serve as the room's focal point.

The beautiful thing about these botanical focal points is that they are renewable and moderately priced. Besides, houseplants add texture and natural color to rooms. You can place a lush ficus tree near a dark brown staircase in a pastel container. The greenery and light-colored container draw one's attention from the dark stairway.


Add tall plants to help balance your interiors.
Add tall plants to help balance your interiors.

6. Perfect Accessory

Some designers and homeowners consider houseplants as the "perfect accessory." Plants are ideal fill-ins for problem areas in your room. They also blend in and enhance any style of décor.

Decorating with tall indoor plants is a reasonable and easy way of adding more beauty to your home. Research shows having houseplants in your home is physiologically beneficial by cleaning the air. Some people feel better in a house filled with living plants. Houseplants can make a home feel lived in and give it a comfortable, inviting feeling.

Anyone can test the accuracy of feeling better in a room of live plants versus in a space without plants. Visit a nursery and see how it feels to experience their indoor plants. Then, go somewhere indoors without indoor plants. Do you notice the difference?

7. Exotic Plants

You don't need a book about plants to add any plant to a room. The task is simple and only takes a couple of hours.

You can add an exotic palm to your bedroom. You can add an exotic palm to your bedroom. For thousands of years, people used these plants indoors or even tent decorations.

In centuries past, wealthy landowners would send botanists to the far reaches of the earth to find the perfect type of exotic plant, which would serve as the focal point of the entire home. Most often, the agent would return with a palm of some kind.

Thankfully today, a simple trip to a plant store is all that is needed to add an exotic, tropical feeling to any room in the house.

8. Getting the Tall Plant to Your Home

Growing a tall indoor plant in your home is not as complicated as it might seem. The only hurdle is getting the tall plant from the nursery to your home.

Most nurseries offer a delivery service. Professional delivery service is the best way to go because they know how to transport tall plants with minimal damage.

9. How Tall of a Plant

How tall do you want your plant to be? That depends on how high your ceiling is. You will need to measure from top to bottom. You take those measurements with you to the nursery. The staff will help you determine how tall your plant can be in your room. You will also need to consider the container's size.

A 6-foot plant might be too short if you have a vaulted ceiling. With a 7-foot ceiling, a 6-foot plant will balance well in the room. Make sure the container is the correct size.

10. Natural Air Filters

Strategically placing your plants within your interior creates an ideal environment where you and your family live happily. But it is also healthy—added to the fact that most plants are economical and, if properly cared for, last for years and even filter the indoor air. They are air-cleaning plants because, along with looking beautiful, they increase the oxygen in your home while purifying the air.

“Plants are solar-powered air purifiers whose filter never needs replacing.”

— ― Khang Kijarro Nguyen

Comfort and Space

Tall plants cost more than smaller plants; however, they are an affordable way to redecorate your home.

Once you have added your tall houseplants to your home, notice the positive changes. Do you feel more comfortable? Is the home more inviting?

All in all, approach decorating with indoor plants as a creative endeavor, adding a glow of life to your indoors.

© 2016 Kenna McHugh


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