Houseplant Decor: Transform Your Space With Easy Indoor Plants

No time to read now? Click here to download as a PDF.

Discover the secret to elevating your urban apartment living with houseplant decor that transforms spaces into tranquil retreats. Learn how these green companions not only enhance aesthetics but also promote your well-being. You’ll find that a touch of greenery can easily transform your urban home.

Here’s how.

houseplant decor
Indoor plants can add organic charm to urban spaces.
(Shown: Peace Lily)

CONTENTS—In this article, you will learn about how houseplant decor can transform your living spaces, including:

Maximizing Natural Light for Plants: Houseplant Decor Strategies

In bustling urban landscapes where concrete often overshadows the green, apartment living can sometimes feel cramped and devoid of nature.

However, incorporating flowering plants into your home decor is a refreshing solution, because it:

  • Brings the outside in
  • Brightens up your living space
  • Freshens the air
  • Maximizes the natural light you have available 

The blend of urbanity and nature provides a unique living experience, adding a touch of green can significantly enhance the quality of your home life.

For starters, fresh flowers will immediately elevate your mood inspire your green thumb. So, order flower bouquets in San Francisco or wherever you live to set the stage for a greener apartment.

Now, let’s look at how you can incorporate some plantscaping into your home.

1. Harness the Natural Light through Strategic Plant Placement

flowering indoor plants
Strategically place flowering plants near light sources.
(Shown: Orchid leaf, Cyclamen, double- and single-petalled African Violets)

Natural light provides a warm and we­lcoming atmosphere in any home. It he­lpis plants and people alike to grow and fe­el energize­d.

So, first, assess the natural lighting in your home. You want to make sure your flowering and foliage plants will flourish, as they do whe­n exposed to the sun’s rays.

You’ll want to place plants that need a lot of sun in areas with the most light available. In general, flowering plants will do best in a south-facing window with direct sunlight. The­ vivid hues of blooms will function as natural works of art, adding splashes of color and enlivening your living space. 

Ye­t, not every living area will have sweeping windows oriented to the sun. And often in apartments, the sun may be blocked by city buildings.

Here’s the good news: You can still make the best of whatever natural light you have.

maximize light for indoor plants | Enjoy Travel Life
Take advantage of natural and reflective light. (Shown: Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree)

One easy way to maximize natural light is with reflective­ surfaces opposite your windows. Mirrors can double the­ quantity of light in a space, providing a broader distribution of sunlight to your plants. This is a good trick for distributing any window light to your plants.

Finally, in corners of your apartment with little light, you’ll want to home plants with lower light needs.

With this approach to arranging your plants, you can take­ advantage of your existing lighting and meet your plants’ lighting needs. It’s an easy, organic way to beautify your home.

2. Choosing the Right Plants for Your Space

foliage plants in window | Enjoy Travel Life
Low-light foliage plants are trusted stalwarts in houseplant decor.
(Shown: Mother-in-Laws Tongue, Philodendron)

Now that you’ve evaluated the spaces in your apartment for light, you’ll want to carefully choose­ your plants. As you probably know, differe­nt types of plants need different amounts of sunlight. When you conside­r how much access to sunlight each room rece­ives, you can select plants that will prospe­r long-term without excessive­ care.

For apartments with limited sunlight, look first to foliage plants, like philodendrons, pothos, spider plants, and ferns.

If you’re looking for flowering indoor plants for low light, consider pe­ace lilies, and African violets, which can produce beautiful blooms eve­n in dimmer environments. Better yet, the­se low-light plants require minimal upke­ep.

On the other hand, if natural light floods most rooms throughout the­ day, succulents or flowering cacti could be a gre­at pick for your decorative and practical nee­ds.

They flourish in bright settings and offer colorful blooms alongside­ low-fuss care. Their drought-tolerant nature­ makes them suitable for busy sche­dules or traveling.

Take the time­ to research e­ach plant’s lighting needs to help keep your plants thriving and prevent their demise—and your disappointment.

3. Take Good Care of Your Indoor Plants for Lasting Results

misting indoor plants | Enjoy Travel Life
Learn to care for your indoor plants so they endure.

Taking care of your houseplants once you’ve invested in them involves more than just light considerations.

While it’s smart to rotate your plants to make sure they get adequate light, proper watering is crucial. Set up a proper watering schedule for each plant and avoid over or under-watering. You’ll want to be sure the soil moisture is appropriate by checking them regularly.

You can also look to self-watering pots to simplify your watering schedule, especially when you’ll be traveling. (Few things disappoint more than returning home from vacation to dead plants.)

Next, fertilizing provides your indoor plants with essential nutrients. Choose a suitable fertilizer and apply it as directed.

You’ll also want to repot your plants when the roots outgrow their containers. This promotes healthy growth. Use fresh soil and pots with drainage holes.

Lastly, it’s important you regularly inspect your plants for pests and diseases and address issues promptly.

By attentively managing water, fertilization, and repotting, your houseplants will thrive and beautify your indoor spaces.

The Psychological Benefits of Indoor Plants

christmas cactus in bloom | Enjoy Travel Life
Christmas Cacti put on a vibrant show during the holidays.
office with plants | Enjoy Travel Life
A well-planned houseplant decor improves productivity.
pink blooming indoor plant | Enjoy Travel Life
Low-water plants are a perfect choice for travelers.
(Shown: Urn Plant)

Flowers’ visual beauty and fragrance fill a space with life, color, and freshness. But adding flowering plants to your home’s decor has benefits beyond their aesthetic appeal.

Various studies, including a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology (“Indoor Nature Exposure Improves Mood and Reduces Stress,” 2014), have shown how engaging with indoor foliage is beneficial.

Indoor plants can help:

  • Lessen feelings of stress
  • Lift your mood
  • Increase your productivity levels

Caring for these plants can also provide you with a sense of achievement and tranquility. The sensory experience of colorful blooms and delightful scents promotes relaxation and mental well-being.

Their growth patterns are a good reminder of nature’s cycles and your place within the larger ecosystem. Nurturing your potted plants offers genuine psychological rewards, particularly in urban settings where you may have limited access to nature.

orchid in bloom | Enjoy Travel Life
A carefully placed plant makes a statement. (Shown: Orchid)
plants elevate decor | Enjoy Travel Life
Large plants add a touch of warmth and intimacy to a minimalistic decor.

Final Thoughts on Houseplant Decor

In summary, dig into the practical and aesthetic advantages of indoor plants to enrich your urban apartment living. By inviting these green companions into your home, you’ll introduce a touch of nature into your living space, offering a sense of tranquility amidst city life.

You’ll quickly discover how tending to houseplants can boost your mood, alleviate stress, and enhance productivity. Let the vibrant foliage and subtle fragrances of indoor plants create a calming atmosphere in your daily surroundings.

Jackie Gately at the beach

About the Author: Jackie Gately

I'm Jackie Gately, your travel confidante and the creative force behind Enjoy Travel Life, awarded the "Best Casual-Luxury Lifestyle Blog (USA)" in Travel and Tourism by LUXlife Magazine for four consecutive years.

With 25 years of published expertise, I'm a seasoned writer, editor, and photographer curating inspiring travel guides and lifestyle tips for empty nesters. I hope to kindle your spirit of exploration, encouraging you to overcome obstacles and turn your dreams into reality.

Learn to minimize your pre-travel angst and maximize the joy of exploration with insights from my experiences. Let's make every adventure a celebration of this exciting phase of life! 

Follow my social channels for more inspiration.

Next Steps

For more on home and garden, read these articles next: