If you’ve ever seen photos of our home, you know that I really, really love plants. Like a lot. They add so much depth and warmth to a space AND they’re a budget-friendly option to boot.
So, I put together a handful of tips to help you find the perfect plants AND planters for your home…
1) Find an awesome planter, THEN look for the perfect plant. Say what now?! Often times, it goes like this. You get excited about picking out a few plants. So you go down to the local nursery or home improvement store, buy your plants, and then look for planters that works with the plants you chose. But that part of the search isn’t always easy….Because now, you’ve limited the size and shape of the pots that will work for your plants. And with that limitation, it may be more difficult to find a planter that works with your style.
SO, try working backwards and picking out a planter you love first. There are tons of great plants out there, in all different shapes and sizes. And finding the right one for your planter will most likely be a lot easier than the other way around.
Ex: I love the bullet planter that my mom bought for Jeff and I awhile back. It’s the perfect shape for pretty much any medium size plant. Wish we could have kept it at the house, but a (very kind) reader mentioned that philodendrons are actually poisonous to cats. And since we think Gertie and Franz are pretty cool, we figured I better move the plant over to the studio.
2) On the other hand, if you fall in love with the idea of a large plant or indoor tree, sometimes the planter isn’t as important. And then you can opt for a cheap planter, to let the star of show be the giant tree or plant.
Ex: I found a very tall plant with big leaves to make a statement in my home office. And I decided to go with a really plain planter, so that those big awesome leaves would have all the focus. So, I went as plain jane as I could find and bought a $5 Ikea planter. The plant does all the talking and no one even notices your cheap-o planter in this case. The plant itself was $29 (also from Ikea) and is about 5 ft tall, so I think I scored on this one, for sure.
*I know 1 and 2 are kind of contradictory to one another, but basically, I’m just saying, do you boo! Do what works best for you. If you know the pros and cons of each before you get started, it will be that much easier when you get down to making purchases.
3) Keep it mini. A grouping of smaller plants work just as well as one big one, if done right. Just be sure not to over do it. Three small plants in one area (like a coffee table, for example) is plenty. And often times, you can get away with just having one if you have a couple other home decor items to round things out.
*I DIYed those concrete planters for Curbly a while back, if you want to check out the tutorial.
4) Bring in your personality. Whether it’s with a plant that has gnarly branches or funky leaves, look for plants that have a little bit more character than the average joe. They’ll add charm to your room. OR go the personality route with the planter instead. I’m always on the look out for strange vases, like this face vase / pot from Group Partner (best known for the boob pots).
You made it to the end! That’s probably enough plant talk for one day. But one last thing…I’m curious to know how you bring plants into your home? Let me know in the comments below.
P.S. On another note… Yesterday, I found out that Paper & Stitch was name one of the best design blogs for 2016 by Domino. Yay! Honored to be amongst such a great group of bloggers! See the full list right here.