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Decorating with Tall Indoor Plants

Updated on March 15, 2018
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Kenna writes about the care of plants (indoors, outdoors, and in gardens). She wrote an orchid care booklet—a companion piece for workshops.

Plants can be used to make a room look larger. A trick for enlarging a room is to place a Dracaena marginata (Red-edge Dracaena or Madagascar dragon tree) in one corner.

Dracaena

Cost-Effective Decorating

There are several varieties of plants, which 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. Let Mother Nature cast her spell on your living room or den. You can place a pothos on your coffee table and a kentia palm near the window. Magically, your living room looks as if its redecorated.

Kentia Palm

Make a Room Larger

Plants can be used to make a room look larger. A trick for enlarging a room is to place 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.

Plants Camouflage

Tall houseplants can also be used to manage the traffic flow through a room or even make a small room look larger by placing the plants near a window that has greenery outside. Tall plants can also be used to camouflage a “boo-boo” in the wallpaper or a paw print on the floor. They are air cleaner plants because along with looking beautiful, they increase the oxygen in your home while filtering the air.

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Large palms or ficus plants are often used alone or in groupings to serve as the focal point of the room.

Accent Plants

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

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

Ficus

Air Filter Plants

Some designers and homeowners consider houseplants as the “perfect accessory." Plants are ideal fill-ins for problems areas in your room. They also blend in and enhance any style of décor. Most plants are very economical and if properly cared for last for years and even filter the indoor air.

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 just feel better in a home 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 room without live plants. Simply, 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?

Decorating with Indoor Plants Ideas

A Book About 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. Palms have been used for thousands of years as indoor or even tent decorations.

In centuries past, wealthy land owners 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.

Getting the Tall Plant to Your Home

Growing tall indoor plants 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 delivery service. A professional delivery service is the best route to go because they know how to transport tall plants with no or minimal damage to the plant.

6 Foot Plants

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

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

Affordable Plants

Tall plants cost more than smaller plants bit 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?

© 2016 Kenna McHugh

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