Decorating with houseplants for every design lover


Going Green

Greenery is no longer an afterthought in of-the-minute interior design. Whether it’s millennials fighting off their existential dread with a houseplant jungle, or the ecologically-aware rebooting native flora and urban gardening, indoor plants are a trend that’s here to stay. Following on from our recent foray into the history of houseplants, we’re circling back to share some of our favorite ways to style greenery for every genre of interior decor.

 

Midcentury Modern

If you’re lucky enough to have a conservatory at home, an abundance of plants behind glass provides the perfect backdrop to modernist furnishings. If not, pair your midcentury interior with a few sculptural species, like tall cacti or a rubber plant (the modernists’ favorite!). An original planter from the likes of Kai Kristiansen or Aksel Kjersgaard will definitely keep a midcentury space cohesive—just steer clear of plants that are too fussy or floral. It’s not all about solid wood though; these Copper Planters by organic modernist Hans-Agne Jakobsson are as stunning today as when they were produced in postwar Scandinavia. Rosewood Planter by Kai Kristiansen for Salin Møbler, Photo © Jack Pearlman; Rosewood Planter by Kai Kristiansen for Aksel Kjersgaard, Photo © Galerie Møbler; Copper Planters by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Photo © Modernisten

 

Brutalist and Industrial

Brutalist and industrial-style interiors have impact in spades, but sometimes a few strategically placed plants—especially larger plants or artfully arranged succulents—can give these somewhat cool styles a touch of life. Even absolute brutalist purists will find that iconic neo-functionalist designers like Willy Guhl foresaw plants in their homes; he designed a number of stunning planters, like the graceful, concrete Eternit (1950s) standing planter, or a series of round cement fibre planting bowls. The material is all-important here; think concrete, metals with patina, and industrial forms. This Ghisafon Cast Iron Planter ticks all the boxes. There are also a number of fantastic contemporary designs influenced by the industrial style, like this fantastic Black PLANT Table by Kranen/Gille—just add greenery. Cement Fiber Planter by Willy Guhl, Photo © Le Rétrocanteur; 1930s English Zinc Planter, Photo © Antiques & Garden; Black PLANT Table by Kranen/Gille, Photo © Kranen/Gille

 

Deco

Scatter gorgeous vintage side tables in rich woods, lacquer, or chrome, and crown them with some delicate, draping foliage. Keep an eye out for purpose-built vintage planters that occasionally pop up; sometimes a piece that might not, strictly speaking, belong to the deco movement will still work spectacularly well in a deco-inspired interior. We love the bold geometry and luxe metallic finish of this 1950s wall-mounted plant holder. Or, for a contemporary take on Art Deco, look no further than the likes of Cristina Celestino—her playful inlaid side tables from the Happy Room collection are perfection. And we’re pretty into the opulent marble tops on the Sass Pedestals by Brooklyn-based design collective Souda. Flowers in stunning glassware are also ideal—anything that reflects the light and adds a touch of glamour. You can even grow some varieties, like lilies or orchids, in a vase without soil to have beautiful flowers all year round. Since Deco is all about embellishment and pattern, a good rule of thumb is that the larger the pattern (on wallpaper, home textiles, etc) the smaller the leaves of the houseplant, and vice versa. Midcentury Brass Plant Holder, Photo © Kica Jugendstil; Sass Pedestals by MPGMB for Souda, Photo © Souda; German Art Deco Brushed Metal Ikora Vase from WMF, Photo © 20eme Siecle

 

Boho

An earthy, natural style like Boho Modern is always going to need greenery to complete the look—the more, the better! Arrange a rich combination of larger-leafed potted trees and shrubs, hanging baskets and vines, and smaller succulents in generous groups around the space. This look is not about restraint; you’re looking to create the impression of a full-on indoor jungle here. Rattan baskets, bamboo plant stands, and textured ceramic pots work best in a Boho interior—we love eye-catching woven hangers, like the Lucille Grand Natural Flower Cocoon by Llot Llov . With a houseplant collection of considerable size, you can play with a range of heights and textures to build a rich, layered effect. Or go for a vintage plant stand in a natural material—like this Rohe Noordwolde Bamboo Plant Stand from the 1960s—to give instant height variation. Make your thicket of luscious plants look even lusher by adding a vintage bamboo mirror on the wall behind them to amplify your collection. Lucille Grand Natural Flower Cocoon by Llot Llov, Photo © Llot Llov; Bamboo Plant Stand from Rohe Noordwolde, Photo © De Adelaar; Vintage French Bamboo & Rattan Mirror, Photo © Nuo

 

Contemporary

Of course, plenty of contemporary designers are reacting to the indoor plant trend as well and the range of styles and materials is quite mind-boggling. Studio Lorier are bringing 21st-century innovation and a sense of play to indoor planting with their gravity-defying Distorted Flowerpots and the Flowertop Flowerpot, as well as the multi-purpose Branch-out plant stand. For a more earthy texture, we recommend the Babilus series by Nir Meiri. The Chen Chen & Kai Williams design studio has turned out some stellar planters in recent years, including the Stone Fruit collection and their new Stacking Planters. And while the plants are, naturally, the stars in the contemporary house jungle, adding a splash of color and  panache with a few Dot Side Tables by Reda Amalou  will take your greenery styling to the next level. Distorted Flowerpots, Flowertop Flowerpots, and Branch-out Plant Stand from Studio Lorier; Photos © Studio Lorier Babilus Vase by Nir Meiri, Photo © Nir Meiri; Avocado Stone Fruit Planter by Chen Chen & Kai Williams, Photo © Chen Chen & Kai Williams; Dot Side Table by Reda Amalou, Photo © Reda Amalou

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