This is how you should arrange your indoor plants, according to plant experts

Get inspired to show off your indoor plants.

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There’s something about a beautifully-curated display of indoor plants. Not only does it elevate the space aesthetically, but choosing the right plants also help to keep the air fresh and clean too!

However, things can be a little tricky if you’re living in a small apartment or condominium where space is scarce. Fret not, Sara Dalina and Kerstin McGuire from daun.com.my may just have the solutions we’re looking for. Check out these space-saving plant display ideas that will transform your home into a tropical paradise. 

1. Stand by your plants

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Free up your floors and create an illusion of space by opting for a plant stand instead of buying big, bulky pots. Through this method, you can turn your typical tabletop plant into an eye-catching piece with a stylish stand. Go for a minimalist design to avoid taking the spotlight away from the plants.

2. Wall to wall

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Another amazing idea to grow plants at home without occupying space? Think vertical. A vertical garden is ideal for those who live in a small apartment as the only space you’ll be using is your wall. And what better way to spruce up your home than creating a feature wall filled with greens? Hang a few planters on a brightly-lit wall (you also want to choose a wall that receives the most amount of natural light). Any kind of plants work for that setting, but if you want to take it up a notch, try spilling plants for the maximum effect.

3. Larger than life

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When it comes to indoor plants, homeowners and plant enthusiasts tend to play it safe and choose only the small and dainty ones. Little do they know that large, sizeable plants look as amazing in a small environment — if you do it right. Go for statement plants like the Bird of Paradise and Dragon Tree, and place them in a bright corner (this is important as big plants need an abundance of sunlight to survive) to fill up the space. 

4. A match made in heaven

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If you’re looking to create a green oasis, don’t just settle for one type of plant. You want to have a different variety of heights, shapes and textures to create a lush tropical look. One easy way to achieve this is to mix tall plants like snake plants, trailing plants like silver falls and round plants like money plants that turn into blooming foliage – all coming together for a spellbinding arrangement. 


5. In a favourable light

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Though indoor plants are easy to care for, some species do require proper lighting for them to grow and thrive. And finding the proper lighting is no easy feat as the level of brightness we have in mind might not be enough (or too much) for our precious plants. 

Thankfully, we now have technology that could solve almost anything and everything in the world. Plant experts from daun.com.my suggest downloading this app — LUX Light Meter — on your phone to find the perfect brightness. And what’s more, those apps are free on both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store! Read more about how it works here

6. May the odds be ever in your favour

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There is an unspoken “rule” in design that could either make or break a space, and that is “the rule of three”. And it’s a simple rule, all you need to do is arrange things in odd numbers as they appear to look more appealing and effective than the favourable even numbers. When it comes to plant displays, the same rule applies. Organise your potted plants in threes, fives, sevens or nines, but preferably threes.

7. Hang in there

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The floor, the wall and the table aren’t the only options to showcase your plants. If you’re short on surface, then it’s time to think beyond the obvious: Hang them up. You can either choose to hang it in a macrame plant hanger or go back to basics with a hanging metal stand.

8. Pot of gold

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Sometimes all you need is an upgrade. Ditch those dated pots you bought from the nursery and instead grow your plants in something a little more eye-catching. If the industrial look is what you’re after, pick a concrete pot to complement your space. Or you can add cosiness to your room by growing your plants in a woven basket. Yes, you heard that right. A basket can do so much more than carry your dirty laundry. For a simple and quick upgrade, consider painting your pot a bold colour. Add geometric patterns or bronze finishings for a dramatic effect. 

9. Filler, thriller, spiller

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For plants that you plan to group together in a container, make sure to adopt the filler, thriller and spiller concept:

  • Thriller – They’re usually tall with lots of outstanding qualities to add dramatic effect. Place it right in the centre so they can be viewed from all sides or against the back of a wall.
  • Fillers – They’re finely textured plants that surround the thriller and add overall composition to the look. Position fillers right in front of the container or surround thriller plants to add textural contrast. 
  • Spiller – Next, you need trailing plants that “spill” over the container to soften the edges. Always look for spillers that contrast with the other plants in the container.

10. Fake it till you make it

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For places where natural light are out of reach and you want to decorate your room with green, go artificial. We know it’s not ideal, but hey, at least you won’t have to worry about its health and upbringing. With artificial plants, you can also keep them for as long as you wish. 

11. Up in the air

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If you ever wanted to try your hand at indoor plants but weren’t sure how to care for them or which to start, consider growing air plants. Unlike most indoor plants, they’re relatively easy to care for. Besides, you don’t need soil to grow air plants, which means they can be displayed in all sorts of different locations. Add a creative spin to your air plants by placing them in a terrarium or better yet, frame them up with a nice photo frame. 

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