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20 on-trend ways to display plants and flowers in your home

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When it comes to making a house a home, a little indoor greenery can go a long way. Adding a few potted plants or a simple flower arrangement is a quick and easy update you can make to any room in your home, and one that is both practical and aesthetically pleasing too.

Our top tip: don't stop at your living area or windowsills. Plants are great for improving the air quality in bedrooms, adding a fresh feel to bathrooms, and can even make you more productive when placed in a workspace.

Whether you're the proud owner of green fingers or the secret owner of a black thumb, we've gathered the best ways to display your favourite plants and flowers – including options for those with a less-than-perfect track record of keeping house plants alive (don't worry, we've all been there).

There are some crafty suggestions, and other ideas which require little more than making a trip to the local florist and dusting off your favourite vase. Scroll through the gallery below and start living your best Pinterest life now.

  • DIY mini patterned plant pots

    Creating these mini cacti pots couldn't be easier; all you need is some basic terracotta pots, white paint and a black brush pen. Amy Kim of DIY blog Homey Oh My shares the details here.

    Image: Homey Oh My

     

     

  • Foraged bouquet

    Wildflowers will give your living space a relaxed, bohemian feel. Take a note from the interiors blog Avenue Lifestyle and gather an armful of wild blooms to create a show-stopping display.

    Image: Avenue Lifestyle

  • All glass display

    No plant pots? No problem. Mix up your leafy displays by propagating a few clippings in drinking glasses or glass jars.

    Via Trendspanarna

  • Urban jungle

    For instant indoor-jungle chic, drape an ivy, philodendron or spider plant across a shelf or windowsill.

    Via Urban Jungle Bloggers

  • Flowers in glass jars

    Save your empty jam jars to create a display that looks like you put it together in five minutes after your morning walk (and maybe you really did). Even better, you can scale this look up or down by adding or removing jars as you please.

    Image: A Quiet Style

  • Pressed plants

    For a display that doesn't need watering, pressed plants are a good way to go. Simply press a selection of leaves or flowers in a heavy, old book, then pop them in a double-sided glass frame (we like these from Nkuku).

    Image: Froken Overspringshandling

  • Succulents

    Succulents are perfect for lazy indoor gardeners: they're low-maintenance, come in all sorts of interesting shapes and colours, and look great on Instagram. Create an effortless focal point by popping one in an interesting pot, and you're good to go.

    Image: @ea_wang

  • Hydrangeas

    For a single-flower display, hydrangeas are a good choice - the dramatic oversized blooms don't require any arrangement, so this is a look that really takes no time at all.

    Image: Academy Tiles

  • Potted centrepiece

    For a less traditional and more relaxed centrepiece, swap flower arrangements for potted plants. Mixing cacti and succulents of different heights will fool your dinner guests into thinking that you've been creating casual house plant arrangements for years.

    Via Pinterest

  • Egg cup plant pots

    Another crafty option: these mini plant pots require plain egg cups, porcelain paint, a steady hand, and some creative ambition. DIY blog Sugar and Cloth has the full tutorial here.

    Image: Sugar and Cloth

  • Paper plant sacks

    The next time you get a parcel from Amazon, here's what to do with that brown packing paper: turn it into paper sacks for your plants! This clever idea from Francesca at Fall For DIY is truly inspired.

    Image: Fall For DIY

  • Concrete plant pots

    For an industrial style, look no further than concrete plant pots. London-based florist Grace & Thorn has this look nailed.

    Image: @townhallhotel

  • Terrarium display

    Terrarium displays are just the thing for perching on a mantelpiece or shelf. For a guide to creating your own, West Elm has you covered.

    Image: West Elm

  • Mix it up

    Try a few trends at once - trailing ivy, glass containers, succulents and terrariums - for a truly eclectic display. As blogger Jeska of Lobster and Swan demonstrates, this look also pairs well with a few botanical-themed prints.

    Image: Lobster and Swan

  • Leafy displays

    Another low-maintenance option is eucalyptus; in season during summer and autumn, this evergreen plant can be used to add foliage to any flower arrangement or displayed on its own.

    Image: Hello Lidy

  • DIY air plant pots

    Air plants are another hard-to-kill option for those of us with a black thumb. Molly from DIY blog Almost Makes Perfect displays hers in dip dyed doll heads, which sounds a bit odd but makes complete sense when you see the stunning results.

    Image: Almost Makes Perfect

  • Hanging plant shelf

    Make yourself a hanging plant shelf using this easy tutorial from Fox and you'll be bragging about it for years. The ideal DIY project for a rainy Sunday.

    Image: Fox

  • DIY floating window shelves

    Have you got a small window to spare? These acrylic shelves let in maximum light while providing the perfect place to display your favourite house pants. Learn how to create your own with a tutorial from Design Sponge here.

    Image: Design Sponge

  • DIY leather hanging planter

    When you run out of space on your shelves, hanging plant pots are the natural next step. This leather DIY version from A Pair & A Spare is quick to knock up but worthy of any design-conscious home.

    Image: A Pair & A Spare

  • DIY paper heart leaf philodendron

    And if you really can't keep any plants alive? Make them out of paper instead. Corrie Beth Hogg of The Apple of My DIY recently blew up Instagram with her beautiful paper creations, and now she's sharing how it's done on The House That Lars Built.

    Image: The House That Lars Built

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Helen Booth

Helen Booth is a London-based writer, digital editor and part-time maker who loves interiors, crafts and keeping tabs on trends. She also co-founded the weekly newsletter Lunch Hour Links.

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