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10+ Best Plant Placement Ideas

Surrounding yourself with indoor plants help lower stress level, but finding the correct plant placements can be tricky unless you can find a perfect balance!

Some popular plant placement ideas include windowsills or by the window, patio planters, top of the cabinet, entry tables, dedicated plant corners, display stands, stairwell corners, reading desks, etc.

Read on to find out what plants are ideally suited for which locations in the house.

10+ Indoor Plant Placement Ideas

Many houseplants are small-scale treasures that add to the decor and cleanse pollutants from the indoor air.

So, you should begin by finding a correct placement, appropriately sized pots, and types of plants (sun-loving or low-light plants).

Here is a list of a few popular placements for decorating your indoor plants, as recommended by interior decorators and plant parents.

1. Open Windowsill

The windowsill is the most utilized space in any home, where you often find books, coffee mugs, and collectibles.

It can be the best place to keep your sun-loving houseplants that will immensely benefit from the filtered light coming through a window.

However, be wary about placing large, heavy pots that may risk falling over.

Plantophiles recommend growing succulents (Snake plant, Spider plant, and Cacti), Pilea Pepromiodes, Monstera Obliqua, Pelargoniums, herbs, and Money Trees on the window sill.

These plants would effortlessly grow in small planters or decorative pots that would look great on the windowsill.

plants on window
Placing the plants near the east-facing window saves them from harsh light.

We recommend using a set of succulent ceramic planters or plastic planter pots in different sizes.

2. Hang Plants Up High

Hanging plants by the ceiling is probably the best way to save floor space without compromising on greenery.

If you have ample high-ceiling space, you should consider adding up hanging plants, mostly trailing plants.

Filling up the ceiling also draws eyes up with a stunning display.

However, be wary about hooks and hanging planters as they are prone to fall over or drip.

Here is how to go about hanging plants on the ceiling.

You are advised to use cachepots for plants that drain more water.

3. Earthen Patio Planters

Patios are one of the least explored places in the house regarding growing houseplants.

Yes, a patio with a small table and chair looks elegant, but do not undermine the value plants can add to the empty deck!

Using different patio planter placement ideas, you can revamp your patio with various species in a hanging basket or planters.

Talking about planters, placing large sun-loving plants on the patio in large earthen pots may give the best result.

Choose from Dwarf Palm Trees, Philadelphus, and Hostas to herbs, succulents, and flowering species as favorite patio plants.

Similarly, choose large and durable pots for your plants, such as a Recycled wood garden planter, Lightweight concrete round planter, All-weather planter set, and English-styled classic planter.

4. Fill Open Shelves

The empty walls are best occupied with shelves for storing collectibles, decorative items, books, and especially plants.

You can bring the wall shelves to life by mixing different sizes and colors of plants ranging from Azaleas, Pothos, Peace Lilies, Dracaena, and Mother-in-law’s Tongue.

It would help if you were wary about maintaining a balance when placing plants on the shelves.

You need not add only plants to the shelves that make it look like a mini-jungle; instead, create a mix of books, collectibles, decor, and RGB lights to bring some balance.

5. Create a Plant Corner

If you possess an empty corner in your house or by the window, you should use it to grow various plants!

You can bring your empty corner alive by adding small to big planters, hanging baskets, and plant shelves topped with overhead lighting.

Houseplants love to be gathered in the same place where they can exchange humidity and warm temperature to thrive, so it’s a Win-Win.

  • Place your plants by the window and add filter blinds to protect them from sun scalding.
  • If the corner is rather dark, consider adding full-spectrum LED lighting.
  • If the indoor air is relatively warm, consider adding plant humidifiers to boost the relative humidity level.
  • The big plants and large planters should naturally go in the back, making way for small plants.
  • Smaller plants can be placed on an indoor plant display stand.
Choose perfect indoor, air-purifying plants like Palm Plants, Rubber Trees, Fiddle Leaf Figs, Bird of Paradise, ZZ Plants, and Dracaenas that thrive in low to medium light.

6. Window Companions

If you own sun-loving plants or partial-shade lovers, choosing the place by the window may be the best idea.

The vacant window places around the house, such as in the bathroom, kitchen, living room, or bedroom, can become true plant havens.

Pothos placed by the window
Pothos look great when placed by the window.

Place sun-loving plants like Jade, Hibiscus, and a String of Pearls in front of the east or south-facing window where they can bask in the sun.

Move partial-shade-loving plants like Crotons, Monstera, Philodendron, and Calathea beside the window where they can enjoy the bright light without worrying about sun scalding.

Otherwise, use filter blinds on your window to reduce the amount of sunlight that would reach your light-sensitive plants.

Be loud and bold with large windows by placing big earthen planters for Fiddle Leaf Figs, Rubber Plants, and Dracaenas.

7. Above the Fireplace

The fireplace is often the focal point in any living room because it boasts a commanding presence. You can soften up this space by introducing some green to create a perfect balance.

Place an assortment of succulents and ornamental plants on the fireplace mantel and a painting and collectibles to make it look vibrant.

However, be wary of large plants that may look overwhelming. Most fireplace mantels cannot hold large plants; therefore, moderately-sized accent plants will be the best choice!

Moreover, you can give a painting-like appearance to your dormant fireplace by placing a nice-looking Fern or Philodendron inside so it does not look hauntingly empty!

8. Stairway to Heaven

Staircases are the most elegant part of any home; adding some plants can increase its grandeur.

Even Vasu Shashtra, the famous Indian architecture system, also recommends placing air-purifying plants on the staircase at the house’s southwest side.

Adding an elegant-looking houseplant in the stairwell corner will make it look fuller.

Remember, the bigger the staircase, the larger the plants; hence, choose tall potted plants for each alternative slab on the stairs.

Swiss Cheese, Dragon, or Corn Plants are some ideal choices.

Otherwise, you can queue up small ornamental plants on each staircase slab, including Fern, Philodendron, Arrowhead, Aralia, and Croton.

9. Rustic Kokedamas

Kokedamas means “moss ball,” which represents Japanese creation.

It is a ball of soil wrapped with moss that does not need a pot to hold and is suspended in the air using nylon wire fixes.

Hung up high, they draw your eyes toward their unique shape.

You can grow almost every small houseplant, like Pothos, Peace Lily, Anthurium, Dracaena, Philodendron, and Fern, on the Kokedamas.

However, beware of its watering need because Kokedamas require more moisture than their potted counterparts.

Whenever the ball feels light, you can submerge it in water and hang them up to dry.

10. Overhead Planters

Go with an overhead planter that works in any room with a high ceiling.

The overhead planter works the same as hanging the plants on the ceiling; however, your overhead planter will require a large rack to hold multiple plants.

Most homeowners install an overheard planter just above their dining table where they can bask in a jungle-like environment while dining.

You can grow almost every houseplant in the overhead planter, including climbers like Devil’s Ivy and Pothos.

Do not forget to incorporate ambient or task lighting under the overheard planter rack to light the dining table.

11. Top of the Cabinet

For homeowners with empty cabinets around the house, topping them off with some ornamental plants may be a great idea.

The cabinet tops are usually never utilized or disposed of as an empty space; placing a lovely ornamental plant above the plain-looking will enhance the overall decor.

dracaena fragrans on table
Consider topping the cabinet with an ornamental houseplant.

Choose ornamental, fragrant, or air-purifier plants like the Scented Geranium Plant, English Ivy, White Jasmine, Golden Pothos, Lavender, and Chinese Evergreen.

However, consider how much space you have and the natural lighting the cabinet top gets before deciding to place the plant.

Most houseplants can fit in a 5-10″ pot and only need a medium to bright light with ample humidity!

12. Get Creative with Terrariums

Terrariums are not just glass containers to grow selected plants but also quite handy interior decor items.

They are used to grow small plants and creatures that do not adapt well to a typical home atmosphere.

However, you can make the best out of them by growing a variety of small plants in the terrarium and placing them in strategic locations around the house.

Placing a terrarium on a coffee, side table, or kitchen desk works quite well.

You can also display a collection of terrariums on the shelves to create a unique terrarium corner in the home.

Choose from plants like Ferns, Dwarf Palms, Tillandsia Xerographica, Succulents, and Peperomia that grow well in enclosed environments.

Wrapping Up

House plant placement ideas come in handy to display your indoor plants to their best potential.

Arrange the indoor plants in odd numbers selecting various plant sizes and leaf shapes. You can also include plants with colorful leaves and use plenty of decorative pots. 

Also, do not forget to care for houseplants after placing them indoors.