Healthy plants stimulate a space, both figuratively and literally. They make a room feel happy and they purify the air. So scatter these live beauties everywhere. We won’t judge you if you play classical music to them. They’re such hardworkers – they deserve it.
By Iris Benaroia
It’s Like being in a Rainforest
Maybe you think this is overkill. We think it’s glorious. Slip into the tub and settle back for sudsy down time. Plants just make you feel so good. Keep piling them on.
One Fiddleleaf Fig Tree is all you need
The most trendiest plant in town looks gorgeous in this marble-cloaked bathroom that feels warm thanks to the addition of the bergere chair and kilim runner. Remember: one statement plant is all you need.
A Stair Affair
We can so get behind this cute quartet even if it looks like it might do a domino-effect topple if a dog comes zipping down the steps. If you’re sans rowdy pets and kids, then this idea is fab. Go for fun pots and quirky succulents.
A Perfect Loo
Yes, yes, yes! That’s us getting all “When Harry Met Sally” over here (google it, Millennial). The green chevron wallpaper, together with the strong silhouettes on the plants and the contrasting industrial mirror and sconces is design at its best.
Ready for their beauty shot
A brick walls gets a whole lotta plant love in a warm climate. Good for Arizona year-round, not great for Canada, but we included it to show you the variety of sizes you’ve got to play with. When decorating a room with plants, choose a mix for a dynamic look.
Just Don’t Bump into It
This prickly fellow is as striking as a sculpture. And it’s low-maintenance. Water infrequently, enjoy hours of viewing pleasure. Can’t talk. Heading to the nursery now to pick one up.
Behold the Overflowing Bathroom Plant
Meet the lazy leaves that flop into your tub like they just don’t care. That’s the thing about plants. They do their own thing, dangling or shooting upwards or going sideways – and that makes them excellent decor specimens because they’re interesting to look at.
Leaf it to the plant to steal the show
Fresh fronds lord it over a tub in this charming bathroom that feels decidedly old-fashioned. Note the patterned curtains and aged patina on the plant’s urn that add texture and interest to the space, making it feel relaxed instead of stuffy. And the fresh flowers. Perfect!
Grow in a Row
Repetition is key to this design, as these pots prove. Such an unexpected surprise. Plants look great everywhere!
Think Wild Jungle
You know when you’re watching those nature shows and you’re transfixed by the forest? Think of that only on a smaller scale. Vignettes like the one shown here are fun to put together because there are no rules. Well, it’s nice to have varying heights of plants, but after that it’s up to you. Go for it!
This idea is the opposite of the wild jungle tablescape you just looked at, but it’s equally as powerful. Minimal spaces come to life with strategically placed greenery. We especially like seeing natural wood in a room with plants. They go together like peanut butter and jam.
Since most of us aren’t sitting around after work drinking highballs of scotch, loading up a bar cart with booze doesn’t always make sense. Try using it like a regular piece of furniture. May we suggest one that has a coterie of idiosyncratic cacti on it?
A Tufted, Living Wall
This sculptural bathtub costs as much as a downpayment on a condo, but we bet guests coming over will remark on the amazing wall behind it. So lush and green. Such a statement!
P.S. The best plants to have in the bathroom are Boston Ferns, Philodendrons, Cast Iron Plants, Spider Plants, Orchids, Bamboos, Pothos, Peace Lily and ZZ Plants because they can withstand low light and high humidity levels.
Lazy Days with Plants
Tousled blankets, flowing drapes, a monochromatic colour palette and tons of plants add up to one knock-out bedroom.
String them Up
For a clean, contemporary look nothing beats clear balls with plants in them. Make sure to go with a trio of terrariums (designer’s rule!) because the vignette will look more purposeful, rather than an afterthought.
Bunch them Up
There’s this idea that plants have to be separated in a space, but we think they need friends. Bunch them up like they’re pals kibbitzing over the day’s dirt. Did you see what that rose was wearing? Scandalous!
By the way, the owners of this amazing space are the owners of Tula.com, a plantscaping company with a greenhouse on wheels and a love of handmade clay pots.
Here’s that couple’s serene bedroom from the photo just before. They’ve opted to sub the nightstand with a plant on a stand. We like the simple white, brown and green palette, which is so restful and perfect in a room made for downtime.
Creative and Dynamic
Need instant drama in a room? Get a giant plant. The striped rug, gold trio table and portrait take it over the top. Remember: layer, layer, layer.
Urban Jungle Reading Nook
We are crushing hard on this room that has some seriously amazing details (check out that ceiling). The space feels cozy and welcoming thanks to the piles of textiles and the plants, of course.
A Great Gap Filler
Unused fireplace? Put a plant in it.