Houseplants can add a living element to many spaces within your home. Once you have determined the amount of natural light you have and how much care you can provide, you can transform a cold, uninviting space into a lush comforting retreat that you and your guests can enjoy. Buy healthy-looking plants that are visibly free of pests to get the best start for decorating with houseplants.
Make notes of the natural light in each room of your house that you'd like to add plants to. Different varieties of plants have differing light and humidity needs to grow well.
Determine what areas of each room can house a plant. Make notes of bookshelf heights, floor space and counter space.
Look at the overall decor of your home and decide what style containers you want to use to coordinate with your existing look.
Make your purchases. Buy a variety of plants and decorative planters in different sizes, along with potting soils and drainage dishes to place under the pots.
Place small plants on the kitchen counter top. Violets do well beneath under-counter lights or small counter top lamps, and pothos plants look great on top of a refrigerator or over cabinets and do well in lower lights.
Place large palm tree plants, ficus or rubber tree plants near a window in the living room to create a lush backdrop for furniture.
Use a traditional wicker plant stand to hold a low-light loving Boston fern in a kitchen breakfast nook or den.
Create interest on a bookshelf or mantel with small low-light plants like a spider plant or pothos.
Dress up a bathroom tub area with a tall standing mother-in-law's tongue plant that does well with little light and minimal watering or pot changes.
Create a desert oasis in a sunny window with a grouping of cactus plants in a shallow container filled with cactus soil, sand and decorative gravel.
Top a sunny bedside table with a jade plant in a decorative container to match your bedroom linens or furniture style. For darker bedrooms, use English ivy under a table lamp to add some life to the room.