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Lounge space with dark grey couch, assorted cushions, coffee tables, timber wall mounted shelving and potted plants.
Bringing plants into your home is the easiest way to update your space and turn it into a tranquil retreat. By following some easy styling tips, you can enhance your interiors and display your plant babies to their best advantage.

Plant-based living

Looking to turn your interiors from a desert to a verdant forest of potted plants? You’re not alone. Australia’s indoor plant obsession shows no sign of waning. The increased time at home has made us fall more deeply in love with the beauty of plants and more aware of their benefits to our health and wellbeing. Follow these five tips to style your potted pretties.

1. Cascading plants

Potted plants add a welcome pop of greenery to shelves, but to make the most of this prime eye-level position, trailing plants are even better. Beyond shelves, you can also get height by using plant stands or even by hanging baskets from the ceiling, using well-placed (and securely attached) hooks.

Niche space with timber floating shelves, floating desk, chair and assorted potted indoor plants

2. Group pots together

Don’t let your pots be lonely: grouping several together creates a striking look on a table or shelf. There are no hard and fast rules, but generally odd numbers work well – three, five or even seven! Think about the shapes, sizes and colours. Try pots in similar tones but varied sizes for a layered effect. You can add texture and interest by choosing plants with a range of interesting leaf shapes or colours.

Washroom with large double door vanity mirrors, white marble benchtop, black tapware and potted plants

3. Table arrangements

Forget expensive cut flowers! Use plants to create a permanent centrepiece for a table – cacti and succulents are an eye-catching and fantastic low-maintenance option. Arrange a row of individually planted pots down the middle of a long table, or create a single centrepiece with a selection in different colours and shapes. If decorating a dining table, keep the arrangement low to avoid blocking people’s views across the table.

Serving and eating space with long benchtop, dining timber table, white chairs and stools, long timber floating shelves and potted plants.

4. Think big

Sometimes all you need is one pot to make a huge impact! Choose a bigger plant such as a lush and leafy golden cane palm, for example – and plant it in a large pot, which will allow plenty of room for roots to grow and will ensure your plant is stable and not top-heavy. Think about placement: a corner is ideal, but it can be an attention-grabbing feature in an entrance, as long as it’s not blocking the thoroughfare.

Entrance of house with light timber flooring, large black pot with fern and yellow wall print.

5. Pick the perfect pot

A beautiful pot can be a major design asset and can really lift an ordinary houseplant. Bright colours and striking patterns make a strong statement, textured pots bring subtle interest (especially when using a single colour) and soft pastels or neutral tones can make glossy, green foliage sing.

Bright lounge area with a white couch, cushions, tree views, coffee table, decorative ladder and potted plants.

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Photo Credit: Michelle Holden

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.