Houseplants bring life and color to indoor living spaces. No matter the size, shape or species, plants add a touch of living art to any room they grace. Almost as important as the plants themselves are the pots in which they are planted. Most garden centers and nurseries sell their plants in ugly plastic pots, which do nothing for a home's decor. With a few simple tips, decorative plant pots add eye-catching detail to your home.
Potted houseplants prefer that their soil remain on the dry side of moist, and cannot tolerate sitting in saturated soil. If your plant pot has drainage holes on the bottom, place a saucer under the pot to prevent the overflow of water from damaging your home's furniture or flooring. If your pots do not have drainage holes, you can either drill holes into them or fill the bottom 3 to 4 inches of the pot with pea gravel before filling them with potting mix, so that the excess water will drain down and away from the roots.
Eco-friendly plant pots are ideal for people who are environmentally conscious, or who decorate their homes with things that are not harmful to the environment. Nurseries and gardening centers carry flower pots made from 100 percent recycled rubber and others made of corn. They are durable, and come in a variety of colors to match many decors.
Metal plant pots come in a variety of colors and finishes, to match almost any home's decor. If your metal pot is unusually large or heavy, place an already-potted plant inside it, so that it will be easier to move should you decide to rearrange your room. Always make sure the inner pot is a few inches shorter than the metal pot so that the inner pot is not visible.
Clay pots--also known as terracotta pots--are pinkish orange in color, are perhaps the most recognized type of flower pot. These pots go well with Southwestern and country decor. Terracotta pots are inexpensive, and most come with saucers to catch excess water. If you have a creative streak, paint your terra cotta pots with acrylic paints to match the decor or season.
Using Household Items
Depending on your home's decor, unconventional containers double as decorative plant pots. Old cooking pots or butter churns used as plant pots add charm to homes decorated with a country theme. A plant in the bell of a tuba placed in the foyer of a musician's home is a whimsical conversation starter.
Whatever type of decorative plant pots you choose, size is important. The pot should be proportional to the plant that it will house. A large plant in a small pot looks unbalanced and top heavy. A small plant in a large pot looks lost and bare. Repot your plants into new decorative pots if they grow and look disproportional to their current container.