We all love a little bit of greenery in our house. Having houseplants in your home can not only contribute to the interior decor but also give your home a vibrant and cozy look. The cost of decorating your home with greens or faux greens is much lower than keeping fresh-cut flowers. In addition to the plants, you can add illumination to your interior design scheme. If implemented correctly, you can uplift the mood and feel of a dull room. There are different types of lighting, like LED lighting, floor lamps, dimmers, and ambient lighting.
The following are the top ten tips on how to use greenery and lights to decorate your entire home.
- Tropical indoor plants
Tropical plants are an excellent choice to add the lush green jungle-look to your living area, bedroom, and bathroom. There are a wide variety of tropical plants like snake plants, philodendrons, palm trees, peace lily, bromeliads, and dumb cane. The advantage of having tropical plants is that they give you a feeling of being on a summer vacation to an exotic place. Snake plants are excellent air purifiers and are a must in bedrooms. They are also low-maintenance. Philodendrons can be kept in small pots, and their foliage spreads horizontally outwards giving a very dense rainforest look. It is ideal for living room centre tables. Dumb cane is a widely used houseplant that has fluorescent green to dark green leaves and grows well in dim lighting.
- Pendant Lights
Pendant Lights compliment small size tropical plants and hanging plants very nicely. Pendant lighting is the lighting that hangs from a wire or pole. They usually suspend over dining tables or breakfast tables. These lightings make a grand statement. Small-sized tropical indoor plants like snake plants and peace lily kept on the breakfast tabletops, with hanging pendant lights illuminating them, look beautiful. If your dining table is far from the socket area like in a patio, you can use an extension cord to power up your pendants lights in the outdoor space. When using LED pendant lights, try to use horticulture LED grow lights that have blue wavelengths that give your hanging tropical plants dense foliage.
- Tall Trees
Tall trees such as Ficus (Weeping Fig), Araucaria (Christmas tree), Norfolk Pine tree, and Palms are excellent houseplants. These are also called statement plants. Used mostly at corners of living rooms, backyards, and front patio, they can grow to decent heights slowly. A well-grown Ficus provides a great glossy look to the decor. Araucaria and Pine look best at the entryway. Kentia palms placed in long hallways give a Victorian royal look to your halls.
- String Lights
String lights are a series of tiny LED lights that can drape around support to give a bright illuminated look. They especially look good if strung around a tall tree-like araucaria or ficus. These plants have spread leaves and strong branches that allow you to support the string lights in place. So, get ready with that holiday Christmas look on your front porch using string lights on a Christmas tree (araucaria). You can also put string LED lights on the railings of the staircase. They compliment well when small tropical plants are put on the treads of the stairs. You can also use string lights under kitchen cabinet edges or dining table edges.
- Succulents and Herbs
Succulents are thick, and dense small plants similar to cacti and they retain a lot of water. They come in different shades of green, and you can place them at different locations within your house. Especially, they give a great look to your desk, center-table, or dining table. If you are hosting a dinner party, you can put succulents on the dining table alternately with lighted candles. When kept on the living room table, it makes for a great welcome sign for your guests. You can buy cool-looking pots to keep them in. Succulents look beautiful on the otherwise empty window ledges with direct sunlight falling on them. Similar to succulents, herbs occupy a small space in your home but add great fragrance and green look to your dining and kitchen area. You can grow mint, thyme, rosemary, and basil in your kitchen and backyard.
- Lamps and Spotlights
Lamps are always ideal for illuminating a small focussed area in your home. You can use incandescent table lamps at your study table or coffee table. They look good when complemented with succulents. Incandescent lamps emit more heat and are suitable for blooming plants. Small accent lamps go well with bookshelves and over fireplace mantels. Compliment these with climbers like poison ivy or money plant. For plants decorating the floor area, you can use floor lamps that have an upward glow. For illuminating dark corners, sculptures or paintings hung on the wall, use spotlight or task lighting onto specific areas in your room.
- Faux Plants and dried Eucalyptus branches
For a long-lasting green look and cost-effective decor, you can use fake or faux green plants. When you combine these artificial plants with proper lighting, it is difficult to tell the difference. You can decorate your bath area with faux plants. If you want to go for a more natural yet cheaper option, you can use Eucalyptus branches to decorate your wall area. Eucalyptus branches look good on walls over a doorway, and you can hang them anywhere with minimum maintenance.
- Chandeliers, Dimmers, and Wall lights
If you have a big home with long walls, huge halls, and tall ceilings, using a mix of chandeliers and wall lights can bring a vintage, elegant and ambient look. Hang chandeliers alone or in pairs in the living, dining, sleeping, or shower area. Instead of using switches, you can use dimmers for chandeliers. Dimmers allow for adjusting the lighting as per your comfort and mood, thus making your interior more dynamic. Complement chandeliers with tall faux palms symmetrically placed on corners of a room. For walls, use wall sconces that put indirect light over your wall hangings. For example, a suspended eucalyptus branch looks excellent under an ambient wall sconce.
The combination of house plants and the right lighting can add a new invigorated look to your home. Apart from selecting the plant and the lighting, it is crucial to place them according to the architecture of your house. The above pointers will guide you on the best places to keep your plants and lighting to boost your interior decor.