12 Inventive Ways To Decorate With Houseplants Indoors This Winter

Get your green on, just in time for winter.

November 10, 2017
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Confession: I’ve never truly owned a houseplant. That is, until the last couple years, when, during my winter doldrums, I thirsted for a piece of the outdoors. I started noticing the trend of integrating houseplants and small indoor gardens into home décor. And after some research, I realized there are many plants that thrive indoors, and are even tough to kill (that's what has always stopped me: the fear of killing a poor, innocent houseplant).

Now I’m dipping my toe into the green and wonderful world of houseplant ownership and indoor gardening. A tiny AeroGarden grows in my kitchen, supplying herbs and flowering plants year-round. A succulent reaches upwards, resting on a window ledge. And a miniature palm I’ve nicknamed “Pete” adds a much-needed dose of nature to my desk.

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I plan to purchase even more plants as winter approaches. As a rookie green thumb, I’ve relied on wisdom from plant-centric blogs, like Breegardens.com run by master gardener Bree Kauzlarich, who specializes in answering newbie questions about how to water, when to plant, and how to help your indoor garden thrive.

Related: 4 Reasons Your Houseplants Are Dying And How to Fix Them

For indoor gardens, she recommends keeping plants or trees in the container they came in, with drainage holes in the bottom. "When re-potting, purchase the next plastic container size up, still with drainage holes, and look for soil specific for indoor plants. Then you can keep the plant in any type of container you like—baskets, salvage items, kitchen pots, urns, and more," says Kauzlarich. When it comes time to water, Kauzlarich advises, “Remove the plant from the pot and water in the sink, allowing the plant to drain completely before returning it to its pot or container. The plant should never be sitting in water." Add flat stones under the plant container in the pot just in case water leaks out.

Plants can be quite beneficial for those who deal with winter blues or just need a bit more nature in their surroundings. “Indoor plants clean the air, which is an added benefit, and add an organic and natural feel to any environment,” says Kauzlarich. “I enjoy having something to nurture, especially when my cactus blooms in midwinter.” (Here are 10 plants to grow if you're suffering from anxiety, stress, or depression.)

So, whether you’re an expert or a nervous newbie like myself, and whether you’re growing a cluster of houseplants or a full-fledged garden, there are many creative, inventive ways to bring pops of green into your home. Here are 12 inspirational ideas from Instagrammers who are doing just that.


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Provide Perches For Your Plants

Create a visual, climbing effect with several houseplants, which act as a would-be vertical garden. Here, the white ceramic shelves blend with the wall, allowing the plants to be the stars.


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Turn Your Bathroom Into A Mini Jungle

A bathroom can act as a sanctuary, especially when self-care becomes top-of-mind in the winter. (Here are 20 little ways to nurture yourself during winter.) Bring a bit of plant therapy into your space with a cluster of hanging houseplants or a palm on the ledge of the bathtub.

Don't have a lot of light in your bathroom? Try these plants:

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Green Up A Loft

A unique way to display a garden of potted plants is to arrange them in a row along a loft. The vines produce even more of a visual impact.


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Start A Terrarium

Terrariums are famous for being particularly user-friendly among gardening novices. If you don’t have the space for a true indoor garden, a terrarium is a great alternative. Plus, you could skip the work and just buy one ready-made.


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Weave Plants Into Shelf Décor

Plants add color and life to a home’s décor, especially on shelves. Make a mini garden by placing plants among decorative objects—ceramic pieces, bottles, books, pictures—and focus on small to medium greens, like a jade plant. “The jade plant is a great plant: easy to grow and propagate. They are in the succulent family and can take full sun and neglect,” says Kauzlarich.


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Grow A Pallet Garden

Pallet gardens have been getting lots of attention on Pinterest, often gracing porches and exterior walls in backyards. But they can also be brought indoors, providing a place to cultivate herbs and edible flowers.

Related: 6 Absolute Easiest Herbs To Grow Inside


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Bring The Outdoors Into Your Office

A garden can be grown in the comfort of your home office, as long as you have ample shelving, wall space and plenty of light. A fiddle leaf may do well in an office. “The fiddle leaf fig is very popular and can be seen in many interior design magazines,” Kauzlarich says, and warns, “They can be fussy though. They like indirect sunlight.”


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Turn Plants Into Wall Art

Air plants hung in a shaped frame can add aesthetic value to a wall. A holder can be purchased on Etsy or similar sites, and additionally, a “garden” of air plants can be pretty easy to grow. Kauzlarich says, “My understanding is that air plants can live without natural light. They do need to be watered by fully submerging them in water for a couple hours at least once a week.”

Related: 6 Indoor Blooming Plants To Brighten Your Home In Winter

Pot Houseplants In Baskets

Instead of potting a group of greens in traditional planters, turn to woven, artful baskets in varying sizes, colors and patterns.


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Create A Gallery Wall

A gallery wall can be made using wall art, or in this case, the scene is set with a cluster of houseplants growing in metallic planters and placed on sized-down shelves. For a cohesive look, use the same pot for each plant.

Go Classic With Hanging Plants

Macramé and plant hangers are having a moment, which look even better when grouped together, serving as a hanging version of an outdoor garden.

Use Wall Planters With Visual Appeal

Wall planters can be found online or in nearly every home and garden store. Find a few that match the vibe of your home décor. Minimalist? You can’t go wrong with basic white. Modern? Go with metallic and interesting patterning. Farmhouse? Antique, terra cotta pots will look right at home. (If your clay planters are looking worse for wear, follow these 4 steps to clean them.)