Well-arranged indoor plants can do miracles for every room, even those that are not beautifully furnished. How to arrange plants in the living room? For instance, give its design a more cohesive and intentional look.
Indoor plants can solve serious design problems if they are placed properly, and they are therefore always a good idea. Do you also have some spare space to fulfill? It is time to make it more hospitable with a nice houseplant.
Guide on how to arrange plants in the living room?
We all know that plants create a more hospitable atmosphere in our homes, but we don’t always know how to get there. If you are also struggling with this, let our guide show you how to arrange plants in the living room and optimize their value.
Display ideas for living room plants
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The same as any other decorative item in the living room, potted plants make more sense when displayed together. Instead of dotting them wherever there is space, bring them together in a single corner for a more effective look.
For instance, group the same plants in different sizes and ideally, descending pot sizes. We recommend pairing Limelight Dracena (‘Dracenafragrans Limelight’) with Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum). These potted plants thrive independently from direct sun exposure, and their foliage is fairly similar.
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When it comes to choosing pots, play along with the design. Trends dictate clean and elevated looks with mid-century modern pots. You can use containers in the same color and material, or match the textures. Whatever you decide, it will look amazing.
Fireplace plant ideas
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If the living room has a fireplace you never use, consider displaying plant pots inside. This is a very creative idea to revive unused space and turn it into a masterpiece.
Again, match plants in different sizes. Place the biggest and most robust ones in the middle and arrange the small potted plants on the mantel. You can enrich the display with vases, books, bowls, photos, or any other items you wish to display.
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As for the style, choose plants that are as bold as the fireplace design. The top pics would be large plants with sculptural leaves, such as monstera or philodendron.
Different plants in the window area
The most natural way of arranging plants in the living room is to do so in the window zone. Windows are a natural pick for hanging planters, as this is where light comes from. You can either install hooks and attach fancy macrame pot hangers or opt for trailing plants along with the window sills.
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If hanging plants is not your thing, get a large plant and place it in front of the window. For more interest, hang another large plant next to it directly from the ceiling. Stick to plants that can resist constant sun exposure, such as African milk bush, Aloe vera, or snake plant.
This simple trick will improve your window view even if the outside doesn’t look that nice.
Classic basket planters
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How does a private curated jungle sound? You can design your zen garden by simply hanging a couple of eclectic woven baskets to house your plants. These baskets come in all sizes and styles, to even let you recreate the perfect boho setting. For some additional mystique, let the plant textures play with each other the same way basket textures do.
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Make sure there is a larger plant in the corner that completes a look, ideally a palm or an indoor tree. If this is not enough, consider a pair of small potted plants in the center of the coffee table.
A green oasis plant corner
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The biggest design issue in the living room is the corner, as we can rarely find an item that fits well. Live plants can solve this problem very easily.
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If the corner is bright and large, consider also larger plants. Examples are the architectural dragon tree (Dracena marginata) or the fiddleleaf fig (Ficus lyrata). You can get any decorative set for them you want, but make sure the original pot remains inside.
The pot you buy should also be proportionate to the plant to keep it stable. This way, you will also protect your floors from eventual water leaks.
Create your terrarium
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A terrarium is a great idea for busy homeowners who prefer low-maintenance plants. We recommend Aloe vera, succulents, or cacti, as these will thrive even with minimum care.
Plus, they grow slowly and you can therefore get as many of them as you want, and even create whole miniature gardens inside glass jars and boxes. Exactly – with some living plants around, each shelf and table can tell a story.
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Terrariums, in particular, are very easy to create and include in the home decor. Fill a container with pebbles or sand, put the small plants inside, and enjoy the welcoming environment.
The best place to display your glass garden is right on the coffee table.
A plant nook for the living space
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Let’s take one more look at awkward and empty corners. Whatever piece of furniture you place there simply doesn’t work.
The solution is very simple – you need new plants.
A combo of smaller and taller plants or a single large plant will let you use all the benefits of this corner space. You can either arrange them on the floor or get a bar cart and turn it into a plant cabinet.
If you like to read, place the plants near your library alcove, and you’ll have the perfect getaway.
Nest plants beside the sofa
Your sofa may be simple, but it also has the potential for a garden hideaway. If you add a plants cluster on both sides, preferably at varying heights, the sofa will look adorable.
You can stage plants on shelves or end tables, or simply get new decorative stands. To enhance visual interest, stick to smaller plants on the one side and a single indoor tree on the other. The living room will feel comfortable and serene, and everyone will love spending time in it. Greenery always does the job!
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Smaller plants can also be displayed in storage areas, and paired well with deco boxes, books, mini sculptures, or any other accessories. The display will be captivating, and yet casual, as you had just picked the plant in your garden.
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It is up to you to decide how smaller plants should be arranged. To make the most of your room decore, mix types, and plant families. Make sure there is a tall cactus, a smaller tree, lots of leafy greenery, and a vase of flowers.
Before you add plants on the shelves, though, make sure they’ll have access to adequate light from the window,
Beautiful plant stands
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If you don’t know how to put your current furniture in service of group plants, simply buy the most beautiful plant stand you can find. There are diverse designs to choose from, so take something that works with the room theme.
The stand can be placed in front of an imperfect window, to diffuse the outer view. Choose plants according to the stand’s height and arrangement, and use saucers to protect the shelves.
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If you want to recheck the hanging plant method, use the room’s walls. Slightly extended walls with a ledge or wainscotting deliver the perfect area for this DIY project.
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Trailing plants or a snake plan can easily turn into the focal point. If this visual texture doesn’t meet your needs, little research will suffice. You will soon come up with your cascading wall with beautiful hanging ivy. Then, slowly bring your chic project to perfection by hanging plants between windows or behind the couch.
How to accessorize with houseplants
The Three Plants rule
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The three plants rule (or rule of the green thumb, if you prefer) advises homeowners to always opt for uneven-numbered plant groupings. This makes them look a bit more formal, in case you wish to display only one group.
If the plan is to arrange several combos around the room, keep the plants as small as possible. At best, arrange them in groups of three plants each, and they will turn into the perfect decorative items.
Size is decisive
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Before you begin the cluster project, think of the plant sizes. Check how you can combine varying proportions and lengths to provide depth to your living space, or even a unique cascading effect. If all plants have the same height, they will simply blend in. After a while, you will forget you even had them.
This is how these design ideas work in practice: get your favorite plant plus several more in different sizes, and display them in a playful row. The look is asymmetrical but consistent, and that is what you are looking for.
Leaf shapes matter
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We have already given you some pointers and a few tips on choosing plant sizes. The leaves, however, need to be aligned too.
A very interesting and harmonic arrangement could be achieved by combining plants. Check plants with upward leaves (fiddle-leaf fig tree), squat trailing plants (pothos), or a fountainlike plant (dracaena).
Don’t forget the textures
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You can do little planning on plants’ color, but don’t let this discourage you. Improve your living rooms with differing textures and contrasts, such as smooth and rough. Sometimes, two samples of the same plant can have completely different textures.
Enhance the visual weight
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The visual weight of plants cannot really be determined, as they all contribute to the room decor differently. If the leaves are tall, the eye is immediately drawn upward, the same as a trailing plant doesn’t leave the shelf unit unnoticed.
Your small and minimalist living room will benefit significantly from textured plants. A calm and comfortable room with busy arrangements will need exactly the opposite – small plants with simple and smooth leaves.
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True, plants come in all layers of green, but that is still the same color. If you want variation, get a plant with different foliage on the leaves.
You will then need to bring these colors in sync with the deco, so decide which will be the leading color and which accent color. Or, go for the three-plants rule and get a bold secondary color too.
Get unique pots
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When you arrange indoor plants, make the most of the deco pots. Choose the colors and finishes according to your preferences, and combine the materials you like.
Now that you know how to arrange plants in the living room, go and get your favorite plants. You know the thrill very well – arranging indoor plants tells a story, it doesn’t only stand there and soak natural light for no reason.
Let’s not forget as well that plants bring the freshness inside, and they clean our air. As if this were not enough, they easily become a focal point everyone wishes they had at home.
The options and combinations are endless – just think of the items you would like to see in your living room each day!
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