7 Essential Plant Styling Tricks You Need to Know

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When it comes to plant styling, there are certain design elements that are essential for creating a visually pleasing and cohesive space.

Amanda emphasizes the importance of plant grouping, which not only benefits the plants themselves but also creates distinct areas of focus within a room.

Varying the heights of different plants within a grouping can create a pleasing thrust effect, drawing the eye up and allowing for appreciation of the entire mass of plants.

Additionally, contrasting leaf shapes and textures can add visual interest to a grouping.

In smaller spaces or areas where drilling into walls is not an option, incorporating vertical design elements can be a challenge. However, tall and narrow plants that fit in corners or on tables can provide a solution, as can long hanging vines that soften horizontal lines and add dimension to a room.

Integrating non-plant elements such as found objects or vintage items can also add a unique touch to a plant display. Finally, highlighting a single standout plant can create a striking focal point in a room.

By utilizing these essential design elements, anyone can create a beautiful and aesthetically pleasing plant display.

Key Takeaways

  • Plant grouping is essential for both the health of the plants and the overall aesthetic of the display.
  • Incorporating vertical design elements such as tall and narrow plants or long hanging vines can add dimension to a space.
  • Integrating non-plant elements and highlighting standout plants can add unique touches to a plant display.

Plant Grouping

Grouping by Height

Grouping plants by height is an essential design element when it comes to plant styling. This technique involves creating an environment where taller plants are placed at the back, medium plants in the middle, and shorter plants and hanging plants in front.

This arrangement allows the eye to look down and then up, appreciating the entire mass of plants.

Grouping plants by height also allows for the creation of islands or separate sections of plants, which draw the eye and do not crowd the room.

Grouping by Type

Grouping plants by type is another way to create a cohesive design. Plants can be grouped according to their types, such as different types of ferns or plants that require low or high light.

Leaf contrast is also an essential design element when grouping plants. Contrasting the shapes and textures of leaves against a more simple texture works well.

Grouping by Light Requirement

Grouping plants by their light requirements is crucial for their growth and survival. Plants that require low light should be grouped together, as should plants that require high light.

This grouping ensures that the plants receive the appropriate amount of light they need to thrive.

Grouping by Leaf Contrast

Leaf contrast is another important design element when it comes to plant grouping. Contrasting the shapes and textures of leaves against a more simple texture creates a visually appealing and cohesive design.

This technique can be achieved by grouping plants with different leaf shapes and textures together.

Overall, plant grouping is an essential design element when it comes to plant styling.

Grouping plants by height, type, light requirement, and leaf contrast creates a visually pleasing and cohesive design that allows for the plants to thrive while also enhancing the aesthetics of the space.

Vertical Design Elements

Tall and Narrow Plants

In smaller spaces or rented areas where you cannot make holes in the wall, tall and narrow plants can be a great way to add vertical elements to the space.

These plants can fit in corners, on tables, or fill up corners of the room without the need for any construction work. Schefflera Elegant Yzma and other tall and narrow plants can be used to anchor a corner or draw the eye up.

If tall and narrow plants are not available, medium-sized plants can be placed on tall narrow tables or stacked books to create the illusion of height.

Vertical Elements with Pothos on a Pole

Pothos on a pole or steak philodendron can be used as vertical elements that draw the eye up. These plants can be placed in areas where you do not want a lot of plants around them, as they can be a beautiful focal point on their own.

Faking Height with Medium Sized Plants

Medium-sized plants can be used to fake height by placing them on medium-sized narrow tables or other surfaces. This creates the illusion that the plant is filling up the whole corner, without actually taking up too much space.

Long hanging vines can also be used to break up horizontal lines over furniture, creating a softening effect in the room.

When designing with plants, it is important to consider the varying heights of the plants to create a cohesive design.

Grouping plants together can also create islands of plants that draw the eye, without overcrowding the room.

Leaf contrast, texture, and color schemes can also be used to create a visually pleasing design. Mixing plants with found objects or vintage finds can add interest and create a unique look.

Remember to keep the care requirements of the plants in mind when designing, and group plants together based on their light and watering needs.

Using Long Hanging Vines

When it comes to plant styling, one design element that should not be overlooked is the use of long hanging vines. These vines can be placed over furniture to break up horizontal lines and create a softening effect in the room.

They can be used on fireplaces, armoires, tables, counters, and anywhere else that has some space to work with.

One of the benefits of using long hanging vines is that they eliminate the need for pots, as the foliage can be allowed to cascade freely. This creates a fuller, bushier effect that can be very visually appealing.

Additionally, long hanging vines can be used to draw the eye upwards, which can help to create a sense of height and verticality in the space.

To make the most of long hanging vines, it is important to be mindful of the space in which they are placed. They should not be used in areas where they will interfere with daily activities, such as cooking or getting ready in the bathroom.

However, they can be used in a variety of other spaces to great effect.

Overall, the use of long hanging vines is a simple yet effective way to add visual interest and depth to a room.

Whether used alone or in combination with other design elements, they can help to create a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing space.

Pot Selection

When it comes to plant styling, there are certain design elements that are essential for creating an aesthetically pleasing environment. One of the most important design elements is plant grouping. Plants tend to do better when they are together, and grouping them also creates a cohesive design.

To create an eye-catching display, it is important to consider the varying heights of the plants. Taller plants should be placed at the back, medium plants in the middle, and shorter plants and hanging plants in front. This creates a thrust that forces the eye to look up and appreciate the whole mass of plants.

Another important design element is vertical elements. In smaller spaces or spaces where you cannot put holes in the walls, it is important to use tall and narrow plants that can fit in corners or on tables.

This creates a vertical element that draws the eye up without the need for construction. Pothos on a pole or tall narrow tables can also be used to create this effect.

Long hanging vines can also be used to soften the room and eliminate the horizontal lines created by tables or shelves.

These trailing plants can be placed on any surface, but it is important to be mindful of the space needed to live your life.

Mixing pots that relate to each other in color or style is another great trick to create a cohesive design. Found objects or vintage finds can also be used as accent pieces to create a beautiful moment with your plants.

Lastly, sometimes a single plant can be so beautiful and unique that it should be highlighted on its own. It is important to not overcrowd plants and create a feeling of anxiety. Plants are supposed to make us feel relaxed and stress-free, and proper design can help achieve this.

Integrating Non-Plant Elements

When it comes to plant styling, there are certain design elements that cannot be ignored. The first and foremost consideration is the care requirements of the plants, including their light and watering needs.

Once those have been established, it is important to create an aesthetically pleasing environment that is cohesive in design.

One essential design element is plant grouping. Grouping plants together not only allows them to thrive better, but it also creates a focal point in the room.

When grouping plants, it is important to consider the varying heights of the plants to create a thrust effect. This means placing taller plants in the back, medium-sized plants in the middle, and shorter plants and hanging plants in the front.

This creates a visually pleasing environment that draws the eye up and allows for separate sections of plants without overcrowding the room.

Another important design element, especially in smaller spaces, is incorporating vertical elements without damaging the property. Tall and narrow plants that fit in corners or on tables are a great option.

If tall and narrow plants are not available, tall plant stands or tables can also create the illusion of height. Additionally, long hanging vines can be used to soften the room and eliminate horizontal lines.

Incorporating non-plant elements, such as found objects or vintage finds, can also add to the overall aesthetic of the room. Grouping plants in pots that relate to each other in color or style is another way to create a cohesive design. Lastly, highlighting a single plant that stands out on its own can create a sculptural effect and add to the overall design.

By integrating these non-plant elements into plant styling, a visually pleasing and cohesive environment can be created that promotes relaxation and stress-free living.

Highlighting Single Plants

When it comes to plant styling, it’s important to create a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing design. While plant groupings are essential for creating a visually appealing space, there are also times when a single plant is enough to make a statement.

A single plant can be seen as a sculpture or a piece of art, and it’s important to highlight it in a way that allows it to stand out. This can be achieved by placing it in a spot that receives the right amount of light and by ensuring that it’s watered correctly.

When highlighting a single plant, it’s important to avoid crowding it with other plants or objects. This can create a feeling of anxiety and overwhelm, which is the opposite of what plants are supposed to do. Instead, find a space where the plant can be appreciated on its own.

Overall, while plant groupings are important for creating a cohesive design, highlighting a single plant can add a unique and eye-catching element to any space.

Avoiding Overcrowding

When it comes to plant styling, it’s easy to get carried away and end up with a lot of plants in a small space. However, overcrowding can be visually overwhelming and stressful. To avoid this, it’s important to consider design elements that will create a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing look.

Plant Grouping

Grouping plants is an essential design element that not only looks great but also keeps plants happy. Plants do better when they are together, and grouping them by varying heights creates a visually appealing environment.

Taller plants should be placed in the back, followed by medium-sized plants in the middle, and shorter plants and hanging plants in the front.

This creates a thrust that forces the eye to look down and then up, appreciating the whole mass of plants. Grouping plants also allows for islands of plants that draw the eye without crowding the room.

Vertical Elements

In smaller spaces or rented properties where drilling holes in the wall is not an option, it’s important to have vertical elements without causing damage. Tall and narrow plants that fit in corners or on tables are a great option.

If tall and narrow plants are not available, tall plant stands or stacking books and placing taller plants on them can create the illusion of height. Long hanging vines over furniture can also break up horizontal lines and soften the room.

Pots and Objects

Grouping plants in pots that relate to each other creates a cohesive look. Using found objects or vintage finds as accents next to plants can also make a statement. A single plant that looks great on its own can be highlighted in a space without crowding it.

Overall, it’s important to consider design elements that create a visually pleasing and stress-free environment when styling plants. By grouping plants, incorporating vertical elements, and using pots and objects that relate to each other, overcrowding can be avoided.