Shaynna Blaze shares her tips on how to bring the outdoors in this spring with some interesting and unusual ways to display indoor plants.
As the weather starts to improve and we come out of hibernation as winter turns to spring, there’s nothing like spending more time outdoors and enjoying all that nature has to offer. It’s also a great time to inject some of the great outdoors into your home.
Indoor plants have gone in and out of favour over the years but the trend at the moment is all about new and unusual ways to display plants inside. It’s also about low maintenance, easy solutions that anyone can embrace.
So lugging in a pot plant from the verandah isn’t going to cut it anymore. Get creative and invest a little time and effort with one of these ideas.
Potted plant wall feature
Simplicity and repetition is what makes this idea work as well as the contrast of green on white. It’s a good way to make a plain blank wall a whole lot more interesting without breaking the budget. This look is particularly suited to sunrooms as well as enclosed balconies or verandahs.
Hanging glass holders
Just like glass pendant lights look great when a few are hung together at different lengths, the same principle applies here. This type of arrangement works well in a corner of a room or even hanging over the island bench in a kitchen. The twine string adds to the organic look, or choose a metal chain instead if you want to give it a more industrial feel.
Not your average pot stand
Forget the daggy old metal pot stands your grandma used to have and think of new ways to display a series of pot plants. Look at what you already have in the home. Anything from open bookshelves to floating shelving will work as well as timber ladders that can be transformed by adding shelves on the rungs plus a timber brace so it can be propped up against a wall without risk of it falling over. Mix and match the pots you use but stick to a particular colour theme, like this neutral combination, for it to all work well together. The combination of timber and foliage looks great.
If you don’t have a green thumb then a terrarium is one of the most low maintenance options for indoor plants. You can make one from any clear glass or plastic container such as a large glass jar, vase, jug, fish bowl or terrarium containers you can buy from nurseries or craft shops. Terrariums make great centerpieces for dining tables and also look great on a coffee or console table.
If you really don’t think you have the time to care for indoor plants, then this quick and easy solution is for you. A collection of glass bottles displayed together with just a green stem or a flower in each creates a simple yet striking display. Choose plain glass vases for a modern minimalist look or pick up some crystal vase bargains from an op shop for some vintage glamour. It’s a quick and easy way to add a touch of nature to a mantelpiece or windowsill. This idea also works well in the bathroom which is typically the place in the home that plants like least as there is often little natural light or ventilation.
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