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Have you ever walked through your front door only to be confronted with a space that just needs a little something… extra? It's not the lighting, you already have an area rug, and your gallery wall has been expertly hung since last year. News flash: That "something extra" is plants. Every home décor enthusiast knows that an artfully placed herb garden, potted succulent, or fiddle-leaf fig lends new life to a room and can make a space feel truly homey—especially for greenery-deprived urbanites.
With the help of some of our favorite IKEA products, we've compiled four easy and unexpected ways to incorporate plants in every corner of your home (no green thumb required)!
Think of your living room as Plant HQ: This is the space where greenery can (and should) have the most impact. It's what greets guests first, where you'll do most of your entertaining, and—on the flip side—where you'll spend the most time watching Netflix. Opt for tall trees that draw the eye upward and out to your view; bring in succulents that can be nestled into shelving or used to create staggered tableaus on bookcases or a dedicated plant stand; utilize a leafy fern as a focal point on a side table or stool. Keep in mind how much light your space receives when buying each plant, as well as whether or not you'll be able to mist and water them as needed to keep them happy and healthy—nothing is more depressing than a room full of dying plants!
Your bedroom should be a sanctuary, especially if it doubles as your workspace. Opt for something low-maintenance that won't require too much watering, like a cactus or a snake plant. Dressers can be dressed up with potted succulents and botanicals woven in among your tchotchkes, boxes, and small-storage items. Each nightstand deserves its own something special, or you could opt for a bedside tree. A row of plants in a windowsill is a great idea for urbanites who don't get the luxury of a backyard, but it might be too overwhelming if you have a patio or porch with greenery to tend to as well.
The kitchen is a great place to create an herb garden, even if you don't cook—rosemary happens to look as good as it tastes (and smells). Mix thyme, basil, and mint plants together near a windowsill where they'll receive enough light, or keep them on a cart that provides additional storage (you'll need somewhere to keep your herb-trimming scissors, after all). Orchids and other statement-making blooms create a big impact without hogging counter space, but try to steer clear of statement-making leafy greens—a large tree might obstruct the flow of foot traffic or just get in the way while you dance around during meal prep.
PATIO or BACKYARD
What better spot for some overflowing foliage than your patio? Even if your "patio" is just a porch, you're going to be inclined to go all out in this space. Just be sure to have a backup plan if you live in an area where plants can't live outdoors year-round! Mix bamboo with stockier plants to create a true urban jungle; cacti and potted succulents can help round out the look. Flank a bench with palms to create an inspired reading nook, or incorporate potted cypress into your outdoor dining tablescape for a refined look that's sure to impress guests.
IKEA Chamaecyparis Potted Plant, False Cypress ( $7.99 )
Tell us: Are you ready to go green?