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Can we let you in on a little secret? As much as we love photo decor, we're plant people too. (Our overgrown office can confirm it!) And as far as we're concerned, foliage belongs in the frame just as much as it belongs in the pot. In fact, we'd say the real magic happens when plantscapes and photoscapes come together.
That's why we teamed up with our friends at The Sill to dream up some of the many ways you can bring the outside in to add life to any space. Join us as we merge flora and photo with 12 plant-centric decor ideas that decorators, photographers, and green thumbs can all get behind.
The seasons are in constant flux — so why not your photo decor? A display box lets you slip a featured photo in the front, while storing up to dozens more in the back compartment. Simply create a set of prints that celebrate the cyclical shifts of mother nature, and swap out photos as flowers bloom and leaves change. It's a thoughtful way to add a touch of seasonal intention to the beautiful permanence of your indoor plantscape.
Plant-based photo decor offers a unique opportunity to coordinate your color palette by creating harmony between plants and pictures. Try matching the hues in the photo to those of the planters you're using for your indoor herbage to bring a sense of continuity and connection to the scene.
"If you’re looking for a plant to fill the space around your favorite print, consider a tall floor plant like the Snake Plant Laurentii. Tie the room together by placing yours in a colorful planter — think mint, blush, or organic tones — to complement your wall decor."
Coordination is a good thing, but when things get too "matchy matchy" it can make the room feel a little monotonous. An easy way to avoid this is by varying the foliage in your photography with that of the room, while bringing a little diversity into your plant collection as well. Try making the photo something you likely won't be able to grow at home. For example: Don't have quite enough sunlight in your space to support cacti? Use framed prints as a means of integrating prickly pals.
"To add variety while still keeping in mind the lighting conditions of your home, consider adding a Norfolk Island Pine (pictured above) — especially around the holidays. This plant favorite is low-light-tolerant, so even if your home isn’t cactus-ready, it can still feel full of green goodness."
Bringing your travels to your walls is a tried-and-true classic, but focusing on foliage can give gallery walls an invitingly fresh angle. Strike a balance between people and plants, using the greenery of a given locale to paint an intricate picture of place. After all, the destinations that bring us joy are often a result of unfamiliar landscapes that made us feel right at home (and will all over again!).
"To complete your homage to the unfamiliar, add foliage that feels different from your average leafy plant, like a Golden Pothos. Paired with the destinations featured in your frames, a standout plant like this can be the final touch in transporting you to another place."
All it takes is a little texture to bring a new sense of visual appeal to pockets of your space. Adding florals to your photo decor is an approachable way to invite that texture in and play off the patterns added by your potted friends. No need to put all the pressure on a singular focal point — just use plants and pictures (and even the perfect throw pillow!) to sprinkle it in throughout.
Pro tip: Who says your photos have to be hung on the wall? Break the rules by bringing frames floor-level for welcome texture where it's least expected.
There's no shame in keeping it simple. In fact, plants on solid backgrounds can add interest to your walls in a clean and decluttering manner. You can think of the background in the photos as accent paint, providing pops of color that play nicely with minimalist interior design, where too much patterning or tone variation may otherwise feel intrusive.
"A bit of greenery goes a long way in a minimalist design scheme. If you’re looking for that touch of green, while cutting down on care and maintenance, simply add a Faux Pilea Peperomioides. It's a set-it-and-forget addition that's especially perfect for your rooms less utilized."
Watch tranquility trickle into the room when you use water as a natural element that adds to plant-focused design schemes. Cool tones and reflection can infuse a sense of calm into any space, along with some welcome blues to pair with those greens.
"To add life while staying true to the tranquility of cool water tones, add a Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree. The deep green leaves, paired with a neutral black or pale grey planter, are right at home in the zen-inspiring scene painted by your water-forward wallscape."
Focusing a series of photos on similar subjects is one of our favorite shortcuts to a gallery wall. Whether it's trees, flowers, succulents, or (insert your favorite type of growth here), try bringing different variations and locations together under the unified canopy of a single category. You might just be surprised how well palms, pines, and redwoods play together.
Give dried flowers a third life! By taking photos of your dried blooms on solid backgrounds, you'll get the same decor effect without the dust-gathering mess. It's also yet another simple idea for creating a series that makes the space feel like its truly yours.
"The Bird’s Nest Fern (next to the prints in the image above) grows in a similar fashion to flowers, making it a great complement to any dried blooms collection. Its wavy leaves grow out of a central rosette, similar to the center of a rose and its surrounding petals."
We're all familiar with the heartbreak of watching a beautiful bouquet wither away. Keep those blooms on display long after the flowers are gone by giving it permanence in the form of a framed photo. For the best results, crop the image tightly around the flowers themselves.
Pro tip: If you need a hand with cropping the photo, check out our iPhone photo editing tips.
"If you want beautiful blooms around long after you’ve said goodbye to your favorite bouquet, consider adding a Pink Anthurium: the world’s longest blooming houseplant."
Go graphic with high-contrast prints of botanicals. Converting to black and white helps create an abstract effect, while displaying the most interesting details of the flora you find in the wild (or even just in your own home). This is simple enough to pull off by quickly applying a black and white filter in your native phone editor — or using tools like Lightroom Presets if you have the access.
"Extend the black and white theme by incorporating neutral planters, like the Dolores planter in black or the Grant planter in cream."
Wallpaper doesn't need to cover your entire wall — and you can create your own by arranging patterns out of living or dried botanicals. All you need is a solid background to achieve the effect. Just take photos and print them on a large frame or two. The foraging and patternmaking are sure to be fun family activities the little ones will love.
"To give your wallpaper the spotlight it deserves, place large Faux Dracaena trees on each side to frame it as a visual focal point."