One of the key characteristics of mid-century modern decor is the presence of indoor plants. Bringing the outdoors into your living space with that classic touch of greenery encourages a sense of continuity from the outside world to the inside of the home. Luckily incorporating plants into your home is one of the easiest ways to give your space that mid mod look.
Plants can go pretty much anywhere in your home, from your kitchen to your bathroom! Beyond the obvious placements, there are some unique ways to incorporate greenery into your living space.
Decorate a Cart
While traditionally you’d find a bar cart at home, plant carts are quickly gaining popularity. They’re a great way to add many plants to your home without taking up a lot of space. Just make sure to group similar plants together, paying attention to plant height and what varieties need sun versus a little more shade.
Plants are beautiful on their own, but you can make a statement with your choice of a planter. A bright color can liven up a dreary room or you can stick with a simple color like white, black, or terracotta that doesn’t compete with the plant. Look for fun shapes and interesting textures to add that special touch to your decor.
Running out of surfaces to set your plants on? Look up! Plant hangers are the perfect solution if you don’t have a ton of space or have a big open floor plan. Hang it from the ceiling or on the wall anywhere in your home to add that splash of green in an unexpected way. This is also a helpful trick if you have a pet that loves to snack on those leafy greens.
One of the best hanging plants is the ever-so-viny pothos. The vines can extend the length of the room and can even be wrapped around light fixtures, mirrors, and other furniture.
If your plants love sunlight, the windowsill is the natural choice for their home. It’s a spot you may not typically think to decorate. However, be careful of extremes. Strong air conditioning flow, a fireplace, or heat from cooking may damage your plants. They thrive in a consistent environment so position them away from these risks.
Great Plant Varieties
So you know where to put your plants, but there are so many to choose from! Depending on your availability to care for your plants or the look you want to achieve in your space, there are different varieties to consider.
Trees and Leafy Plants
The quintessential plant choice for a midcentury modern room is the fiddle leaf fig, but don’t limit yourself to just one option! Consider other options like a monstera, snake plant, dracaena, or a pothos.
Succulents and Cacti
Do you want to have plants around your home but you’re worried about keeping them alive? Succulents require very little water, sunlight, and maintenance. They can be very forgiving if you don’t have a green thumb as they are resilient and strong.
Little air plants are the perfect finishing touch in any room. They do not require soil to stay alive; just soak them in water every few weeks and keep them out of direct sunlight.
Benefits of Indoor Plants
Research shows that we spend roughly 90 percent of our time indoors, so incorporating plants into your home is essential. Not only are they beautiful, but they can boost your health and well-being as well!
Growing Your Own Fresh Air
Plants are excellent at removing air toxins including cleaning products, paint, mold, and mildew. They also replace carbon dioxide with fresh oxygen, allowing you to breathe in more purified air. The bigger the leaves, the more work these plants will do for you!
The NASA Clean Air Study showed that having one plant per 100 square feet of a home is extremely beneficial. However, studies have shown that filling as little as two percent of a room will already make a positive impact on air quality and humidity!
Boosting Your Mood
Plants are great at boosting creativity and productivity, so adding them to your office space is a must. They can improve your focus and decrease levels of depression and anxiety, making it easier to get work done.
Caring for plants has also been proven to reduce psychological and physiological stress. Lowered stress levels can have many positive effects on your health like improved sleep, lowered blood pressure, and leveled cortisol levels.
Providing Natural Artwork
Plants are available in a host of shapes, forms, textures, and colors, making it easy to select varieties that are perfect for your style. They are not just accessories for your space but can be an integral design element.
We hope we’ve inspired you to go out and find some plants for your space. Incorporating plants into your home is a fun and beautiful gift that keeps on giving!