We've humbly requested the Top Interior Designers in the country for their thoughts about adding plants in modern interior design and here are some expert opinions that we believe will help us all.
Elsa Soyars, Principal Designer, Elsa Soyars Interiors, one of New York's Top Interior Designers.
One design trend that I see becoming a huge staple these days are Crystal Gardens! After a year of so much negativity and uncertainty people are really looking for peace within creative hopeful ways into their space and I have noticed as well as taken interest in these beautiful crystal gardens in place of a majority of plants!They are maintenance free and offer a calming to the space as well as look so pretty and unique! I’m finding people are making their own by researching how earth's crystals affect energy and incorporating sweet small succulents in a beautiful glass terrarium really adds a splash of zen! I have included an image of one a friend of mine and a client has recently developed a small business in creating herself below called ‘Crystalized. Gardens’ and I absolutely love this idea! As a designer I am constantly learning and incorporating new things especially being a huge proponent for positive energy and bringing that into newly designed spaces!
We are currently working on a South of 5th full floor ocean front penthouse with a full roof top garden and pool. It is interesting you should ask about incorporating plants since this has been a topic we have been discussing with the clients.
In the very large Master Bathroom we are incorporating plants along a wall of floor to ceiling windows to create the sense of privacy while creating a lush tropical environment. The plants are decorative and help fill the very large space. We are also incorporating tropical plants in the very large enclosed shower to “decorate” the space without making it look “decorated”. These plans help soften the very modern architecture
There is nothing like bringing a little bit of nature to interior design. Incorporating plants in your design helps make the space look and feel fresh and energized. Sometimes utilizing plants can be a challenge, mostly if you’re trying to keep a clean and simplistic look to today’s popular contemporary modern design. I find utilizing either succulents or perhaps a Fiddle Leaf palm allows me to marry the two without jeopardizing my design goals. Plants can also inject a pop of color when utilizing white and natural color palettes. I find myself working often with plants now that my clients are gravitating more to the indoor/outdoor design concept.
We believe that every room needs a little bit of greenery! Not only do they help purify the air, but adding plants to your decor is a great way to infuse some life into the design of your space.
We love taller plants like trees (particularly loving Olive trees and Audrey Ficus trees at the moment) to add height to a space and draw the eye up. They can help fill a corner that's looking a little empty and look purposeful and planned.
We like to style trees in woven baskets for a more relaxed, casual look.
Smaller plants make great coffee table and shelf styling additions!
Plants are one of the best features that you can introduce in an interior design. In fact, using plants as interior décor is one of the major rising trends of 2021, and if you’re looking for the best ones, you’re at the right place.
We’ve compiled a list of 15 plants that are guaranteed to spice up your rooms this season. They’re simply wonderful, easy to care for, and will make your space feel absolutely refreshing. Add them next to your Flag Halyard Chair for an organic feel, on your kitchen countertop with your Bertoia Counter Stool for contrasting elements, or by your Mario Bellini Camaleonda Sofa for a pop of colour.
From sprawling creepers to low-maintenance succulents, you can find all types on this list. So without further ado, let’s take a look at how you can place them and everything you need to know about growing/caring for them:
This plant is a great way to bring a pop of bright color to your interior designs. It’s a perennial and blooms with beautiful star-shaped purple flowers. They can either be potted or planted in outdoor flower-beds. They’re native to North America and can be found anywhere. The Phlox plant can either be found in low-height or medium-height varieties. You can feature it in a bright, sunny window in your home interiors and pair it with your other favorite greenies.
Creeping phlox needs room to grow and sprawl, so it’s best that you find some large pots and containers to grow them indoors. Here’s a handy guide and some tips on how to grow this plant indoors:
Also known as the “five hole plant”, the Monstera Adansonii is absolutely exotic, beautiful, and perfect for adding that lush vibe to your interior concepts. It’s an incredibly unique houseplant that has glossy green leaves that will remind you of the tropical forests of South America – of which this plant is a native of. Since this plant thrives in bright, indirect diffused light, you can place it on an end table, in the center of your Platner Coffee Table, or even hang it on an intricate Macrame wall hanging on a statement wall.
This is a creeping plant with aerial roots and can reach up to 6 feet in height in as many months. It’s pretty easy to grow and take care of. Here’s a handy guide on how you can plant your own:
This gorgeously regal plant is an excellent way to add a touch of green to your interior design concept in 2021. The lush fronds, tall stature, and easy maintenance make it one of the best choices for indoor house plants that you’ll ever come across. It’s an elegant plant that loves the sun, so it’s best that you put it beside a sunny window! You can use it as a statement piece or put it in an empty corner of your living room along with your EM Cloud Sofa for a beautiful look.
The Majesty Palm is a slow-growing plant and takes its time to grow tall. It requires the perfect blend of light, humidity, and fertilizer in order to look its best. Let’s take a look at how you can grow it:
Steps for growing and caring for the Majesty Palm
Comprising of around 200 species of ferns, this planter is perfect for brightening up your interior designs with a dash of green. It’s a popular houseplant that’s as resilient as it’s easy on the eyes. It’s also slow growing and might even take years to reach its full potential growth! With its pretty lace-like leaves and delicate appearance, this plant will make an excellent centerpiece on your end table or coffee table. You can even hang it on your window sill in beautiful plant hangers!
Since the natural habitat of a Maidenhair Fern is in the partial shade of tall forest tree canopies, that’s the kind of setting it thrives in indoors as well. Here’s a thorough look at how you can grow it indoors:
This indoor bush with its red colored twigs will brighten up your interior designs with its bright, dashing personality. It’s a stunning plant that grows variegated leaves (meaning multicolored green leaves) and berries during the summer. But its red twigs are what always takes center stage, and definitely what makes it a highly coveted indoor plant for most people. This plant enjoys the full sun, but also longs for partial shade sometimes. Therefore, it’s best that you place it by a window that lets in lots of sunlight during the day!
Indoor Red Twig Dogwoods can grow pretty tall, so they make amazing statement pieces. When put beside a window, their lean bodies will provide some great silhouettes against the view outside. They can grow up to 8 feet tall when not pruned or trimmed regularly. Here’s how you can grow them:
Formally known as Monstera deliciosa, the Swiss Cheese Plant is a lush, absolutely gorgeous fern-like plant that would make an excellent addition to any interior design. It has a certain tropical beauty and is quite unfussy. Its long-lobed leaves are absolutely striking and their heart-shaped aesthetic never fails to seem absolutely attractive. It’s a plant that grows best in indirect light, so place it near a window where it can get some filtered light. Alternately, if you have any portal with glass blocks, then you can place this plant directly next to it.
Lovingly known as “Purple Showers” this plant is perfect for imbuing a dash of violet in your interior designs. It’s a shady perennial that thrives in warm, dry climates and would look absolutely enchanting in any interior design that requires an eclectic edge. Aside from being inexpensive, Mexican Petunias are also drought-resistant. This plant can cope with heat and will look perfect by a sunny window sill or on a ladder placed directly by the window.
This is basically a shade plant that does well in wet conditions, but thrives in the sun. As long as you place your pot by a sunny window, you’ll love how it turns out! Here’s an extensive caring and growing guide to help you further:
Lovingly dubbed as the “mosaic plant” thanks to the gorgeous veining on its leaves, this plant is a great way to add a dash of bold, green lushness to your interior designs. It’s a low-growing perennial with silvery-white veins, so planting it in a white colored pot will make it look extra striking. Sometimes, the veins can even catch a pinkish tint. This plant should be placed in indirect light, so an end table or coffee table near a large sunny window with sheer drapes is a good choice:
Highly sensitive to the sun, this plant can grow up to a height of three to six inches. It should be kept away from direct sunlight, and needs quite a bit of care to thrive. Here’s everything that you need to know about growing and caring for it:
This is a terrarium planter that features tiny leaves – thus signified by the name “baby tears.” It’s a creeping, sprawling plant that can spill over its pot in vine-like formations. It’s best planted in small to medium-sized pots – especially in a glassy white finish – that can make the lush green of the leaves look absolutely striking! This plant blooms its best in short bursts of intense sunlight, but can’t handle it too much. Therefore, it’d be best if you hang the pots in simple Macrame or metal hangers by a window with sheer curtains!
This plant is best grown in containers so that it can sprawl as extensively as it can in an indoor setting. However, if you don’t think you can handle it, then small pots are a good option as well. Here’s a guide on how you can care for it while growing:
This perennial plant is a great way to make your interior décor as attractive and lush as possible. It has tall stems and looks incredibly attractive as a house plant. It’s a moisture-loving species that has tiny plants attached to its stems. It enjoys mild sunshine but is also partial to shade, so you can put it on a cluster of nesting tables by a shady window!
With an ability to grow between 2 to 6 feet, this plant requires mild sun exposure. It’s pretty easy to care for, but curbing their sprawl can definitely be a challenging task. Here’s how you can grow and care for it:
This is an uncommon houseplant, but its uniqueness makes it one of the best choices to introduce wispy greenery in your interior designs. It’s pretty bushy and has lace-like foliage that creeps out of the pots in a very attractive manner. Its light green hue is not only beautiful but can also make an attractive focal point in an interior. It’s an invasive species and can be toxic to pets. It’s basically a “spiller” that would look amazing in a bold white container or pot. It grows best in partial sunlight, so putting it on a console by a large window with sheer curtains is a great idea.
This house plant can grow up to two feet and can sprawl along 6 feet in its growing stage. It needs regular pruning and thrives in indirect light. Here’s everything that you need to know about growing and caring for it:
If you’re searching for a good succulent, then this is the one that you should be looking at. Also known as the “jade plant” this one can make your interiors feel super attractive with its lush green presence. It’s small, fascinating, and easily available. It’s a great way to practice your green thumb – especially if you’re a beginner who hasn’t had any experience ever growing a plant. This plant has dark, glossy leaves that look very tropical and unique. Just plant yours in a nice pot, put it in a wall hanging and create a green feature wall in your interior designs.
This plant loves medium temperatures and doesn’t do well in extremes. They’re pretty low-maintenance and easy to care for. If you’re planning to get one of your own, here are some handy tips and tricks on how to care for them:
This stylish plant is known for its dramatic countenance and would spruce up your interiors with its graceful aesthetics. It has long burgundy colored leaves and slim, arcing light purple flowers. It’s considered a non-invasive grass specie. It has a fall vibe, so if you’re creating a baroque style interior concept or using autumnal colors in your spaces, then this is the perfect plant to complement it. Purple Fountain Grass is a summer plant that blooms to the fullest in July, so it would thrive when you put it in the center of a sun-drenched window.
This summer plant loves the heat and would bloom to its fullest during the hottest months. It can reach a mature height of between 3 to 5 feet, so it will also make an excellent statement piece in an interior design. Here’s how you can grow and care for it:
This indoor planter will make your interior concepts feel two times more stylistic, incredible, and unique. With the bold markings on its leaves, an abundance of lushness in its aesthetic, and an ability to be the focal point of any space, this plant is one of the best investments that you’ll ever make to improve your home interior. The leaves of this plant feature bold zebra/rattlesnake/peacock inspired patterns and have a striking pink-ish underbelly that runs into the stems as well.
The main thing to remember when growing this plant is to keep it away from too much direct sunlight, or the patterns on the leaves might get bleached out. Here’s a small guide on how you can grow and care for this plant:
This indoor plant has a sculptural look thanks to its beautiful leaves. It has around 80 species and is known for its strikingly white veins that beautifully contrast the backdrop of green. This plant thrives in partially shady areas, as its natural habitat is under the canopy of tall forest trees. It grows well in containers and can make an excellent addition to any home interior. Just put in in an alcove that’s hit by sunshine in the morning and remains shady during the evening, and see how it thrives.
This plant has a short growing season, but it can certainly make up its pace and grow pretty rapidly once it starts. It grows dormant during winter and stops growing. Here are some tips on how you can grow and care for it:
These fifteen plants are some of the most beautiful and stylish ones that you’ll ever come across. We’ve listed down all that you need to know about them, so you’ll be easily able to care for them!