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The Biophilic Design

What is Biophilic Design? Well, if we start by defining biophilia, that meaning would be “a human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature.” Here at PLANTZ we translate that to mean bringing the living nature from outside, indoors. What is an example of non-human living things and nature… PLANTS! Now add the word design to the definition, and you get – the human love of nature brought into a design movement within workplaces and homes, to provide a sense of calm while promoting a healthier lifestyle and more productivity in the environment. With that piece of clarity, we want to discuss the Biophilic Design and how you can implement it into your workspace specifically, whether you work from home. If it is an at-home office, or if you are an employer trying to make a better environment for your employees, either of these options can implement the Biophilic Design style and change the whole landscape of their space.

 

Workspace Plant Benefits 

Plants in the office have a multitude of benefits. Studies have shown that plants can significantly affect your employees’ well-being and foster an environment where there is 37% less tension and a decrease of anxiety than other office spaces that do not have plants around.

One of the best things you can do as an employer is to encourage a productive team full of life and a strong work ethic. What if there was a way you could increase that energy just by having a safer and more aesthetic place for your employees to work in, would you do it? The Biophilic Design and the use of indoor plants can help reduce natural fatigue in the office by 38% and increase creativity and productivity by 15%. That means no more lazy and sleepy employees on a regular basis. You heard us right, plants genuinely inspire, and they also make people want to let their creative juices flow and naturally make them more alert and ready for action. The environment around you is one of the most significant factors that determine your motivation, and plants can make your employees want to get more done! By having plants strategically placed in the workspace, you have created an environment that shifts the mindset of employees and puts them in a better headspace to do work and accomplish goals, making your job as a boss a whole lot more comfortable as well.

 

Health Benefits  

Now, let’s talk about the health benefits that plants can bring on as well.

Here are a few things plants can do for your health:

– Plants help fight cold and flu symptoms

Prevent airborne diseases that can cause health problems

Cure headaches by producing more of an oxygen supply

Lower blood pressure, with a reduction of stress this can affect blood pressure by lowering it and directly preventing from some heart disease

– They can prevent against allergens in the air, so a must-have during allergy season

 

Your employee’s health should be a priority for you. Why? Well, healthy employees produce a couple of different things that benefit your business in the long run:

– It means fewer sick days taken so more work out of the year being done

– Less procrastination coming from your team because of that spike in productivity

– You are able to get more goals accomplished in a shorter period of time, but the same quality of work.

Healthy minds are essential, but so are healthy bodies. Good thing indoor plants can help promote that level of health. Many indoor plants can help reduce dust and bacteria in the air. At the same time, it also promotes healthy air circulation, so this is especially great if you work in a confined area, have cubical desks, or are working in the same room as multiple people. Scientists say that for every three people in the office you should have one plant, a three to one ratio and this will then reduce the carbon dioxide levels by at least 20% in the space. The more, the merrier we say, though! Make your office an oasis jungle, one your employees are excited to come to, instead of dreading.

 

More on the Design

The Biophilic Design is not just about plants, though; there are other elements to consider that can make the space more Biophilic Design centered. Choose places with windows and natural light. People commonly unhappy with their jobs work in enclosed spaces with no sunlight. Picking areas with light and windows, proper airflow, and views of natural landscapes outside increase desire to be at work and productivity, not to mention they are all excellent factors for the plant’s health as well; we call that a win-win! Who knew humans were a lot more like plants than we ever realized? Please give us some water, some light, some nutrients, and we are ready to be put to work!

Your office space can be a determining factor for people wanting to work with you. Whether it is a new employee or client, this can make a statement as well. Currently, 47% of workers have no natural light, and 58% have no plants in the workplace. Out of those places, there is less employee retention for the companies that do not have natural light or plants in the office. Turnover employee rate can be detrimental to a business and keep the business from getting things done and being profitable and efficient. Take that into consideration when determining your office space.

 

Beyond the Plants

You can implement the Biophilic Design past just plants, adding any semblance of greenery helps evoke this specific design style. Here at PLANTZ, we also do plant wall installations. Have a wall space that is empty and could use some livening up *pun intended*. A plant wall might be the best for your office space. It will give it a fresh and modern look to show off to potential clients, but it still has the same health and productivity benefits that the actual plants in potters would. Want to learn more about this option, check out plantz.us. Now add in some nice water features or natural materials like wood or stone, and your space is transforming right before your eyes into the picture-perfect Biophilic Design model. Some water features you could consider are mini fountains or an aquarium. These types of things bring even more of the natural elements indoors and boost the nature vibe to an entirely new level.

 

So here is your Biophilic Design Checklist…

– Natural Light

– Indoor plants

– Natural elements like stone and wood

– Water features

 

There you have it! The explanation of Biophilic Design and plenty of reasons why it should be your next revamp around your office!

 

Office plant wall

Farmhouse Rustic Interior Design

Here we are, back again with a new interior design style for you, and this one is a more mainstream one… Farmhouse, or also called Rustic interior design! We see this style often, but have you tried to execute it yet in your home? This design is all about clean crisp white walls and wood paneling. Think the distressed wood look in more aspects than just the way of flooring. This is a great interior design style for the individual who is a fan of the industrial style but wants it to feel just a tad more homey and less ridged. Rustic interior design is best categorized as an eco-conscious with a country or cabin vibe twisted in. Think back to the classic or cliché cabin in the mountains feel.

Some elements it shares with the industrial design include the warehouse look and elements of openness and raw materials such as exposed brick, wood, metal, and other vintage aspects like unique light fixtures and novelty décor that you would not see throughout the typical modern or bohemian design styles.

 

The “It” Plant

The farmhouse style is very popular right now in the average household across the United States of America, so what better plant pair for the design than a very mainstream Fiddle Leaf Fig, which has also taken the states by storm. This plant is EVERYWHERE and is a crucial aspect of the farmhouse design. This plant is picture-perfect, you will find yourself obsessing over your new photogenic plant and we cannot wait to see all of the home design pictures you will take with the Fiddle Leaf in it (don’t forget to tag us in them). Botanically known as Ficus lyrata, it can be found in tree form or bush form, both will rock the socks off your living room, bedroom, or any room for that matter. This “it” plant is a trendy touch to the space, that can soften out the vintage woody feel. Rustic design, although it has a tendency to utilize harsh materials, it also has a dedication to the importance of a softer touch that can be brought in through a multitude of ways. Soft and texturized rugs, specialty throw pillows, and fuzzy blankets can bring that more delicate side back into the room, which is what really differentiates it from other designs such as industrial or modern, making it uniquely farmhouse.

Here are some things you need to know about the Fiddle Leaf Fig before you bring it into your rustic new home. This fig comes in three different sizes and two styles. Tree and bush form are the ways this plant can be delivered to you. You have probably more often seen the tree form, but do not overlook the bush form, it can bring a lot of volume and texture to any room. Another thing to note about the Fiddle Leaf is that it needs lots and lots of light. We highly recommend that you find a place for this plant on a patio or somewhere that gets a lot of sunshine to ensure its successful growth and lifespan. This fact should not be taken likely or be overlooked, because Fiddle Leaf Figs are truly fickle when it comes to their plant care. You can read more on Fiddle Leaf Fig care to ensure the best possible treatment of your plant here. Another factor to consider for this plant is the watering. The Ficus lyrata drinks a lot of water. Checking this plant weekly should be part of your regular home maintenance routine, so add it to the list. If you need more information on watering routines checkout our Watering Guide!

Fiddle leaf Fig

Other Aspects to Add

How else can you build on your newfound rustic interior design? How about plant stands! We have terrific wood plant stands that can bring back in the wood material throughout your décor, while still making your space simplistic and not overcluttered. Plant stands will also elevate your plants so you can have them at a variety of heights creating a unique look for your space. Try staggering you plants all in one area of the room, creating a jungle corner with varying heights.

Another classic of the farmhouse style is the wicker material. Wicker baskets often sit at the base of every couch filled with blankets and pillows or adorn bookshelves storing items so create a cleaner less cluttered environment. Here is a new suggestion to spice things up… Try a wicker basket as your planter. Place beautiful plants such as a Monstera or a Janet Craigs in a wicker basket to create that comfy cozy home feeling, but with some nature in it.

Think vintage during the creation process when implementing this design style. This can be in décor and in your furniture. Also, think vintage walls, stone, and brick are commonly seen, anything that creates a mini oasis that feels warm and fuzzy but like an escape. Natural colors are also a big aspect of the farmhouse look. When picking planters and plant stands choose muddled browns, creams, whites, nudes, and grays to really drive home the farmhouse experience. These natural elements really help contrast the roughness of your exposed elements such as rough wood, brick, or metals. When it comes to natural colors, you can rely on shades of green as well! This is great news when it comes to your plants because commonly plants are GREEN! Try out some greenery such as the Aglaonema which has a variety of options and unique patterns that can add some dimension to your home – so, not just the typical green.

The Aglaonema comes in a variety of variations with green and silvery gray coloring, so you are still keeping the neutrals desired in this home design. Try out the Silver Bay if you want to bring out the gray notes in your space since this one has a large amount of gray throughout it. If you want a more green centered Aglaonema then try out the Mary Ann and Stripes since these patterns are a tad more green-based, but still have some silver and gray notes even though they are predominantly green! The possibilities are endless with the unique Aglaonema.

Another green friend to include in your home is the Rhapis Palm. This plant is nicknamed the Lady Palm and grows leaves from textured woody stems. This brings even more of a wood element into your rustic home. This plant will last you a long time, but it is also for a patient plant owner, seeing as it takes it years to be fully grown. If you have the patience to wait on this beautiful plant, we promise it will be well worth it. Full of unique shaped leaves and a deep green color, it portrays a high level of elegance and grace, not a bad fit for the farmhouse interior design. We also are the only seller that carries the 5.5-6 foot Rhapis, so bring one into the home that is larger than life!

The farmhouse style is a happy marriage between natural elements and the harsher design materials. The plants you keep will really help you draw that line. Bring in even more of what we consider harsh materials with concrete planters. The Strong Clay Bottom Radius planter comes in three colors, sky white, brown earth, and gray rock; all signature colors of the rustic interior design style. You can also get the concrete planter in a cylinder or square shape, all up to you on what type of angles and harshness you want the planter to have. Contrast that with a classic White Bird of Paradise to soften the harsher element you have just added, and you have a match made in interior design heaven because all interior designers love a good contrast.

 

Strong Clay Cylinders in 'brown earth' and 'sky white' for interior planting

 

Style Elements

This style really is all about ease and comfort, you want your guests to walk in and feel like the space is a breath of fresh air and release a heavy sigh. A true release. Another way to think about it is a cottage style or feel to the space. Think cabin homes and cozy hideaways.  This style should feel like an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and the outside world. Bring your warmth inside with plants and light neutrals/whites and large windows. This place should make you feel relaxed.

The most important factor in this design though is to avoid anything bright and colorful and keeping your decorations to a minimal. Less is more. Add to your space with a variety of texture not a variety of items. Focus on plants with unique leaf shapes and ones that create a textured look. You can also do this through a variation in plant heights. The Lisa Cane stands larger than life and is a great addition to any corner in any room. This will surely create a lovely atmosphere of antique and rustic while still bringing something living into the environment. Lisa Canes are special because they are part of our Hawaiian Collection.  If you want a low-maintenance plant that can withstand lower levels of light, then the Lisa Cane is a perfect fit.

Since the design is often focused on simplicity, there is a time and place to use different patterns. Patterns can be used on throw pillows, rugs, or maybe even in your plants! We already discussed the power of the Aglaonema patterns on its leaves, but what about with a Snake Plant or its technical name, the Sansevieria. This plant has a unique pattern to its leaves as well and an even more unique shape to the leaves making it look like no other plant around town. This plant is also easier to care for than a pet rock! Really though, this plant is as low maintenance as it gets so let this guy thrive while bringing new patterns into your home in a not overly done way. Another perk of the mother-in-law plant (another nickname for your vocabulary) is that it is highly ranked by NASA to filter out air pollutants! What better way to design than design with a green thumb and with something that is beneficial to your health as well! This little oxygen producer will change the air quality in the room and make you feel fresh and new, just like the farmhouse design should make you feel. Many plants actually have proven to be air quality boosters and help aid in improved human health, so if you are not plant shopping for luxury, do it for your health instead.

Park your new plant friend next to a classic wood blanket ladder, or in the bright and sunny corner in front of that big farmhouse window. We are sure you have It is time to bring your love for comfort and modern antics to the forefront of your home. Create a fuss-free look that is not only practical but the home no one ever wants to leave. The escape of the cottage or cabin feel can be your daily life, not just a weekend getaway. You deserve the comfortable and luxurious things in life, let that shine through your home design. Rely heavily on natural elements with a minimalistic feel. Rely on texture and shapes to make your style standout. Every element you have in this design has a reason for being there, do not let that go unnoticed. Let your plants and plant accessories shine through as you spread your creativity throughout the home and extend past just the living room.

Some final tips…

  • Don’t over accessorize
  • Let the natural elements shine
  • Pick items that have a specific function – no-fuss décor
  • Play with texture
  • Keep it neutral
  • Play with harsh metals and stone
  • Planters can be great accessories
  • Plant stands can change the look of your room
  • Let your plants shine as the natural elements

With those final tips, we wish you the best of luck on your rustic/farmhouse design adventure. We also found a couple great interior design tips here Redfin.com

Farmhouse Design

 

What Your Home Says About You

And What Plant You Should Get as A Result

Your home is designed as an extension of yourself. We want to help you determine what your style says about you, and what type of plant fits the role of your new living décor piece. Select the design style below that you think matches your living space the best.

 

Modern

The modern design is for the trendy and contemporary person. You likely are a stylish person who keeps up with current events and trends, but although you keep up with these trends you keep your styling neutral and not as daring as someone would who fall more under the art deco world. Taking risks in design is not your mojo and you prefer natural materials with neutrals and earthy tones, while also eliminating unnecessary clutter.

The modern design homeowner is a no-disarray no-nonsense person. You have no time or need for frivolous décor, which means you also have no time for a frivolous plant! That is why your best plant pick is a Lisa Cane. Why the Lisa Cane you ask… This plant does not mess around. A plant that displays elegance mirroring your elegant personality, and it performs quite well in low-light, so no need to fuss over the perfect spot for light and just focus on where it works best for you in the room. A classic green for a classic plant parent that is larger than life.

The Lisa Cane is also a very low maintenance plant. Since it is grown originally in lava rock, the watering stipulations are not as heavy, so you can keep your mind clutter-free of plant care. It is also very easy to clean, all it needs is a quick wipe down with a wet cloth, and it’s as good as new, so the clean freak in you has no reason to stress about too much extra cleaning steps added to your regular routine.

Simplicity is the key to your heart. Things should truly not just be for the eye, but should be functional… So, eliminating anything that is not resourceful as well really helps streamline your space. The slight OCD in you is entranced with the modern design’s straight lines and no curves, creating your dreamy clean appearance just like you like it.

 

Learn more on the Modern Design and What Plant Picks We Think are Best

 

Bohemian  

You are truly a fashionista. Your home probably looks like it is straight out of an Urban Outfitters catalog. This style shows your laid-back nature and eccentric style. This is an interior theme that shows how worldly you are. You are probably well-traveled and, if not, you often daydream about wander lusting around the world. Your home is an oasis that transports you to another dimension. The great thing about this design is it heavily relies on plants as essential décor pieces.

You are a true free spirit, and so are your plant choices. The best plant for you is the popular and voluptuous Monstera deliciosa. Revel in the fact that the Monstera’s leaves will grow and weave in all sorts of directions, while also transporting you into your boho jungle escape.

This style really shows how eclectic you are but also inclusive. Just like your inclusive nature with other people, you are also that way with your plants. The more the merrier, so you do not have to stop with a Monstera! Adopt some Kentia Palms and Areca Palms too to add to your jungle vibe. Your attention to detail and creativity makes you the very best plant parent around. Take care of your beautiful plant possessions and they will survive and thrive in your home jungle for a long time.

You are a make-do-with-what-you-have type of person, which means that anything and everything goes in your home design. Unlike modern nothing about you is simple, which means the more fuss and décor the merrier. Drown yourself in fuzzy blankets, plants, and unique light fixtures. You do not have to shy away from different colored plants either. Bright and bold plants are perfect for who you are, you have no obligation to stick to the classic deep green.

Stay colorful, bright, and zen just like your home, it makes you truly one of a kind.

 

Get Your Boho On

 

Industrial

If this is your design choice you are one tough cookie! Although you have the exterior of a rough and tough individual, you also have a lightness to you as well. Using stark whites and neutrals in your home shows your extreme composure and ability to stay organized and tidy. Industrial might be all about the raw and unfinished elements, but you are anything but unfinished. You are truly intentional with every detail. Now that your home is in order though, it is time for you to spend some time on something living. The plant for you is the White Bird of Paradise. Elegant and with a unique silhouette it really will provide contrast and show your softer side in such a harsh design style.

The green of a White Bird of Paradise will also provide contrast against all the neutral elements you display in your home. You are a meticulous person. The White Bird needs an eye like yours to ensure its survival.

Stay true to you with your new plant and maintain the uniqueness that makes you shine through your industrial interior design.

 

Industrial Design Not for the Weak Minded

 

Traditional

Classic is the name of the game. The traditional design originates from European décor and exhibits the highest level of decorum and class. You are a truly regal person, and you deserve a space that makes you feel like royalty.

Your home is probably adorned with wood pieces and deep colors. Those deep colors can be plants too ya know? Rely on the deepest and darkest of green plants or ones with unique patterns to be your new plants. One of our suggestion would be an Aglaonema. They come in a variety of styles so you will feel like the one of a kind you are because your plant sure is. Choose from our selections of Silver Bay, Jubilee, Mary Ann, and Stripes.

Another thing to think about when it comes to your plants is their silhouettes. That’s right, shapes can extend past your furniture, try a ZZ Plant or a Parlor Palm for their unique leaf shapes.

Some things about traditional design that speak to you as well are the feelings of comfort and cozy. Although you are elegant you are also all about the sweeter things in life, so comfort is a high priority for you in all aspects of your wellbeing. Another thing that brings you comfort is personal touches. So, picking the right plant that you connect with is a priority, and here at PLANTZ, we want to help you with that selection.

 

Farmhouse

You are a wholesome human with kindness in your heart. Farmhouse interior design makes you feel right at home, and that is just how you make others feel too. It relies on elements of modern design but with a twist. It is all about the comfortable and laid-back style and is a lot less rigid than modern design. You are a relaxed person that could lounge around in your home all day if you did not have priorities to attend to because let’s face it, you are also a busy bee. You are a true homebody. What better for a homebody than a plant that requires lots of care, you have the time to cultivate a beautiful plant… like a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree.

This plant is infamous in the plant community, just like your farmhouse/rustic style is, so it truly is the perfect fit. Both the design style and the plant are the most popular in the industry and adorn the internet. Scour Pinterest to see all the lovely possibilities that this dynamic duo brings. As a natural-born caregiver, you are the perfect person to take care of the tedious plant. Fiddle Leaf Figs, botanically known as Ficus lyratas, give us all the stay at home snuggly vibes. The most homey feeling you could get!

Check out our Pinterest for some Farmhouse Inspo and Fiddle Leaf Pictures

 

Art Deco

You shine brighter than any star, and you sure do not shy away from any attention. Your home is a showstopper, just like you. Art Deco is known for the outrageous, the bold, and only a person with that type of personality could truly pull it off. So, are you ready to make a big statement with your plant as well?

Only one answer… The Areca Palm or what we call the Party Palm. This plant is larger than life just like you, so give it a home that is on its level.

This interior design trend is heavily influenced by the 20s, 30s, and 40s decades and when you step into it, many times it feels like a blast from the past. You give off exotic vibes, so we think an exotic plant is right up your alley. Choosing a Hawaiian based plant or one grown in molten lava rock will really give you that unique edge to one-up all your friends and wow your family.

The more leaves the better. A full plant is what matters in the art deco interior design so do not shoot for the plant that is shy with showing off its leaves. You are a true individual and your home reflects that, do not neglect that individualism on the plant front.

Learn More About the Best PLANTZ Options on Art Deco

 

 

Minimalist

A lot like the modern design but think simpler. You like the finer things in life, but also believe in less is more. The less clutter the more room you have for the more elite items. You have the best taste and truly exhibit a level of class others have to work at. Your space relies heavily on clean lines and uncluttered surfaces. Décor is not a big factor in this design type, and you are a no-nonsense type of person so this element sits well with you. You are a regular user of the phrase “less is more” and because of that, you want a less work type of plant.

A ZZ Plant is a phenomenal choice for this because you do not have to put in much work to keep it thriving. They require minimal light and little water, emphasis on minimal and little, making it a plant match made in heaven. Not sold on the ZZ Plant though? You also could get the Snake Plant a whirl. Also, minimal care with the clean lines you so desire. This plant has leaves that stick straight up, giving you a uniform look and the organization you thrive off of.

Another thing that speaks to you is the monochromatic color palette you hold so dear to your design heart. Keep your colors neutral and let the plant be the showstopper, and the only color in your space, it will really draw in the attention it deserves, and leave you as a proud plant parent.

 

 

Scandinavian

Also, very similar to the minimalism and modern design, but more worldly and adding in a variety of cultural elements. The Scandinavian style has been around for a long time and has truly withstood the changing interior design landscape.  This design style is around for the long haul, just like you are. You have endurance and you are timeless. Two things that many can not claim as their main qualities.

You are a realist and you want your space to be functional. Functionality comes from the elements around you being natural and environmentally conscious as well. You are a strong believer in connecting with your universe and the people around you, so you want things to take shape naturally and rely on wood and metal finishes as stable and strong attributes that keep everything together, so you can fill in the holes with well-intentioned décor that has purpose and meaning.

Keep the nature a part of your space special, with fresh plants. It brings the life you so heavily value back into your space and there are a variety of plants to choose from to accomplish that goal. Pick something like a Parlor Palm, a true classic that can be full of life – just like you – or even a Bamboo Palm is a perfect option, which will make you feel connected with your environment and self bringing a feeling of zen to your space.

Warmth is a big aspect of this style as well, and plants can play a role in the warmth in your home too. Keep the light shining through big bright windows, not only for warmth but for the health and well being of your plants. The more light the merrier for your plant babies, just do not forget to give them a good watering to go with all that beautiful sunshine, to keep their health in tip-top shape. Plants will truly keep you feeling connected to the Earth and bring you a new sense of purpose while in your home when you are not galivanting around the world and gathering more life knowledge.

Keep your space feeling warm, cozy, and down to earth just like you with some new plant buddies.

 

You have determined your style and plant selection… what now? Click the plant below to learn more about it!!!

The Lisa Cane has shiny dark leaves and looks substantial in any spot.
The Lisa Cane
Planting gardens
Monstera
Compare the arecas!
Areca Palm
The Kentia Palm are elegant and attractive
Kentia Palm
The "Ag" Silver Bay 14 is easy care and larger than you think!
Aglaonema
ZZ plant set indoor
ZZ Plant

 

The Parlor Palm
Parlor Palm
Our Fiddle Leaf Fig with her new family
Fiddle Leaf Fig

 

The Snake plant is also called Mother in Law's Tongue
Snake Plant
The Bamboo Palm has straight up tall stalks with bushy fronds.
Bamboo Palm

 

 

 

 

 

Industrial Doesn’t Mean No Green Thangs

The industrial style is most commonly seen in lofts and apartments, but it can also be used as a design theme for your home as well. One thing that is a common misconception is that plants cannot be a part of the industrial design, but truly the industrial look is all about the stark contrasts you can create, so why not contrast your harsh metals with some green and delicate PLANTZ!

Yes, less is more in this design, but it is still very calculated and cultivated. Think large open spaces with bold green accents to really show that unambiguous contrast between metals and living things. An element of industrial interior design is having a roughness to the interior creating an edgy feeling. A lot of the design elements can be attributed to the history of the materials being used and how they are so construction based. It truly creates a unique character to any space. You will commonly see people knock down walls and dividers in traditional places because of the lack of openness. This design is truly focused on being open concept with minimal bells and whistles.

Something else great about industrial style is the desire for the room to have natural light within and guess what… that is super great for your plants too, so greenery and this interior design style are the perfect match! Large and rare shaped windows are a very prevalent element of modern industrial design and really will help your plants thrive, as long as your space includes this crucial piece, we suggest plants that need moderate to high light that will thrive in this lighting arrangement, giving you a wider selection to choose from, one of the classic favorites being the Fiddle Leaf Fig, which would be perfect looks-wise for the industrial design, but also great if there is plenty of light. Lots of light is truly a must in this decorating style of industrial and for a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree to survive, making this pair a match made in heaven.

Here are some great suggestions that stick with the industrial style theme and are in need of large amounts of indoor light that might just be your perfect industrial fit as well.

The Ficus Microcarpa, this one will give the Fiddle Leaf Fig a run for its money and even make it a little green with envy. It needs a lot of light and an occasional rotation, but it will really add to the unique and clean-cut look of the industrial style if you want to stand out from the crowd of plant owners with Ficus Lyratas- Fiddle Leaf Figs, since they are so popular. It is also known to drink a good amount of water too, so we recommend our PlantAssure sub-irrigation system, but with good light and the right watering regimen, it is sure to keep going and growing for you beautifully while making a bold yet classic statement.

Check out the Ficus Microcarpa

 

Another option is the Kentia Palm. Known for its elegance, it will be the perfect contrast piece to go with your other industrial elements that are harsher and sturdier, softening the room up just a smidge. The Kentia Palm roots are cultivated with lava rock giving it the strength and capability to live longer, so this plant is in it for the long haul. Also, what better fit for an industrial room than a plant that came from LAVA, a true rock material. The difference between this and the Ficus Microcarpa is that this plant can go nearly a month between waterings. For our friends that want to be a plant parent but are not the most attentive caregivers, this plant is truly right up your alley.

Click This Link to Find your Kentia Palm

 

Speaking of lava rocks, focus on rough finishes during this design. Lean on reclaimed wood since it has a rough element to it. If the wood is not the avenue you want to explore, then try concrete. As a matter of fact, one of the easiest ways to incorporate this material into your theme is through different planters. Our Strong Clay Planters come in different colors, shapes, and sizes and give you the concrete look and feel all while housing your very own plant that is supposed to be your industrial contrast, placing them side by side to truly see the different dynamics in action. Also, this is a way to bring in the concrete looking element, that industrial is known for into the home without hefty expense.

Clay Pots… NO PROBLEM

 

You have the option between radius bottoms, small or large, and square planters as well when it comes to the clay pot option. This is a lot more of an affordable way to create an industrial effect without large scale structural changes to your home. Commonly people will change their flooring in industrial style to add the concrete element, but instead, just add in concrete through easy and movable objects to exude that same message of industrial and construction vibes without the expense and hassle of altering the structure of your home. With no large-scale cosmetic changes to your home you are saving money, and making it easier to change styles in the future if you choose to do so. Also, this is a great option for renters if you cannot alter too much of your space, due to lack of ownership. Decorating as a renter can be challenging, we are here to make it a little easier.

The Perfect Industrial Element

Keeping with the topic of that open floor plan and unique flooring, be sure to remember to avoid the use of rugs and carpeting. The softer materials are supposed to show up in a different form and are not an aspect of this design. Ditch those fuzzy blankets and more voluptuous looking plants and keep with items that have sharper edges and appear rough and tough. The softer side for the design comes from color. Neutral tones, whites, and lighter shades of gray are what soften up the floors and metal figures in the environment. This gives you plenty of freedom to keep a uniformed look but also play with the unique furniture you can collect and experiment on more of a retro design with the décor you chose to have laying around.

Décor wise, how can you jazz up your industrial theme a tad while still sticking with the vibe? Although you do want to keep this look quite minimalistic, adding different metal wall fixtures to your blank white walls is a classic way to make the space feel less empty. Take the corner where your plant is placed and make it the style corner where you contrast all your different design elements in one place, really capturing the eyes of your guests. Make that corner a piece of art by adding metal décor and various pieces surrounding your very green contrasting plant. This will have your guest drawn to this space in the room so they can really admire your design style and your wonderful new plant making you look like a true interior design professional! Give that plant the spotlight it deserves and raise it up on a pedestal.

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Want to get creative but stay on trend? Brick is a huge aspect of the design as well but can be used in unconventional ways. Skip the plant stand and place your planter on some stacked bricks, elevating it to new heights! A non-frivolous and flashy way to bring in more materials but is still being used and not just space-wasting decor.

Not into the brick as much? Do you plan on having wooden accents in your industrial space? Add in some wooden plant stands then, keeping with the theme and contributing minimalistic but essential décor. Anything that is no-frills and simplistic/utilitarian décor is a win in the industrial design book. Check out our plant stands that bring the wood material in to the space and do a seamless job of elevating your plant off the floor!

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Industrial style is great for bachelor pads, young adults, or city living. In the end industrial is all about mixing different minimalistic styles, light spaces, and utilizing construction like objects such as piping. So why not mix plants and green with neutral utilitarian objects such as woods and metals. Exposure is key. Exposed materials while keeping the design elements to a minimum and not cluttering the space will transform your home. One larger plant will do just fine in this design and the statement, less is more could not be truer in this scenario. Create the unfinished look of your dreams with the industrial style. A style truly only explored and executed by the bold.

Something else we here at PLANTZ  just love about the industrial design nature is that it is actually environmentally conscious. Who knew a home design could be beneficial to the planet!! Many materials you can use for the design can come from reused and recycled materials. Spend time repurposing old materials to be your raw and rough edges. Also the more plants you bring into the room for this design, the better oxygen flow for your space as well, due to the health benefits that certain plants can bring for your air quality and overall warding off unwanted bacteria and viruses.

Next, let us not forget that you should not have any plush fabrics. Keep things as non-fluffy looking as possible. Let the texture come from your plants. Speaking of the tactile senses, what about the visual of plants and their silhouettes. Silhouettes can be a unique attribute to the industrial design. Most shapes in the industrial style are sharp edges and square. That is why we encourage a twist on this normal rule. Leave the cool shapes for your plants that stray from the normal clean-cut lines. Here are some plant suggestions with unique silhouettes.

Try out the White Bird of Paradise. This plant is the silhouette of pretty much anyone’s dreams. Bringing elegance to the harsh elements within the room it is sure to be a showstopper in an industrial home and stand out for its long stems and large voluptuous leaves. Stick this beauty in a square concrete planter, and BOOM! Industrial style to the max.

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Another option is the Snake Plant or the Sansevieria. The straight-up leaves of this plant have the utilitarian look your whole home is taking shape into. The Snake Plant is so special creating a unique look to any home, let alone the industrial style. The leaves stick straight up from the soil in a cluster and have unique coloring and patterns to them. This is a highly recommended plant that takes very little care, for the not so green thumbs of the group.

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Lastly, investigate the idea of utilizing the ZZ Plant. This has a different type of leaf, and a lot of them, that could create very intricate shadows across the room during different times of the day. A true beauty of a plant, and once again very very low maintenance for all of you struggling to keep your plant babies alive! This one is sure to shine in the silhouette department.

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Taking on this new home project, we are glad to assist in any way we can on the plant and plant accessory front. This article was just scraping the surface of some of the many unique characteristics that go into designing for the industrial look. Home design is a hefty project that, believe us, we do not take likely.  We just hope that our plants and plant accessories can aid in making the process more enjoyable and beautiful for you, because here at PLANTZ we believe every home needs some plants in it. There is a place for plants in all different home styles and the barren, stark design of Industrial style is no exception, we hope that you have a better understanding now of how to navigate the interior design category of industrial!

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4 Kentia Palms Now a Lisa Cane!

a recently delivered Lisa Cane to this lovely office space in Washington, DC! They also have four Kentia Palms from 2018 that are still kicking it and growing strong.

This customer also utilizes our PlantAssure sub-irrigation system for their Kentia Palms and we highly recommending doing so as well.

The PlantAssure is a PLANTZ exclusive that extends your plant’s watering interval, allowing your plant to go several weeks to a month without being watered.

If you have more questions on the PlantAssure sub-irrigation system please get in contact with us! Happy planting!

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The Art Deco PLANTZ

Art Deco is not as commonly known by the average joe when it comes to interior design, but it is a truly intriguing design style to say the least. Art Deco is a true nod to the Roaring Twenties. Think Great Gatsby extravagance with a slightly more modern twist. A specific definition of the Art Deco design is the period of time between the two world wars, being a time in history that was characterized by technological advances and a high importance to self-expression and individuality. There truly are not many rules to this style but to Go Big or Go Home.

Color Coordination

So, what are the elements needed to accomplish the bold Art Deco look that will have all of your guests in awe of your design abilities… COLOR COLOR COLOR. Be bold and do not shy away from color. Color is one of the most important aspects of Art Deco because it is a way to truly express oneself. The options are honestly endless, the trick though is to limit color to three or four different shades and from there incorporate them into your design. What better way to add color than with plants! Lucky for you PLANTZ is not limited to your stereotypical green plants, the green variations are endless, and we even have a pink plant, the Dracaena Marginata Colorama for the truly bold individuals seeking out the Art Deco elements. Try out this pinkish plant and then add in other colors through varying décor to really elevate your Art Deco vibe to the next level.

Another thing you can consider is adding your color into the home via planters! Getting a bold colored pot can really add to that next level of color to spice up the room. Use this as an opportunity to have your pot contrast your plant. If your plant is a dark green color, pick something that contrasts that while still looking elegant. This will give you the true Roaring Twenties feeling.

Shapes

The next thing commonly overlooked that you should consider is shape within the room. The shape of furniture, décor, and your plants can really attribute to the vibe of this style. An elegant shape is the name of the game, so elegant can also attribute sometimes to that classic feeling. If you are looking to go the classic route, our suggestion would be an Areca Palm. A distinguishable, yet timeless plant that will standout while still being commonly recognizable and something nostalgic and familiar!

Another option if you want to be a tad more individualistic is the ZZ Plant. The ZZ Plant also known as Zamioculas zamiifolia, has a very unique shape that differs greatly from the Areca Palm. This plant will certainly get your guest asking about it and inquiring what type of plant it is. What is great about the ZZ Plant too, it is very low maintenance. It has much less of a need for water, light, and human attention than some of our other plants require, so if you are new to the plant world, or just too much of a busy bee for the responsibility, this guy is for you.  The ZZ Plant has long leaves that produce leaflets that are thick and shiny and can resemble certain holly leaves, so this one sure is unique and screams Art Deco aesthetics.

The next to thing about with shape is your planter shape. What will make a unique impression and standout? There are so many ways to go about this but when it comes to shape you have some blatant options… Sharp edges or rounded. For the softer art deco vibe, might we suggest a Strong Clay Cylinder planter. This planter although rounded off has a strong presence in a room due to the material it is and the variety of colors you can get the planter in. The clay stone is sure to make a bold statement when it comes to planter choices and material is a real upside in this scenario.

Another option is harsher edges with a stronger presence. Any square planter will make a statement of authority and traditional with its sharp edges and sleek design. This is another instance where you can play with different styles and colors as well as long as you have those stark edges.

Oversizing the Style

The final thing to discus when it comes to Art Deco is oversized pieces. Embrace the retro vibe with some larger pieces to accent your design. Bring in the largest plants you can find. Consider a Rhapis Palm to fill space in a room and make everything appear grander. When we think Great Gatsby, we think of his extravagant parties and larger than life attitude, this can all be translated into physical objects within a home.

A Parlor Palm is another large classic that really can make you feel transported into another era. A fuller version of its cousin the Bamboo Palm but similar in look and shape makes this plant a truly classic beauty. A true ode to an era throwback since it was actually one of the first plants to be cultured for use inside homes and places of business during Victorian times makes us wanted it in the Art Deco style even more. The Parlor Palm was also rated by NASA as one of the top 50 indoor plants that clean the air, which is another plus to this being an addition to your new home design. Both of these plants will leave your guest with a larger than life and lasting impression.

Do not forget when styling your home in the Art Deco fashion to use not only bold colors but a variety of geometric patterns, since this is truly a staple in the Art Deco design. This interior décor design is not for the faint hearted and words that should scuttle through your mind when designing should be bold, opulent, and daring. If you think in that mannerism you are guaranteed to knock the Art Deco style out of the park! Good luck!

 

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Bohemian Interior Design Style: Welcome to the Jungle

Bohemian style is one of the more commonly known styles, but could you specifically explain what makes a space Boho to someone if you were asked to? Well, for those of you who answered “no” to that question, Bohemian style is inspired by the 60s and early 70s. The best thing to do is think Woodstock and believe us when we say it is making a hugeeee comeback. Some of the cultures this style draws on are Middle Eastern and Moroccan, and also is attributed to some South American vibes as well. It is all about being individualistic and thinking outside of the box that so frequently society forces designing into.

Color  Tones

Mixing soft colors and tones with a bold pattern is a huge part of this emerging interior design trend. Beiges, whites, and neutrals are the best base color for the Boho style since dark colors are not a huge player in this color scheme. Once you have your neutral color palette it is time to add in the unique statement pieces and bright colors that also contain patterns that can be attributed to the Middle Eastern, Moroccan, and South American cultures. Guess what great pop of color we are also thinking you should add to your bohemian vibe… You guessed it, PLANTZ!

Statement Pieces

Bohemian style always has a statement piece, make that statement piece your plant by picking a larger-than-life plant or one with a bold deep green color. The more plants the better for this style. You really want to feel like you are walking into a relaxing bungalow in this space, and when picking your plants for this Bohemian design the more the merrier is what we have to say! Give your guest all the jungle vibes when they enter into your Boho home and give into the plant craze that we are seeing all over right now. When it comes to plant colors for this interior design style, stick to your deep green plants or your traditional greens to give it that natural and earthy feel. Along with bold patterns, a trademark of the bohemian style is truly that jungle and natural feel that transcends you to a different head space when you walk into the room. Think feelings of serenity and peace.

When we talk jungle plants, one of the first that comes to mind is the White Bird of Paradise, this plant is large in size and gives all the jungle vibe making it truly adored by interior design professionals. It is known for its dramatic, long, arching leaves, so if you want a statement plant this is certainly your baby. Tropical feel and how large it is will really create the Jungalow vision of your dreams. We suggest getting the largest size possible for this plant!

Plant Colors

Okay, let’s talk color now. What is the best Boho color to draw on for a plant, well our preference is the Janet Craig. The Janet Craig is one of the most widely utilized plants cultivated for indoor use and is known to improve air quality in any room, but that is not the only reason this plant is great for your Boho look. This plant has a deep green color that really brings plants back to the classics. A variety of plants in this color will surely give you all the jungle vibes you would ever need, and it can come in two different forms. The first being the Janet Craig bush, which is a shorter and fuller version of the plant. The cane Janet Craig is taller and more slender, but both are great bohemian style options for your room.

Another suggestion would be Kentia Palms. Nothing feels more tropical then a palm. There are a multitude of size variation of the Kentia Palm, so you can surly take up plenty of empty space with this plant. With giant leaves like this one it is sure to be a showstopper in your Boho oasis and will really make you feel like you have entered a tropical paradise in a whole other world.

Plant Accessories

When picking out different plant accessories for this style there really is only one true Boho option… The rattan basket look or something braided and macramé are the staple of Bohemian looks. These two are consider the said “staple” because of their nod to simplicity but earthy textures, tones, and colors. Trust us when we say you cannot go wrong with a one of our Natural Seagrass Basket or our RARA AVES Seagrass Basket. Both of the baskets come in a multitude of colors and these types of baskets not only can be the home and protector of your plants soil, but commonly are used for storing blankets or any other form of storage you can think of. You will see these baskets in many of the examples you might find of the bohemian interior design style. This truly is the best avenue when picking a basket accessory for this particular home décor.

If you wanted to go a different route than the normal rattan basket or macramé style, there is always the option of a colorful porcelain and pottery with fun designs that can really accent any Boho vibe in a room to draw in one more pop of color to accompany your bright and vibrant plants. Pair them with matching throw pillows or blankets to really seal the deal. Pottery is a common addition to the Boho look due to its cultural roots with South America and Moroccan cultures.

All of those suggestions aside, the center of the Bohemian and Bungalow design truly is the earthy vibes that can be attributed to all the green thangs that we here at PLANTZ love so much. This style would not be complete without some greenery and the jungle vibe that is truly at the heart of this design, so pick out a plant and start styling around it. This plant truly will be the centerpiece for your room!

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Modern Design With PLANTZ

What does it mean when we discus interior design terms such as Modern? Modern is a vast category that is essentially taking other stylistic choices and putting a Mid-Century spin on them. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing to decorate in a modern style. What you are attempting is the creation of an elevated and contemporary atmosphere with a sophisticated color palette. What people do not realize they can do with modern style, is utilize different plants to elevate to that level of sophistication and class that you see within many different modern designs in the everyday home.

Modern is all about staying current. The goal is to create a refined look without being too matchy matchy, but still having a cohesive trend. One way to go about this is to try going for light or soft colors within the room and then adding a fresh pop of color to draw some new attention to a boring corner or empty spot in the room. This can also include spicing up monotone furniture choices. In this case, we suggest doing that pop of color with a plant!

Plant Coloring

Plants do not have to be the classic green you are thinking of right in this moment. There are a variety of different plants that can add that pop of color you are looking for that are not your generic green.

For example, consider doing one of the Janet Craig Limelight plants. This is not your ordinary, run of the mill green… The Janet Craig Limelight plant will not only be a showstopper, but it will really add the brightness to any colorless room, giving it that twist from traditional and basic to modern and upscale. It is called Limelight for a reason and lime is the best color to describe it so it will surly make a strong statement.

If green still is not your thing, try a Dracena Marginata Colorama! This plant is actually pink. Yes, you heard us right… PINK! You want color?  You got it!  This plant is known for its pink and green leaves that are sure to leave your room the envy of all your friends. To keep on the trend of color, add different accent colors of pink around the room to match your pink plant to create a more cohesive feel and look to your room. Choose from throw pillows, to wall décor adding just the right amount of pinky tones across the board to change the game in modern design. This will for sure leave your space looking classy and chic. Just know that the Colorama will need moderate to high amounts of natural light to keep the color intensity up, so make sure to seek out a bright spot next to the window for this special plant.

Another option if you still want to stick with the green but need an extra oomph, try the Dracaena Marginata Kiwi plant. Similar to the Colorama, just differing in color, this one is known for its bright yellow and green leaves that are known to resemble the inside of a kiwi fruit and let’s face it… who doesn’t love a kiwi! Add this plant to the room if you want to add in more of your yellow accent colors to make your space upscaled but still fun and funky.

In the end you still can’t go wrong with your tried and true strong green color combinations as well, so any plant truly is a great addition to a modern home design. Lean on white and black as your base colors and avoid the creams and tans that we so commonly saw throughout homes in the 19th century, to elevate your home style to the modern category.

Pot Selections

Plants aside, you can still elevate your space with pots that you choose for your plant as well. When choosing pots, stick with something sleek. It is important to keep it monotone so that plant color can really be one of the biggest pops within the room and the true star of the show. We suggest integrating in your blacks and whites here and doing singular colored pots so your plant truly has its moment to shine.

A cylinder or something with sharp edges has a very modern and updated feel to it, while still remaining classic and sleek.

Natural Light

The next thing to consider when doing modern design is let in some strong natural light. Reasons why… It creates a more modern ambiance, you can see the crisp and clean contrasts between white, black, and color, when in some natural light and it is good for your plants too! The more light for most of these plants the better they will prosper.

Modern styles are all about creating a more expansive look to a room, so it is a good idea to keep plants in corners and away from center of the room to continue to add to that aesthetic expansive and minimalistic vibe. It also is important to keep them close to a window in the room as well. Something people commonly forget is that modern style also tends to be minimalistic.

The contrast of an earthy and natural plant against metals or light airy colors will really help elevate your modern vibe, because modern truly is all about juxtapose and contrast. You do not have to sacrifice your real plants for the upscale modern vibe of today, so consider that while restyling your new space and go with the authentic real plant route for your new modern style!

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Top 5 Best Places to Keep Plants in Your Home

You got a new house plant… so what now? Let’s pick where it is going to go because believe us, it matters! There are a number of places your new house plant could reside, but very few people realize how easy it is to pick the WRONG place for your new plant buddy. Here are our top 5 picks on places to keep your plant and the different factors to consider when you are finding that perfect new home for the plant of your dreams.

1. Keep it “Natural”

It is very important to do some research on the plant or plants you are bringing into your home, and here are some of the reasons you need to take this into consideration… The best chance of survival and a long lifetime for your plant is to best mimic the natural environment of where the plant came from. Plants that require a lot of sunlight should be placed near windows where natural light can be found, whereas plants that prefer a darker environment might not need to be placed in the direct sunlight of a window. Plants come from so many differing environments that each plant type will need a different form of care. Where your house plant can come from can vary from tropical and well-lit all the way to a more shaded environment requiring less light than that of another plant. It is important to emulate as close as possible the living environment of where your plant originates if you really want to see it thrive, grow, and survive. Try our Areca Palm out in the window of your living room!

2. Seasonal Change Up

Light does not in any way mean warmth, and both are important for your plant’s prosperity, they are not mutually exclusive. Light quality is not always the same throughout the day either, and it is changing constantly. Light shifts throughout the day in a room so take that into account when picking a spot for your plant and where it will receive the proper amount of light for the longest time span. Also remember to move your plants around as the seasons change. When you are in a cooler fall or winter month make sure your plant is receiving more light than it usually would in the summer or spring months to help it generate heat that is not as present during those chilly seasons. This goes the same for plants that require low light, do not leave them in extremely lit environments, this could cause a problem for a plant that is not used to extreme light exposure. Research on the plant’s original location and your own location will help you in making this decision. A great choice for any season is our Parlor Palm.

3. “Living” With Plants

The living room is a great space to keep your plant for a multitude of reasons. A) You spend a lot of your time at home in the living room, this increases your chances of seeing the plant regularly and remembering to care for it properly. Watering the plant, moving it around every now and then, and any other needs the plant may have are more likely to be remembered if you are actively seeing it every day. B) There is usually a decent amount of natural light within living rooms which most indoor plants require, compared to a room with few windows and that is lacking light, such as a basement or office space. C) You will be able to admire and appreciate it more when you are seeing it all the time and isn’t that why you bought your plant in the first place! The perfect living room plant… Our Janet Craig.

4. It’s All in The Kitchen

Kitchens can be more than just a place to cook, spice it up by decorating it tastefully with your new plants. A kitchen usually is a higher temperature room and can contain a bit more humidity. This is something people do not normally account for and plants can really thrive off. When in environments such as these your plant can create a livelier cooking space and even be a great showstopper for guests to appreciate when you have them over for a nice dinner. Want a show stopping kitchen plant? Why don’t you try our White Bird of Paradise for all those tropical vibes in the kitchen.

5. A Plant in The Bathroom?!

Bathrooms are not off-limits folks! Plants so often emulate strong feeling of cleanliness, peace, and freshness. Who would not want to feel that way in the bathroom? Pick plants for this space that require less light than the average indoor house plant and are prone to thriving in humid climates, since this is probably the most humid portion of your home. It is also a good idea to occasionally move these plants to a balcony or windowsill to get some limited direct light every once in a while, if it does not currently get any light. Try out our Aglaonema since it requires only low light, making it the perfect bathroom addition.

So, let’s review. The room your plant is in matters. The location within the room also makes a difference for your plant. Bathrooms are not off limits, and neither are kitchens, even though they are not always the first choice or most popular. That being said, nothing is wrong with the tried and true bedroom and living room placement as well. Take into account the seasons. Light is not the only factor in plant survival but also heat is an imperative factor. Warmth can be essential to some plants, so during the winter even if a plant is receiving the same amount of sunlight it does in the summer, it does not mean it is getting enough warmth think about that and from there figure out how to correct this problem as winter approaches. Emulate the plants original living environment. Just because you do not live in a similar environment or climate as some of your more exotic and beautiful plants DOES NOT mean you can’t rock them in your home, they may just take a little extra care. Learn the proper way to care for your plants and you will have an investment in your home that will make you feel at ease and one with your natural environment.
Next to come… Best places to put your office plants, because your office needs some plant love too!

Decorating With Plants: How to Incorporate
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Why not consider decorating with plants?

As modern farmhouse style continues to dominate design trends and minimalist interiors reign supreme, there’s no easier way to enhance your home’s aesthetic than with a classic touch of greenery.

Designate a Plant Cart

You’ve heard of bar carts, but plant carts are all the rage now, and for good reason. Some varieties of plants need a ton of sun, while others prefer shade. Then there are some that need a 50/50 mix.

You’d drive yourself crazy and spin your wheels carrying individual planters around your home trying to catch those elusive golden hour rays or the early morning light. With a plant cart, you can wheel your plants around to catch the sunlight.

A tweak on this trend is to use a plant shelf or table. The idea is to group like-minded plants together to make a statement piece. Position tall varieties on top with shorter plants, such as succulents, on middle and bottom rows for a multi-dimensional look.

Focus on the Planters

In your quest to find the ideal plants for your space, don’t forget to pay special attention to the planters you use. Go bold with patterns or bright colors to liven up an otherwise bland space that could use a punch of pizazz.

You can also keep the approach simple and stick with white planters. Look for planters in various shapes and sizes, with interesting textures or intricate details. Place them together on top of your bookshelves or at the end of a long table to amplify the effect.

Hang Plants in Small Spaces

Living in a studio apartment? Perhaps you’re in an older model home with many small, segmented rooms rather than an open floor plan? Either way, you may not have the square footage to dedicate to a mass array of indoor plants.

The solution to these tricky interior design challenges? Think vertical!

Use a macramé plant hanger to display your green beauties in a unique and unexpected way. Hang it on the wall, from the ceiling or above your kitchen sink for a new look. For the most eye-catching results, look for hangers that feature a splash of color.

Think Outside the Bloom

Yes, perennials or annuals that bloom with fragrant flowers are a gorgeous addition to any space but they aren’t your only option.

Expand your selection when decorating with plants. Also consider designing with branches, stems, sticks, and fronds.

All of these add rustic simplicity to your home with minimal effort. The best part? Most will outlast their floral counterparts, as pretty as they are.

Embrace Long Vines

Think you need to trim your plants or give them a haircut every time their vines start to crawl? Why not learn to embrace the look?

Certain varieties, including Philodendron, Ivy, Pothos, and Creeping Fig, have long and winding climber stems that can span the entire length of television consoles, coffee tables, armoires and more.

Make this look a part of your decor. Wind the vines around table legs and shelving units to add a quick pop of color to any space, from your living room to your bedroom.

Go Big and Bold in One Spot

You don’t necessarily need to have a Ficus tree in every corner. However, it pays to go big in one spot, such as beside your couch, near a favorite armchair, or in front of a picture window. This helps anchor a large room and gives your space a focal point.

While Fiddle Leaf Figs are a major trend in the design today, you have plenty of other choices. Consider installing a planted Arcea Palm, Dracaena, Monstera or White Bird of Paradise for a statement piece that’s also stunning. If you do place one in front of a window, make sure it’s suited to take as much sun as it will receive.

Keep It Easy with Succulents 

Not all of us are born with a green thumb, and that’s OK.

Before you invest in indoor plants, make sure you can dedicate the time and attention to their care.

If your lifestyle is fast-paced or you aren’t home too often, a succulent is often your best bet. Requiring little water, sunlight, and maintenance, most are hearty and strong, featuring linear shapes that work particularly well in modern homes.

Decorate tiny planters with paint and patterns, and then add as many succulents as you like. To add a Southwestern flair, try grouping a few cacti together.

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There’s no exact science to decorating with plants. As you develop your setup, think about your personal preferences, as well as the specific upkeep that each new plant will require.

At the end of the day, you want your home to be a haven and an extension of your personality. So seek varieties that work with your aesthetic and make sense in your space, no matter how tiny or spacious it might be.

When you’re ready to fill your rooms with eye-catching greenery, we’d love to help. Our online shop is full of plants, planters and other supplies, with searchable categories that help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

We are also available online to answer any questions you might have about caring for your new plant.

Contact us to ask questions or learn more about our ordering process. Plants are our passion and we’d love to make them yours, too.

 

Freshening Up for Spring with Indoor Plants

As the weather continues to break record highs here in Florida, there is no doubt that spring is on its way. While nature is sending us the signal that it is time to reboot, refresh, and reenergize as the seasons change outside, we should also be looking for ways to bring this freshness indoors.

Indoor plants are a great way to bring bright, spring-filled cheer into your home for a wonderful seasonal revamp. Here are just a few of our favorite green friends:

  • ZZ Plant – Loved by many for its ability to thrive in virtually any home, apartment, or dorm room, the ZZ Plant does not require nearly as much water, light, or human attention as its fellow members of the Araceae family. This plant actually only requires watering every two months (in some cases). The ZZ Plant is known for its oval-shaped leaves, which have a shiny, waxy coating that make them resemble plastic. It isn’t uncommon for some people to think these gorgeous leafy plants are fake!
  • Neanthabella Palm – Native to the rainforests of Guatemala and southern Mexico, the Neanthabella Palm was actually one of the first plants to be cultured for use inside homes and offices due to their ability to perform well in low-light conditions. These hearty plants not only look great, but they have also been rated by NASA as one of the best indoor plants for removing chemicals and toxins from indoor air. Neanthabellas are smaller in stature, making them great additions to space-conscious homes or office spaces.
  • Giganta – If you are looking to brighten up a room with shades of green, the Giganta is a wonderful multi-trunked plant that does not reveal its brown canes; it actually appears to be virtually all variegated green and yellow foliage. While the Giganta does share some characteristics with it s relative the Corn Plant, these plants do not require much water or attention really. Simply place these plants in front of a nice window so that their natural variegation comes out, water it at least once month, clean when needed, and it should be a happy plant.
  • Monstera – If you are looking for a bit more of a tropical vibe as you dream of months to come, check out the Monstera. Naturally occurring in the tropical areas spanning from Mexico to Panama, the Monstera prefers to be in indoor areas with filtered sunlight but can also survive in relatively low-light conditions. Its heart-shaped, deep green leaves make a beautiful addition to larger indoor spaces.

Are you ready to add some green in your scene and get ready for spring? Order your very own indoor plants from PLANTZ.com today!

Attention-Grabbing Indoor Plants: Large Plants for Big Spaces

Do you have a large space in your home or office that just… needs something? A big, beautiful indoor plant could be a great addition! Indoor plants that grow over five feet tall quickly grab attention and add a dramatic touch to any interior space.

These height and volume of these green plants captures the eye and will immediately make any space feel lush. Below are a few of our favorite plants for larger spaces:

  • Lisa Cane – The Lisa Cane is a perfect choice for those who have high ceilings but not a lot of floor space. These plants are tall, but not very wide, so they fit well in corners and tighter areas. An elegant plant, the Lisa Cane has deep green strap leaves and green stems. In addition to being one of the best performing indoor plants in lowly lit spaces, they also require very little maintenance. Lisa Canes are available in two sizes: tall (5 to 5 ½ feet) and taller (5 ½ to 6 ½ feet).
  • Ficus Lyrata – The trendy “plant of the moment,” the Ficus lyrata is known for its large violin-shaped leaves which give it the nickname of the Fiddle Leaf Fig. These in-demand plants are a favorite of interior designers and decorators thanks to their ability to take a prominent place in the décor of a large space. Fiddle Leaf Figs are available in three varying heights (ranging from 2 ½ feet to 5 ½ feet tall) and two styles – bush and standard tree form.
  • White Bird of Paradise – With lengthy, dramatically arching leaves, the White Bird of Paradise has long been a favorite of interior design professionals. These tropical plants require a lot of sunlight to keep them happy and do well in both indoor and outdoor settings. When they are grown outdoors in the South, they can produce rather odd looking buds which closely resemble a bird’s head (thus its name). The White Bird of Paradise is available in two sizes that range from 3 ½ to 6 feet tall.
  • Bamboo Palm – The Bamboo Palm can bring color and warmth to any room in the house or office. These plants were given their name for their likeness to bamboo with clumping and stems with shedding leaves. They require moderate to high levels of light in order to thrive, but can tolerate some lower light levels. When left to their own devices outdoors, Bamboo Palms can grow up to 20 feet high. These beautiful palms are currently available on our site between 3 and 5 ½ feet tall.

Do you have a large space that would be the perfect home for a new plant? Order your indoor plants today from PLANTZ.com! We will ship your plants directly to your doorstep and save you the trouble of finding a car large enough to get these big guys home! Contact our team today for any additional information.