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Stylish And Decorative Indoor Plant Containers To Bring The Outdoors Into Your Home

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Finding the right indoor plant containers to bring the outdoors into your space can help add another level of energy to your space. House plants have been indicated in study after study to correlate with improved health, lower stress, and a cleaner indoor environment. Why shouldn’t you want to dive into this trend? It may seem daunting at first, especially to those of you who view yourselves as having black thumbs. Starting out with the right guidance, however, will help most of you figure out just how easy it can be to not only incorporate plants into your design, but to keep them alive and thriving in your space.

They Aren’t Just Pretty To Look At


Having houseplants around can do more than just make your space look more inviting. They can impact other aspects of your life such as the over all quality of your indoor environment and your psychological well-being. It’s obvious that when your space looks attractive to you then you will feel less stress while your in it. Plants, however, can do little things besides just look pretty that can help improve the enjoyment of your space. These things may go unseen, but they certainly do not go unfelt. This is way NASA has been studying their effects for some time.

  • As plants transpire, or release excess water through their leaves, they help to add humidity to the room which can be useful during the dry winter months.
  • Plants breathe just like you and I, except they exchange gasses opposite than we do. Plants will take in carbon dioxide as they “breathe” in and release oxygen as the “breathe” out. This can add a sense of freshness to the air in your space.
  • Interaction with plants have been shown in studies to help reduce overall stress and anxiety levels.
  • Bringing flowers to the hospital room isn’t just a cliché ritual. Plants have been shown to aid in the healing and recovery process. It can actually help someone get better faster.

It Looked Gorgeous, But What A Piece Of Work!


When growing your plants indoors, certain factors need to be considered. First and foremost, you need to decide on what type of plant you want to bring into your space. Of course, you want a plant that will be visually pleasing to look at, but if taking care of that plant is overly complicated it can quickly become a chore rather than a treasured feature.

Just like us, plants need specific, sable conditions in order to thrive. That’s why you need to think out the incorporation of plants into your space before you make your first purchase. Some plants may look spectacular but are fussy and particular, while others are much more forgiving when environmental factors swing one way or another. When your plant doesn’t like the conditions you have placed it in, then it will require much more work to keep it alive.

Keep in mind that plants, just like most people, do not like constant change. They become accustomed to the conditions of where you’ve placed them and moving them around constantly will add to the maintenance they will require.

Some people like hot temperatures while others cooler. Plants are no different. Be mindful of the regular conditions of the space you are considering for placement when shopping for your plants.

Humidity is another key aspect. Plants need water to dissolve the nutrients they need to survive. We humans love our climate control and that will result in lower humidity levels indoors. This will dry out your plant’s soil far more quickly than outdoors. Be mindful of how much water the plant your considering needs.

Space can be a limiting factor for most plants. You definitely do NOT want to stuff a plant into a tight spot on the shelf. Plants breathe through their leaves and, as a result, need good airflow around them to get the gasses they need to survive. If space is limited then look for plants that can grow well in cramped conditions.

Light is essential for plants. It is how they receive the energy they absolutely require to remain alive. Make sure you know the level of light the specific plant your considering= requires. Some need to be in full sun most of the day while others can survive just fine in mostly shaded spaces.

Size Isn’t The Only Thing That Matters…


Just as making sure you’ve considered the environmental conditions your plants require to thrive, you need to think about the type of pot you will keep them in. The pot should be attractive to you and fit into the design of your space, but it also needs to keep your plant alive with (hopefully) minimal maintenance. The important factors, outside of how visually pleasing it looks, are size, drainage, and durability. Those are going to determine how well your plant can thrive and how much work you will need preform to keep your plant that way.

Draining is of vital importance when growing plants traditionally in soil. When your pot constantly has water sitting in it then it will cause the roots of your plants to rot. Even though water is required to dissolve the nutrients in the soil so the plant’s roots can absorb them, that same water will act to dissolve the root tissues as well. For most plants, the soil should never become bone dry, but you do not want to keep it swampy. You want to ensure your pot has drainage holes to allow excess water to slowly drain away after watering.

Pot size can be a bit of a controversial topic depending on where you look for advice. This can usually be left up to personal preference since, after all, you are going to be the one maintaining and looking at your plants. Generally, unless it is specified for the type of plant you picked out, smaller pots will allow more water to be utilized by the plant when you water while larger ones will dry out a bit faster and need watering more often. With that said, there is such a thing as too small. You need to pay attention to the advice out there for the specific plant you’re looking at to make sure it doesn’t end up root bound which will make it unable to thrive.

Pot size can be a bit of a controversial topic depending on where you look for advice. This can usually be left up to personal preference since, after all, you are going to be the one maintaining and looking at your plants. Generally, unless it is specified for the type of plant you picked out, smaller pots will allow more water to be utilized by the plant when you water while larger ones will dry out a bit faster and need watering more often. With that said, there is such a thing as too small. You need to pay attention to the advice out there for the specific plant you’re looking at to make sure it doesn’t end up root bound which will make it unable to thrive.

Durability versus convenience is a compromise you will have to balance for yourself. The most basic choices to be made in this area are terracotta, plastic, or ceramic. I personally love the red-orange, browns, and beige colors of terracotta and other clay pots but they are fairly delicate and can break easily. They do tend to dry out faster than the other options and are more susceptible to temperature extremes but you can easily spot the moisture level in the pot and that can aid with watering decisions.

Plastic pots by far are your most inexpensive option and are very lightweight which make them easier to move around when needed. They can come in a variety of colors and patterns which places them among the most versatile design-wise. They do have an Achilles heel, however. If you place them in the sun for long periods each day they can quickly become quite brittle and burst apart.

Ceramic pots look great but they have limited uses. They can be great for succulents that do not require frequent watering and typically do not have drainage holes. If you do want to use them for other types you can always drill the holes yourself, but be very careful as these tend to be among the most expensive pot options so one slip of the drill can be a rather costly mistake!

Floor & Table Top Planters


Floor and table-top planters are by far the most commonly found option out there to incorporate plants into your space. They are relatively easy to set up and mesh into your design. Here are a couple great looking ones to get you started.

Wall Mounted Planters


You’ve got wall space, so why not spruce it up with some plants? You can transform that blank problem spot easily with a few wall mounted planters that will make your space that much more inviting.

Hanging Planters


Hanging planters are an excellent way to use plants as an accent or bring some depth to a corner. There are a lot of options to choose from and can either be hung directly off a wall, from your ceiling, or from your window frame.

Go Ahead, Create That Indoor Jungle


Indoor potted plants can be a relatively inexpensive way to kick the look of your space up a couple notches. By the same token, they can also become quite an overwhelming chore if you pick out the wrong plants or keep them in conditions they are not accustomed to. First determine what environmental conditions your space can offer so you can choose plants that will thrive in your space with minimal effort. Pick out the right type of pot. Yes, you may have fallen in love with that specific planter you saw in the store, but if it doesn’t meet the needs of the plant you want to put in it then it will quickly become more of a chore to keep the plant alive. There are a wide variety of options out there so there are definitely items that will allow you to use plants to make your space more you. Go ahead, bring the outdoors in.


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8 thoughts on “Stylish And Decorative Indoor Plant Containers To Bring The Outdoors Into Your Home”

  1. Thank you for this nice post, I find it really interesting and nice looking at all those images of indoor plants up here, I must be honest with you  it is such a wonderful design to be but my favorite from this list is the Ceramic Hanging Geometric Wall Decor Container,it looks simple and classy info think I need something of that nature in my apartment.

    1. I really liked the simple clean look of those containers as well. I think they will be great for plants that will not need much water like succulents or even air plants that will just use the water vapor already floating around your space.

  2. Happier At Home

    Hello!  While I don’t consider myself to have a green thumb at all, we have just moved into a new (to us) home and I’m looking for fun ideas for decor.  I have zero plants, but your article is working on me!  I really like the tabletop planters that you have listed.  Tempting!  The wall-mount planters are adorable and would match my farmhouse theme!  I also appreciate all of the information you have provided about different types of plants as well.  This is a very informative article.  Thank you!  Blessings!

    1. Thanks! To be honest, I hadn’t really thought much about using wall mounted planters before but it really makes a lot of sense. It’s let me bring some green into my small space without taking up much room at all. I’m glad I could pass that idea along!

  3. My wife and I love to keep succulents around the house. Not only are they easy to maintain, but they also bring a nice touch of green to any room they are in. I especially love the the Dangling Southwest Desert Pot Set. It’s such a cool design and really brings that rustic feel that many traditional pots don’t have. Do you have any recommendations for growing herbs inside and what kind of container would suit them best?

    1. I haven’t tried much in the way of herb growing indoors. I do know that most of the usual kitchen herbs like to be soaked periodically then let to dry out a bit before they next watering. I think this mimics the rain pattern they would normally be subject to outdoors. Basil can make a rather forgiving test case. It will be a bit dramatic when you’ve let it go to long without water but will perk right up quickly. Like most plants, they will not show much signs of over watering until it’s nearly too late so it’s best to err on the side of dry rather than wet. Just make sure you read the care instructions for the herbs you by and have containers that can drain properly.

  4. I am even embarrassed to say that a few of my houseplants are in used food jars and containers. I have never put serious consideration in their look to say the least. I think I have a long way in terms of decor. Those are great tips on how to take care of the plants and what to look for in plant pots. I love the simplicity of the Resin Indoor Outdoor Planters.I might have full plants but I will work on my container plants as a matte of urgency. Great article once again.

    1. You don’t really even have to replant the ones you have in the reused food jars unless they are in need of it. If the plant is already thriving then find a container that you both like the look of and you can just set the jar into. Spruce up the look with minimal mess!

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