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Seven ways plants can transform your home

23 September 2015

Award-winning homes and interiors blogger Jen Stanbrook (Love Chic Living) shares her tips for transforming your home with plants and flowers.

Orchids used in home decor
A sculptural vase that suits your home's style can really bring a room to life

Plants and flowers have made a big comeback in interiors in recent years so don’t shy away from integrating them into your home décor. Embrace both the colour and texture and use them just like you would any other home accessory.

Be inspired

If you’re unsure about how to create impact with plants and flowers, check out resources such as Pinterest and Lifestyle blogs to see how to style them. My interiors trend Pinterest board has hundreds of creative and on-trend ways to style plants in the home.

Find out how to get started on Pinterest with our handy guide.

Pots to suit your style

Use a mix of materials for plant pots that suit your home and your décor. Display them in a mix of metallic holders for an on-trend look, glass for something timeless, and geometric, angled pots for a contemporary look.

Use height to your advantage

Think about interesting ways to display plants, such as hanging them from the ceiling in macramé holders, combining different sized terrariums or contrasting different heights with different coloured foliage and flowers.

Read our step-by-step guide to making a macramé plant hanger

Get creative

Unusual materials mixed with plants and flowers can look stunning. Think about experimenting with fur, hessian and cork for creating plant pot décor that goes above and beyond the norm. Wire baskets and concrete planters add innovative texture to homes and are a great way to bring small amounts of these materials into your home.

Use plants for texture and colour

If you want to follow trends then consider introducing succulents, cacti and orchids into your home for a splash of texture and colour that won’t disappoint. Line these easy to care for plants on a windowsill for an instant update to any room.

Find out how to grow succulents

Be bold...

Be bold and display plants in larger groups for a real wow factor in any room. Group in odd numbers for a professionally styled look, choose a colour palette that complements your room scheme and don’t be afraid to experiment.

...or keep it simple

Minimal, unfussy plants like the orchid will give your home a contemporary feel and coordinate well with both modern and more classic styles. The beauty of plants is that it won’t date or become out of vogue, simply learn how to tend and care for them to breathe new life into your interiors.

Find out how to grow orchids

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