Flora and Decor(a)! Adding house plants to your home

We’ve got big feels for house plants over here- and for good reason! They’re the accessible, affordable, mood-lifting-and-brightening addition to your home that never gets old. There’s something undeniably cheerful (and often comforting) about having some green-life hanging around. Whether you’re a long time plant lover or just thinking about making the leap into plant-hood, one thing is for certain- plant people are on to something, and today we’ll dive into why and how those loveable green babies can add so much to your space.

Love at First Sprout

Interestingly, it turns out that the age-old human affinity for flora is more than just preference. That little succulent on the counter or windowsill herb garden could be doing much more than you think. In fact, there’s a whole field of study devoted to the science behind “biophilic design”, which means, how greenery and natural elements in our spaces positively impact our minds (read a bit about it here!). No doubt you’ve also heard the old adage “dirt therapy”, the long-time catch phrase born out of the happiness that comes from caring for plant life. Folklore? Maybe not- there’s some pretty fascinating data for this as well. But regardless of the underlying reason, bringing the outside in is a great way to add beauty and vibrancy to any room.

Follow the Light

With a few exceptions, most indoor plants still need a LOT of light- usually more than we might think. There’s nothing more demoralizing than bringing home that beautiful plant baby…and seeing it meet its unfortunate demise within a week. So to keep them healthy and happy, a good way to start is to take a big-picture look at your space and see where the light is. If possible, arrange it so that plants can be right next to a window that gets direct sunlight for at least half of the day. If you’re looking for a plant to go specifically in a lower-light spot, consider the zz plant or a spider plant, which have a much better track record away from direct sun. Also, be open to letting the plants travel a bit- i.e., maybe that plant hangs out on your desk some days, and then it spends a couple of days right by your sun-drenched patio door. Just like us- the flora can also enjoy variety and a change of scenery.

Shape it Up

Although greenery looks good most anywhere, you can get the most design bang-for-your-buck by choosing size, shape, and texture with intention. A beautiful floor planter paired with a taller plant can fit well beside a seating area or alongside a taller piece of furniture (like a buffet). Have an entryway table or other blank surface that needs a welcoming touch? Small plants in artful containers bring lots of charm when cozied-up with other unique pieces in an arrangement. You can also add an element of eye-pleasing contrast by choosing plants with a straighter, more angular profile paired with softer shapes and textures in the surrounding items. Don’t stress too much about the pot- if, in doubt, a clean white ceramic pot or some simple terra cotta containers will do the trick, while letting that lovely green-life steal the show.

Friends in High Places

We share the philosophy around here that plants need not be exclusive to the sunroom or the windowsill. Greenery can be especially impactful when it’s placed creatively. Modern, geometric containers and tiered plant stands can add a new twist to the aesthetic. Or, consider placing your plant somewhere unexpected- we’ve been known to green-it-up with plant friends hanging out on high shelves, in bathrooms, and even on shower ledges. If you’re feeling especially sprightly, putting up some unique hanging planters with a fast-growing trailer like a pathos plant is a fantastic way to instantly spruce up a dull corner or an uninspired wall.

It’s all Green to me

There’s no need to feel like you’ve got to know it all to get some houseplants- there are a ton of good resources available to help. We are fortunate here at CFD to have our own resident horticulture expert and plant lady-extraordinaire Ryan, who keeps us on the straight and narrow when it comes to the care and keeping of our flora friends. Connecting with a local nursery where you can ask questions or get advice can go a long way to helping you get the right plant for your needs. Bringing a bit of the outside in is a decorative standby that has truly stood the test of time, and making your home a plant home can be a simple, happy way to enliven and enjoy your space.

Looking for a bit more help? You can always reach us at hello@catfrenchdesign.com! Or, view our brief new client questionnaire here. Want to keep checking things out? See even more images from past CFD projects on our Portfolio Page!