Spotted: 82 Ways People Are Using Plants as Decor

Blue chair with yellow pot and green plant
credit: Stephen Paul

We at Hunker have the privilege of photographing personal spaces. One thing we love to see is how greenery is incorporated throughout various homes, whether it's a simple plant placed strategically upon a high shelf, or where plants play a major role in the overall aesthetic of a home (like here and here). Scroll through for some of our favorite looks, and maybe take a visit to your local nursery this weekend if you feel so inspired.

1. One thing we can never get enough of? A healthy green plant sitting in a cement planter.

Plant on shelf
credit: Stephen Paul

2. The mix of materials, textures, styles, and the lone cactus plant just works. Oh, and you can stay here.

Cactus at the Urban Cowboy
credit: Chloe Berk

3. A beachy, boho vibe on a charming California bungalow mantel.

4. Plants inside a shower? Absolutely.

Shower with plant
credit: Stephen Paul

5. Simplicity at its best: a plant and a coffee table book. What more do you need? (Check out these supremely cute coffee table plants to find the right one for you.)

Coffee table with book and plant
credit: Stephen Paul

6. A pegboard can provide the perfect place to rest a medium-sized green plant — specifically a Pilea peperomioides. (Seen here at Hunker House.)

Pegboard with plant
credit: Stephen Paul

7. Spotted: a fiddle-leaf fig tree offering an organic element in a contemporary kitchen.

8. We feel happy just looking at these vibrant plants holding their own amidst the colorful artwork and decor.

Blue planter and plant next to colorful decor
credit: Stephen Paul

9. You might think this is a ficus plant standing quietly in the back. And you're right.

Sitting area with bookshelves and plant
credit: Stephen Paul

10. Drama and mood set the scene with a eucalyptus plant sitting upon a black shelf.

Eucalyptus plant against black wall
credit: Stephen Paul

11. We love this bedroom vignette: a Hawkins brass tray, a Floyd side table, a Schoolhouse sconce. And in the middle of it all, a simple plant in a vase.

Bedside table with wall sconce
credit: Stephen Paul

12. A pink $5 pot from IKEA is all that this croton needs to stand out on a kitchen countertop.

wood cutting boards an plant in IKEA pot
credit: Stephen Paul

13. This creative urban living space is allllllllll about the plants.

Bedroom with plants
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14. Texture here, get your texture here! In the back is a fishtail palm, on the right is a rubber tree, and, look closely, and you'll see a philodendron monstera. Don't forget that variegated rubber tree on the left. And the ficus stands alone.

Hunker House living room
credit: Stephen Paul

15. An eclectic look within an urban bohemian farmstead located in LA's Laurel Canyon.

16. Bringing Mother Earth to an urban setting. It's all Gubi, man.

Black chair, black round mirror, plant and lamp
credit: Stephen Paul

17. Mix and match your plants, and put them on a pedestal while you're at it.

Plants by a rattan chair near a large window with natural light
credit: Stephen Paul

18. Oh, majestic fiddle-leaf fig tree, you fill this bedroom corner so beautifully.

Chair with fiddle-leaf fig tree
credit: Stephen Paul

19. So what if you have a small bathroom with very little space? Simply place a plant right there on the floor in a midcentury-inspired plant stand.

Small bathroom sink with basket hamper and plant
credit: Stephen Paul

20. A fresh eucalyptus plant is a welcome addition to a wood and white kitchen. (Disclaimer, it's my kitchen.) (Also, yes, you do spy some snake plants in the background.)

Modern kitchen with white and wood cabinets
credit: Stephen Paul

21. Remember that first photo of the blue chair and plant? Pull out the lens a bit and we see more of that scene. This room gets even better with the tall tree ... and more color, of course.

Colorful decor with tall tree plant
credit: Stephen Paul

22. A ceramic pot from Pigeon Toe provides a safe space for this plant upon a bathroom countertop.

Bathroom counter with plant
credit: Stephen Paul

23. Little, but impactful. A small succulent sits upon a stack of cookbooks on an open kitchen shelf.

Kitchen shelf with cookbooks and plant
credit: Stephen Paul

24. This minimalist Pasadena, California home has an earthy bedroom that gets a pop of life from a tall green plant.

Earthy bedroom with tall plant
credit: Stephen Paul

25. A cement pot is always a good idea for a gorgeous philodendron. This one is placed high upon a tall bathroom cabinet.

Plant up on high cabinet
credit: Stephen Paul

26. Green plants in blue containers gives us dreamy California vibes.

27. Air plants sit simply in a reimagined fruit bowl.

Gubi bowl with airplant
credit: Stephen Paul

28. These Muji baskets were stacked up as a storage solution for a small bathroom, holding a little plant and white towels.

Basket with white towels and plant
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29. This sweet plant sits on a bathroom counter, expertly hiding an electrical outlet.

Plant on bathroom counter
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30. Hang a plant, sit a plant ... it's all good.

Hanging plant and sitting plant
credit: Stephen Paul

31. Why have a television when you could just sit on the couch and stare at a healthy fiddle-leaf fig tree?

32. A macrame plant hanger for the boho babe in you.

Macrame plant hanger
credit: Stephen Paul

33. How gorgeous does this plant look cascading down a cane cabinet?

34. We are big fans of any kind of greenery in the bathroom. Here, a eucalyptus arrangement is just so pretty.

35. This plant reaches for the natural light in an industrial-style downtown Los Angeles loft.

Plant in an industrial space
credit: Stephen Paul

36. We stand in support of snake plants because they are pretty much unkillable.

Snake plant on entryway table
credit: Stephen Paul

37. No clutter here. Just a cute plant. A fern, to be exact.

Plant on wood credenza
credit: Stephen Paul

38. If you can go big and go home, you should definitely do it.

39. An Umbra stool becomes the perfect platform for a jade pothos plant in this bathroom scene. And that N'Joy pothos in a little white pot is just right for a small shelf.

Bathroom sink with plants
credit: Stephen Paul

40. Proof that you don't always need a fancy container for your plants.

41. A string of pearls, some blue and white ceramics ... and now, a collective sigh.

String of pearls plant on shelf with ceramics
credit: Stephen Paul

42. This sitting area warms up with a big, leafy plant.

Sitting room with plant and natural light
credit: Stephen Paul

43. We feel like this big plant, sitting upon an entryway table, says, "Good vibes ahead. Welcome!"

Entryway table with plant
credit: Stephen Paul

44. Kudos to anyone who can keep a plant like this healthy and thriving.

Tall plant near credenza and art
credit: Stephen Paul

45. A home office with vintage decor warms up with some live greenery.

46. If you have a lot of wood and leather, a plant adds a perfect pop of color.

47. Fireplace doesn't work? Just place a bunch of plants in front of it.

Artwork, tall ceiling, leather couch, and plenty of plants in a modern home
credit: Stephen Paul

48. Plant stands always look good.

49. Back-of-the-toilet styling.

50. The natural light hitting the plants in this Toronto bedroom is just beautiful.

Plants near bedroom mirror and doors
credit: Angela Lewis

51. This plant isn't covering the art, it's kind of part of the art.

Plant in front of blue art on bedroom dresser
credit: Angela Lewis

52. You know what they say: tall plant ... tall ceilings. (Check out this super-cool California geodesic dome.)

Piano and tall plant
credit: Stephen Paul

53. Green scene on a bedside table.

54. Bookshelf styling we can get behind. The succulents and leafy greens look right at home.

Bookshelf with succulents and other plants
credit: Stephen Paul
Bedroom with plants
credit: Chloe Berk

56. A high open shelf is practically begging for a plant to drape off of it in a dramatic way, like a gorgeous marble pothos.

plant on high open shelf
credit: Nicole Mason

57. The styling of this entryway plant, and the surrounding decor, is everything.

58. Welcome to the jungle.

Plants in loft with view of Los Angeles skyline
credit: Stephen Paul

59. The black planter next to the leather couch topped with a sheepskin rug is a big yes.

60. Talk about first impressions: This entryway hall is made with pine-strip details, which creates a stunning backdrop for the plants.

Wood-strip entry hall with plants
credit: Stephen Paul

61. The greenery gives this charming dining room such an inviting feeling.

Dining room with plants and artwork on wall
credit: Stephen Paul

62. Love a nice hanging plant in the bathroom.

Hanging plant in bathroom
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63. And ... more plants in the bathroom. The greenery against the green tile is so lovely.

Green tile bathroom with plants
credit: Stephen Paul

64. This feels soothing just looking at it.

White living room with green tall plant
credit: Stephen Paul

65. A succulent sanctuary up near the front window celebrates the natural light.

Minimalist home with succulents near window
credit: Stephen Paul

66. The owners of this hillside home take creative liberty in displaying their plants in a variety of ways.

Living room with many plants
credit: Stephen Paul

67. Keep it minimal, keep it creative, keep it cactus.

Guitar with stack of books and a cactus plant
credit: Stephen Paul

68. In this kitchen, a lacy fern adds life.

Lacy fern in all white kitchen
credit: Stephen Paul

69. See? Proof that you don't need much in a bedroom when you have a big leafy plant. Place it on a small table for greater effect.

70. Plants in opposite corners on a wall balance things out.

71. Tall green plant + white walls + slate tile floors = bathroom goals.

Tall green plant in white and grey bathroom
credit: Stephen Paul

72. These plants mix in perfectly in this color-loving maximalist's dining room.

Blue dining room with art and plants
credit: Alex Reyto

73. A plant at the foot of a bed? Why not. Just make sure your covers don't fall off and smoosh it.

74. In a minimal space (or maybe if you don't have a lot of furniture), all you really need is one great chair and one striking, tall plant.

Tall plant in corner next to a leather chair
credit: Stephen Paul

75. Look at this! Little plants in little glass vials, lined up above a headboard.

Plants above a headboard
credit: Amber Thrane

76. These plants look like pieces of sculpture within this spacious loft.

77. A pretty fern on a bedroom dresser for everyday joy.

Fern plant on a dresser
credit: Carrie Waller

78. When you want to serve up some serious desert vibes, you do it like this — with a variety of succulents.

79. A plant within a brown bag within a boho basket just works.

Plant next to yellow couch
credit: Stephen Paul

80. It's safe to say that this loft dweller loves her plants. A lot.

81. Bring nature inside and surround yourself with it.

82. Definitely put this baby in the corner.


Laurie Gunning Grossman

Laurie Gunning Grossman

Laurie Gunning Grossman, Hunker’s editorial director, caught the California boho minimalist bug. So, she bought a cream-colored couch. And she also lives with two kids and two dogs, so we’ll see how that decision pans out.