Do you consider houseplants to be home design accessories, just like your pillows, paintings and curtains? If not, then it’s time to give houseplants another look, according to Indoor Plant Décor co-authors Kylee Baumle and Jenny Peterson.
In fact, the right houseplant can completely change the look of your room… Learn more and enter to win a copy of this book.
All photos courtesy of Indoor Plant Décor.
The co-authors start each chapter with a styleboard of images, which represent a particular style – such as Peaceful Zen, Vintage Vibe or Modern Eclectic. Then they inspire you to recreate this style for your own home, using houseplants.
Also featured are a number of DIY projects, style tips and a quick guide to selecting and caring for plants.
These writers are friends of mine from the social media world. So when I heard about their book, I couldn’t wait to ask them why they designed a style guide for houseplants.
The Rationale for Indoor Plant Décor
As Baumle explains, Indoor Plant Décor was written to help people choose plants that enhance their home’s style as much as other accessories do.
“So many times, houseplants aren’t given much thought,” says Baumle. “Yet, plants have an architectural silhouette, which gives them a style just like furniture and other decorator items. Not to mention, the containers that we grow them in can entirely change a plant’s look.”
All Four Seasons of Indoor Plant Décor
Her co-author Peterson agrees, adding “Indoor Plant Décor shows that you can and should use plants, containers and accessories to accentuate your interior décor, whatever time of year it happens to be.”
Peterson admits that many of us tend to lean towards houseplants more in the fall and winter. “As the weather warms up and we move outside again, we often feel the need to pare down our interiors,” she says. “But plants always provide that sense of home and softness to any interior. Houseplants allow us to bring the outdoors in, so we always feel surrounded by nature.”
Indoor Plant Décor Isn’t Difficult
One of the biggest misconceptions about growing houseplants is that it’s hard to do. But these authors believe there is a plant for everyone, no matter how green (or brown) your thumb may be. The secret is to match houseplants not only with your personal style, but also with your lifestyle, according to Baumle.
“If you have a busy life, choose a plant that thrives on neglect,” says Baumle. “There are a surprising number of plants like this.”
Think Outside the Pot
This book encourages you to challenge your creativity. “There are so many more options with houseplants now,” says Peterson. “We’re not relegated to simply sticking a plant in a pot on the table and calling it good. We have artistic vertical growing systems now, as well as interesting plants like succulents, air plants and tropicals widely available.”
Many different plants are suitable for growing inside, no matter where you live.
“We want our readers to have fun with houseplants, and take risks with them,” says Baumle. “The palette is so big, and there are so many ways to integrate houseplants into our living space. We hope our book will be a jumping off point that inspires other ideas.”
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