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How to decorate a minimalist home with indoor plants

It’s no surprise that simplicity is key when it comes to minimalist interior design ideas. Achieving the perfect uncluttered look with great eye-catching details is an art form in and of itself. But for many homeowners (and designers sometimes), introducing greenery into a space can be a challenge.

Our brain maps out paths that lead the eye through a series of transitional space within the indoor environment. We would carefully consider how various rooms – both inside and outside – interact with each other and how they relate to the home. Then we frame views to and from the house, as well as identifying corners to for complementing decors, furniture and plants.

Plants add character to a boring corner. (Credit: Nordic Days)

Choosing the right plant to supplement your décor is not an easy task. The hunt for that ‘statement piece’ can sometimes be a road blocker – overgrowing trees, tightly bunched indoor plants and laid out greenery. In other words, your home could potentially look like a jungle in the city.

We’ve seen the usual plant choices like the dracaena, cactuses, succulents, snake plant, orchids, fiddle fig tree, and other ficus variants; all of which are great indoor plant options. But they aren’t usually the permanent display or main focal point in the house because the general rule of thumb is that minimalism and greenery don’t equate to a cohesive look.

It’s not hard to turn your home into a great DIY corner with fresh plants. (Credit: Pinterest)

Moreover, most plants end up dying very quickly due to lack of care and maintenance. Minimalists wouldn’t be bothered to add an extra step to their daily routine anyway – the whole reason behind minimal interiors.

Thankfully, the “rules are meant to be broken” zeitgeist is the latest top interior design trend as the most important home design rule is to showcase the aesthetics that you love. Since plants can improve the quality of life in so many ways, adding them to any type of interior design makes perfect sense. And it shouldn’t be an afterthought. Here are 6 ways to infuse some freshness with plants in your contemporary home.

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Find the balance

Let the shapes of the room dictate the shapes of the plants or flowers. For a cohesive look, spaces with long, rectangular-shaped furniture go well with orchids. Maintain a sleek look by making sure all plants or flowers in a room look great as a bunch before spreading them throughout. Vary the size of the same type of plant to for some depth while keeping it minimal. (Credit: Now Design)

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Statement pieces

Instead of looking for bulky furniture to fill up a space, try a large potted plant like the dracaena or the fiddle fig tree. These growing plants are great indoors and with time, they naturally become part of the house. Find a corner — next to the sofa, at the end of the corridor or at the foyer; as long as they have a good amount of sunlight. (Credit: Pinterest)

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Terrarium territory

Glass terrariums allow you to spotlight the plants without disrupting the flow of the space with bulk pots. These small plants thrive with little effort, adding a dainty touch to any corner you want. If you don’t want to crowd those flat surfaces, choose to hang them. (Credit: Pinterest)

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Vertical wall art

The “green wall” vertical garden can seamlessly fit with the rest of the house as a subtle piece of living art. Besides improving the air quality (depending on what kind of plants you choose), it is a beautiful ensemble that doesn’t invade the space. If you’d like something more functional, try growing a vertical green wall with your favourite herbs. (Credit: Pinterest)

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Plant shelving

There’s one thing about plants – they look particularly lovely when placed on a shelf. Styling with houseplants is really easy because they turn flat surfaces into beautiful fresh corners. Whether it is a crawling type or a stately sit-in-a-pot kind, shelving plants lies entirely on your personal creativity. (Credit: Jonas Poulsen)

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Fresh only

When it comes to decorating your home with greenery, only use fresh living plants. Say no to synthetic ones that would turn your beautiful home from tasteful to tacky. Fresh plants give an extra breath of fresh air every minimalist home needs. (Credit: Pinterest)

How to decorate a minimalist home with indoor plants

Martin Teo


Martin has a bent for history and food culture, especially of the Peranakan heritage. Since the pandemic, he finds joy in plant parenting and continues to expand his collection of Philodendrons, Anthuriums, and Syngoniums. On his free time, he finds time scouring through the latest cafes in search for the best croissant in the city.


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