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10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

10 unique ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories

The Urban Jungle trend has been sprouting for the past couple of years now, encouraging people to turn their homes into peaceful retreats from the overly digitalised and stressful outside world. But it would be an understatement to say that this rediscovered greenery obsession is merely a trend. Houseplant lovers report their way of life to be therapeutic and helping them bring more mindfulness into their busy schedules. Health benefits of living with plants might be obvious to many, but its effect on our mood and the way we perceive the environment are something green-fingered folks have been enthusiastically preaching on their Instagram accounts and blogs lately. Yes, the Gram has become the go-to place for all houseplant enthusiasts to share daily images of their beautifully styled green babies, so don’t let the staggering numbers of posts tagged with #urbanjungglebloggers or #houseplantclub surprise you.

Being surrounded with plants makes us feel relaxed and more tuned to nature, but also gives us something to nurture and care about. Regardless of their relatively low price tags, when skillfully styled, houseplants become highly coveted decor. No matter if you lean towards the Boho, Scandinavian, Mid-century Modern, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Minimalist or Eclectic style, adding a couple of green roommates to keep you company will do wonders in providing texture and softness to the space.

Here are our tips and tricks on how to style houseplants with vintage accessories.

 

  1. Dress them up in eye candy planters

 

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

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Keep in mind that finding the right planter is just as important as choosing the plant itself. Selecting a perfect match for you green fellow is essential to emphasize its beauty, but won’t be enough to awe unless you consider the aesthetic of the entire room first. Let the interior style be your guide and use the pot as an opportunity to pull the room together by featuring an accent colour or your favourite pattern.

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Belen Flower Pot Shadow

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Stina Flower Pot Driftwood Ø13×16 Cm

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Retro Herb Pots

2. Make use of plant stands to save space

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One of the ever-popular ways to style plants is by using plant stands. These versatile beauties can be very decorative (especially when made of rattan), but also provide flexibility in plant styling if space is at a premium.

Multilevel stands are a perfect choice for adding depth to your plant displays, but to make the most of your minicollection make sure to vary the heights and shapes of the plants.

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Vintage Bamboo & Rattan Side Table Or Plant Stand, 1980s

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Very Cool Mid Century Vintage Rattan Bamboo 3 Tiered Plant Stand Excellent Condition

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Vintage Round Plant Stand Plant Table Planter Scandinavian Design

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Medium Sized Mid Century Plant Stands In Oak, Sapele And Walnut

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Tiered Plant Stand

3. Create a perfect plant shelfie

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Image credit: @friederikchen

When styling your shelves, start with the largest items such as books and personal trinkets that carry the most visual weight and then usher in the plants to bring the display to life. Mix trailing and upright species to create a dynamic and make sure to balance them properly, so they don’t end up looking disjointed. Don’t be afraid to play with the negative space; just don’t cover every available spot as the display will quickly turn into clutter.

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Small Wooden Shelf Unit

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Set Of 6 Hexagon Shelves Hexagon Shelf Geometric Shelf Plant Shelf Crystal Shelf Wall Shelf Shelves Wall Decor

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Victorian Oriental Bamboo Bookcase / Display Shelf Intricate Paper Pattern

4. Decorate in vignettes

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

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But why stop at shelfies when you can enjoy the vignettes all across your space? These tiny setups create charming focal points and can be used to tell visual stories about your life and adventures. Mix the plants with your travel souvenirs, mismatched details, figurines, favourite books or handmade objects.

Just keep this in mind: varying the materials, shapes and heights of the objects is key to creating the most flattering vignettes.

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Stunning Marble Bust Of A Roman Youth

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Kähler, Denmark, Large Art Deco Glazed Stoneware Vase In Modern Design

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Handpainted Botanical Print, Mid Century Tallboy

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Midcentury Sitting Cheetah Made Of Molded Ceramic, Marked X.My

5. Use plants to style the fireplace

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

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Sitting at eye level, the fireplace mantle is one of the most convenient focal points a room can have. If you are lucky enough to own one of these elegant period pieces in your living room, use it as a nook for nurturing your plant gang. And when the fireplace is not being used, fill its heart with the lush greenery.

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Pair Of Palm Tree Fixtures Handmade In Brass By Maison Jansen

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Collection Antique French Provencal Confit Pots

6. Go large

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Image credit: Anouk the Kleermaeker

Use large plants and trees to create drama. A properly selected oversized potted plant can sometimes be a more powerful statement piece than any furniture or artwork. Go for the Monstera deliciosa, Fiddle leaf fig, Ficus tree, Birds of paradise or some tall cacti, and watch as the room blooms into a vibrant oasis.

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Pair Of Vintage Regency Style Concrete Planters

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Aksel Kjersgaard Rosewood Planter

7. Throw a party

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

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Nothing says urban jungle like a merry group of plant buddies. Go wild with mixing and matching. But don’t forget to always think in uneven numbers and contrast them in terms of colour, shapes and height.

Bonus tip: By keeping plants with similar needs together, you can create an ideal microclimate for their growth and simplify your watering routine.

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Josephia Flower Pot Antique Black Ø17×16 Cm

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Hettie Flower Pot Silver Peony Ø19×15 Cm

8. Plants in high places

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Image source: Jessica Brigham

Place a trailing plant on top of the shelving unit or the wardrobe and instantly create a sense of added space. The greenery will draw the eye upwards and make the room feel taller. And if there is no furniture around, use a hanging planter to establish your floating interior garden.

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Mid Century Scandinavian Modern Wall Unit / Shelf System In Teak

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Late 19th Century Ormolu Antique Planter In China Style

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Large Ceramic Hanging Planter

9. Think outside the box

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

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To put a little spin on your urban jungle game, play around the kitchen, bathroom or bedroom to find out how they sit with the wild jungle spirit. Just be true to your taste and needs and remember – there is no such thing as too many plants!

If it fits, it sits.

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Black North Shelf Set

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

3 Tier Bamboo And Cane Plant Stand, 1970s

10. Use plants to make the small space feel large

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Image credit: @mila_jestcafe

To open up a small room and give it a visual breather, think vertical. In a cramped space, any arrangement that draws the eye up will be a game changer. Plants attached to the wall, plant hangers, high-placed shelves or simply a tall houseplant – as long as it emphasizes the upright surface, will do!

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

Upcycled Gold Wall Mounted Hands, Plant Holder, Candle Holder, Wall Art, Eclectic Decor

10 ways to style houseplants using vintage accessories | Vinterior

1930s Art Deco Brass And Wooden Plant Stand Of Piedestal

 

Now tell us, how many houseplants you currently own? We are curious to know.

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