At Planterra, we believe any room is incomplete without a touch of nature.
Too often, interior plants and the decorative containers are added as last minute accessory items. Before you make a mad dash to the garden center, use these 9 steps to select the right indoor plant container for your space:
Don’t settle. If you’ve taken time to select stylish furnishings, don’t settle for boring planters from a big box store. There are countless resources available from independent retailers, antique stores or online. Spend time to find the right planters.
Understand Scale. The planter size should be in proportion to the plant. For table top plants, a decorative planter should have a diameter that is at least 1 inch larger than that of the grow-pot (the black nursery pot that the plant comes in). Large floor plants typically require a decorative container with a diameter that is 2 to 4 inches larger than the grow-pot.
No Drainage Holes. For indoor use, your decorative container should be water tight with no drainage holes, otherwise leaks could cause damage to carpeting and floor finishes. If you select a material that sweats or breathes such as ceramic, use a water tight plastic liner within the planter. If you purchased a planter with holes, carefully fill in the holes with waterproof materials such as epoxy. Double potting the interior of ceramic or terracotta is recommended.
Complement the color scheme. Decide if you want your planters to blend-in or “pop.” Transitional interiors call for contemporary planters with a rich or creamy finish. On the other hand, stark, modern interiors consisting mostly of blacks, whites, and grays need bright-colored planters to cheer up the spaces. Terracotta and wood planters can provide warmth and timeless style versatility.
Look at the hardware. Metallic planters or those glazed with metallic finishes are good defaults for the home or office. Use the color of the knobs, hinges and furniture legs as a guide for selecting the metallic finish.
Think series, not groupings. Don’t cluster those Peace Lilies in the corner. Create a series. Position the plants linearly or stagger the heights. Tall, V-shaped planters are superb in series of three, and are especially stunning in bright colors.
Select plants before the artwork. Artistic placement of a tall, bright-colored series of planters along a wall or corridor can replace the need for artwork. As plants and planters are inexpensive, it will allow you to allocate more of your budget to fewer, nicer pieces of art.
Get focal. When decorating with plants, less is more. A few strategically placed specimen trees in substantial containers produces the ‘wow’ that finishes a room.
Consult an Expert. Plants and planters are very affordable. If you are unsure on what plants to choose, or which plants will live in your space, consult a professional interior plantscaper.