Plants: Breathing New Life Into Interiors

Whether it’s a ficus, fiddle leaf fig, or even bamboo, plants-as-decor is all the craze everywhere you look. Plants are redefining the way we accessorize our living spaces, adding a touch of color to the bedroom, bathroom, living room, entryway, and more. To explore this trend, below are a select few designers who demonstrate stylish ways to decorate your home spaces with plants. We’ve also included recommendations of six low to mid-maintenance houseplants that will make you want to visit your local garden center immediately!

Faith Blakeney

Studio Designer user Faith Blakeney is an interior designer and self-proclaimed “lifestylist” who transforms environments into impactful spaces that further our self-expression with the use of plants and greenery. Whether it is the kitchen, bathroom, or other living spaces; there is always a touch of foliage. The leafy green plants really pull the whole room together for a Pinterest perfect feel.

Jungalow by Justina Blakeney

Talent and a love for decorating with plants run in the family as Faith’s sister Justina Blakeney is the creator of Jungalow —a lifestyle brand that supports the principles of sustainability, giving back, and vendors who utilize non-toxic and environmentally conscious products. They work with their vendors to reduce waste when packaging, strive to make their manufacturing processes of ceramics water-efficient, and their goal is to be plastic and styrofoam free by 2022! In addition to their efforts to make their own materials eco-centric, they have planted over 45,000 trees through their “Trees For The Future” initiative. This initiative “not only helps the environment but also helps to provide food security and income to communities that rely on the trees in Africa.” They also sell the most unique and beautiful planters like this Face Bookend Vase. Check out a wonderful collaboration by sisters Faith and Justina when they renovated their parents’ apartment using an abundance of great plant decor seen in House Beautiful.

Face Bookend Vase by Justina Blakeney®

Amber Interiors

Studio Designer user Amber Lewis runs Amber Interiors. As CEO and principal designer, Amber brings a laid back and eclectic approach to designing residential homes in California. She enjoys sun-soaked rooms, colorful accents, natural, and earthy elements. This makes her work an inspirational example to follow when looking to add a touch of nature to your space and she shares designs and her style perspective at her blog All Sorts of. Adding plants really makes the environment unique and cozy.

Plants to Consider

If you are new to plant decor, the following plants are notable for being aesthetically appealing and also easy to maintain. Visit a local plants show or garden center or you can find plants online at places like Bloomscape, Terrain, The Sill, or even Etsy.

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum)

The Chinese Evergreen is a vibrant and durable leafy plant. They thrive in medium or low light conditions, making them perfect to brighten up empty corners. This plant does not require a lot of watering or too much attention.

Asparagus Fern (Asparagus setaceus)

This fluffy plant loves to be in partly shady areas, like your kitchen or bathroom if they have windows. The feathery foliage requires daily misting and to be well watered. It pairs well with other flowers or foliage and really pops!

Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides)

If you have big open windows, a Chinese Money plant would be a perfect plant to place near them. This paperlike leafed specimen loves lots of bright indirect light. The bright green leaves are supported by weekly watering.

Aloe (Aloe vera)

Aloe is a great plant to have in your home, it loves sunlight. Aloe only needs to be watered every two to three weeks and even less in the winter months. Great for someone with a busy lifestyle (or homelife for most of us). It also is a great remedy for sunburns.

Fairy Washboard (Haworthia Limifolia)

Known by the name Fairy Washboard, this cutie grows best in bright light and warm dry climates. It needs to be watered about once a month and remains small. Another plant that supports a hectic lifestyle.


Pink Nerve Plant (Fittonia albivenis)

There is no better way to add vibrant color than using a Pink Nerve plant. This plant succeeds in the shade. You only need to water it every few days, just making sure the soil is moist. The Pink Nerve Plant is perfect for someone who is okay with a little more maintenance than a cactus or succulent.

Interior designers are creating elegant spaces with gorgeous plants like these—whether as an accent piece, to build a healthy and productive environment, or at the request of a client. Plants bring life to a room without clutter, not to mention the beautiful pots and containers they sit in. If you are searching for inspiration for your next project, these plant-loving designers and plant recommendations can perhaps spark something new and creative.

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Plant Images and Illustrations by Shutterstock; Chinese Money Plant image by Xinyi Zhang on Unsplash