Living with plants

My three-bedroom house is currently home to 63 indoor plants, of varying sizes and styles. That's mostly because I run a property styling business and when the houses I style sell, my plants come back home until their next assignment. During busy months I can be left with only a handful of plants at home and that's when I realise how much I miss living with them.

Before becoming a stylist I never had plants in my home. I think I killed a few and gave up trying (i'm definately not a natural green-finger!) Having now worked and lived with plants everyday i've become very attached - not only to their beauty, but also to their ability to solve many a styling challenge. The power of the humble plant is endless. They add texture, interest, colour, height...


Here's a few quick tips for how to use the styling power of plants in your own home : )


Plants are useful for creating a focal point in a part of a room that doesn't require or have space for furniture. They become a place for the eye to rest.

 A plant was the perfect solution for this corner spot - the height of the pot and plant combined, create presence in the room. Yet the choice of a Palm - which has open, soft foliage - means the overall effect is light and un-imposing.

A plant was the perfect solution for this corner spot - the height of the pot and plant combined, create presence in the room. Yet the choice of a Palm - which has open, soft foliage - means the overall effect is light and un-imposing.


Get creative with how and where you place your plants. If you don't have a shelf, table or sideboard - try hanging them off a ladder or from a ceiling or wall hook. Plants whose foliage prefer to hang are best for this. 

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Plants come in varying shades of green so consider the 'colour' of your plants when making your selection. The pot your plant sits in is also a great opportunity to introduce colour or texture to a room.

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Some plants have amazing sculptural qualities which you can use to your advantage. In this space, the straight vertical leaves of the 'mother-in-laws-tongue' was the perfect choice to mimic the straight vertical lines of the chimney beside.

 Image courtesy of  Barfoot and Thompson  - styled by Places and Graces

Image courtesy of Barfoot and Thompson - styled by Places and Graces

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The one room that is always improved with the addition of a plant, is bathrooms. A plants naturally organic form is a counter-balance to the man-made surfaces. 

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Create a connection with the outdoors by choosing a plant similar in form and shape to what's in the garden.

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Why stop at one... just like art, there is no such thing as too many plants in a room... or house : )

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kate alexander