Perhaps your home already contains a large amount of greenery, or maybe you're interested in starting a cactus shelf. Chances are, though, that you're curious about houseplants and wanting to learn more. Whatever your planting history may be, we want to introduce you to a new concept: plant design. It's the art and science of improving an interior by using plants — nature's own design objects — to create a more aesthetic, physically and psychologically healthy space.
Rather than squeezing plants into a room here and there, take a leap of faith and design your interiors 'plant first'. Give the green foliage a leading role in your home, and let the furniture follow suit. The end result will be both strikingly attractive and prompt a renewed sensation of peace and calm.
Plant Design Masterclasses
There are many different ways to think about interior design in a way that's 'plant first'. To help you get started, and because there's no such thing as too much inspiration, we've brought together experts in the field of plant design to share their secrets in enlightening video masterclasses. Biophilic designer Alexander Bond explains how to use plants in your interior to reconnect with nature, plant designer Philip van Traa explains how to get the "wow factor" with indoor planting, and Rose and Caro from planting installation studio Ro Co share their tips on how to decorate creatively with plants.
Plants are a joy to behold, and they have serious positive effects on our mental wellbeing. Take inspiration for your plant design project from the green oasis inside this yurt, which practically guarantees a calm and restful night's sleep. Then, to get started in your own home, choose your personal favourite from our list of remarkable plants and create a showstopping statement for your interior.
Do it yourself
We've collected 6 tips to get you started with plant design and on the journey to creating a home where you and your plants can flourish. If you're already a plant aficionado and are looking to go one step further, check out our guide to creating your very own paradise jungle interior. If you're worried you don't have the space for plants, fear not, we've written a list of hacks for plant design in small spaces.
If you're excited about plant design, then keep an eye on our website over the coming months for more inspiration and how-to guides, follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest for regular planting updates, and share your plant design successes with us using #thejoyofplants.