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Decorating with Tall Indoor Plants

Updated on October 23, 2017
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Kenna writes about the care of plants indoors, outdoors, and in gardens. She wrote an Orchid Care booklet as a companion piece for workshops


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.

Graceful Leaves

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.


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. Plus, along with looking beautiful, they add to the oxygen content of your home.

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Kentia Palm

Focal Point

Good interior design practices 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 great thing about these botanical focal points is that they are renewable and moderately priced. In addition, houseplants add texture and natural color to rooms.


Add More Beauty

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.

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. 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

Decorating with Indoor Plants Ideas

Any Room

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.


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