Small potted plants on a wooden windowsill

Ideas for Decorating with Living Greenery

A growing awareness of the environment and the health benefits of plants means incorporating greenery into interiors is growing in popularity in both town and country homes! With a huge variety of species that will tolerate living indoors, the possibilities for incorporating plants into your scheme are endless.

The Benefits of Incorporating Greenery in Your Home


Bringing living plants and flowers into your interior can provide an instant burst of colour for any space. Our article on how colour in your home can affect your mood reveals the effects that different colours can have on our minds.


Introducing a touch of greenery into your home interior is excellent for creating a focal point in a space. You can add form and texture to an interior design scheme by incorporating plants of varying size, structure and shape.

Foliage can break-up and soften straight lines. A collection of succulents adds interest to a window-sill; a glossy-leaved Ficus will add character to a featureless hallway.

A small cactus plant with pink flowers


Incorporating some living greenery into your rooms can also provide benefits to your health. Research shows that being surrounded by nature is good for our mental wellbeing and our physical health: plants possess different properties and some even improve levels of oxygen in the room.

Ideas for Incorporating Living Greenery in Your Interior

Green Bottles

A trendy style in recent times has been terrariums: creating a collection of living plants in glass containers. Purpose-designed, ready-planted terrariums are widely available, however, you could repurpose an old lantern or bottle and fill it with small, hardy plants that draw most of their nutrients from the atmosphere and therefore need minimal TLC.

Using a bottled style like this is a great way to incorporate some subtle greenery into your space. This option is easily manageable and can work in a range of different rooms, including the bathroom where certain plants will benefit from high humidity.

A yellow flower in a blue bottle

Mantlepiece Plants

Mantlepiece plants are a great way to add some expression to a focal point of the home. This location is often best suited to larger plants with impact, but how you use them is up to you.

For a striking mantelpiece feature, you could choose a trailing plant – such as ivy – and run it around the mantlepiece or up the wall above it.

Set the Dining Table

Vintage dining tables with their rich patina provide a characterful platform for plants. An easy way to style living greenery on this surface is through small, thin containers that don’t take up too much space but still deliver impact.

For something a bit more striking, you could arrange a series of slim pots in a row containing identical plants. This looks especially good on a long rectangular dining or metal console table.

Hanging Gardens

The popularity of hanging plants is evidence of this wonderful style. Remember the macramé hanging baskets popular in the 1970s? Who thought they’d come back into fashion as an interior design feature?

By elevating your foliage, you’re saving space for other items but also drawing the eye upward, making the room seem taller.

Hanging baskets are available in a wide range of designs to suit your home. If you want to create impact, fill them with trailing plants that naturally drape down over the edge.

We hope these ideas for decorating with living greenery will inspire you to transform your space! What are your favourite ways to incorporate plants in your home? Share your designs with us on social media!

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