One of the easiest ways to elevate the look of a space is to add some greenery to it. This can be in the form of trailing plants on a high shelf, a massive indoor tree in a spacious room, or some neatly-arranged succulents on a table top.
Unfortunately, not every plant goes well in any space – not because their care requirements are not being met – but rather, because they simply don’t fit with a space’s overall look and vibe.
The good news, however, is that there are plants that look as though they were designed to fit a specific aesthetic, some of which are listed below:
Modern / Contemporary
Modern / Contemporary interiors are known for their simplicity, masterful use of negative space, using texture over color, and clean lines.
Because of this, it’s best to use plants that complement these elements, such as large elephant ears and bird of paradise plants. Both hailing from tropical regions, these plants are all easy to care for, and act as a stunning centerpiece to any modern / contemporary-style space.
Characterized by its predominant use of white walls, bright light, wood floors, cozy furniture, and minimalist decor, Scandinavian-themed interiors are all the rage these days. This is not at all surprising, as Scandinavian interiors are known to look clean, feel fresh to the eyes, and exude copious amounts of hygge or warmth and coziness.
If you live in a Scandi-style home, try to get the dragon tree, the snake plant, philodendrons, and the ever-popular Monstera deliciosa as living decor. Not only do these plants thrive in the bright light of a Scandi-style home, their sleek and clean silhouettes and bright colors also add visual impact to the space they're in.
Industrial-style interiors have a very distinct harsh and masculine look to them, all thanks to several elements like dark and moody colors, and a preference for certain materials like raw concrete, unfinished wood, and metal.
Some of the plants that complement this type of aesthetic include classics like cast iron plants, birds of paradise, rubber trees, as well as palms and philodendrons. These plants add a touch of color to the space, not to mention soften an otherwise harsh-looking environment.
Rustic / Farmhouse
Designed to emulate a classic country home, rustic and farmhouse-style interiors are characterized by a lot of wooden furniture, rugged finishes, tan and brown colors, and an abundance of woven textiles.
Rustic and farmhouse-style interiors are popular among homeowners today, mainly because they exude a palpable sense of warmth and comfort that can't be found in other aesthetics.
To further amp up its charm, try adding lush foliage plants like ferns or spider plants to high shelves, as well as potted ficus plants, crotons, ZZ plants, and scheffleras near bright windows. These plants will help add texture to the space, as well as add pops of bright color to an otherwise neutral canvas.
A design style that gained prominence in the 1960s, the Mid-Century Modern aesthetic is characterized by the extensive use of muted tones, mixing and matching organic and synthetic materials, pops of vibrant color, and integration of outdoor and indoor motifs.
Some of the plants that are perfect for this style include classics like bromeliads, fiddle leaf fig trees, olive trees, selloum plants, Monstera deliciosa, and prayer plants.
Despite what others might think, it’s actually quite easy to integrate plants into your existing space. You just have to make sure that they echo your space’s current aesthetics, or offer interesting contrasts to some of its present elements. It would also help if you use pots and containers with clean and classic silhouettes which can easily match any interior design style.
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