Before I had furniture, I had houseplants. Houseplants have become as integral to my home décor as the chairs I sit in. Every room has at least one houseplant and multiple plants in many rooms.

Decorating with Houseplants

I have paintings and photographs on my walls, but I also have pothos cascading down my built in bookcases, a Hoya carnosa ambling across and back down my armoire, a rather large dracaena that started out a couple of inches (5 cm.) tall and is now a tree, a fiddle leaf fig that is over 6 feet (2 m.) tall, and a couple of air plants hanging out in the kitchen.

There are also herbs in the kitchen and seasonal plantings such as amaryllis and paper white during the holidays and forced spring bulbs thereafter, that temporarily cheer me up with their colorful blooms during the deep, dark depths of winter.

How to Add Plants to your Living Space

I want to do more to incorporate houseplants in my home (I’d love a living plant wall!) but my significant other keeps a restraining virtual hand on me to reign me in. If I had my way there would be more plants. As it is, I have him partially convinced to work on a plant terrarium table for the living room. Beauty and function in one!

I see all of my plants as adding to my home décor. If they were to suddenly disappear (horrors!) my home would look bare and drab; utterly without life.

Plants in the home give us so much. They give us something to nurture, brag about, talk to, and admire. They are really living pieces of art in the home. In my case, I wouldn’t trade them for a Monet or a Picasso. Okay, maybe I would, but I’d really miss my plants.

Amy Grant

Amy Grant has been gardening for 30 years and writing for 15. A professional chef and caterer, Amy's area of expertise is culinary gardening.