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Interior Design Tutorial: Learn How to Decorate a Room with Plants

Learn how to decorate a room with plants considering volumetry, with Daniel Virginio

As you know, design can transform ordinary settings into cozy, comfortable and personalized spaces. But did you ever stop to think about the power of plants? They can transform cold rooms into warm and cozy places as if by magic.

Landscape Gardener and Content Creator Daniel Virgnio (@danielvirgnio), is the man behind Verde Terapia (Green Therapy) and the Cafofo do Dani Instagram profile. He shares his secrets to allow you to add energy, color and light to any interior design project.

Daniel Virginio knows the secrets you need to add energy, color and light to any space.

In this tutorial, he teaches you how to design with plants taking volumetry and harmony into account.

You don’t want to miss it!

The first step in any design process that uses plants is to prepare your setting. It’s best to use furniture and wall paint that provides a harmonious contrast with the green of your plants.

The room in this tutorial features elements of white, terracotta and green, balanced with the wooden floor.

Make a hole in the ceiling for a hanging plant

Decide on a spot, preferably a corner, where you’re going to start your composition. The hole in the ceiling allows you to include plants that drape downwards, like Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum Aureum). This adds volume and elegance.

If you’re working with a tall sofa, you can use wooden boxes or books to support your plants. But be careful if you’re using books. You’ll need a tray to avoid them getting wet.

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Use wooden boxes or books to support your plants.

Let’s have a look at the plants we used in this room in more detail. They’re ideal for enclosed spaces with indirect light.

Pacová (Philodendron Martianum)

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This plant comes in a range of sizes.

Prayer Plants (Marantaceae or Arrowroot family)

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Prayer plants are a very versatile family of house plants. This Brazilian Ctenanthe Amabilis has beautifully variagated leaves. Calathea Makoyana aka the Peacock Plant is another gorgeous option.

Lacy Tree Philodendron (Thaumatophyllum Bipinnatifidum)

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This medium-sized plant has a unique leaf shape.

Philodendron

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Philodendrons are a very charismatic plant.

Begonia Maculata and the Areca palm (Dypsis Lutescens)

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Begonia maculata and the areca palm are small plants that like being kept near the floor.

Emerald Palm (Zamioculcas)

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You can find zamioculcas in a range of sizes, which make them very versatile.

Fiddle-Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata)

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The Fiddle-Leaf Fig is also available in different sizes but it’s best not to buy one that’s too big.

Ivy

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This versatile plant is ideal for hanging.

Use chairs, bedside tables or other small pieces of furniture to arrange the space alongside your plants.

Check out the result:

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Wide shot of the room designed by Daniel.
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Wide shot of the room designed by Daniel.

If you’d like to learn more about how to add life, character and beauty to your environment and transform any space using the magic of plants, don’t miss Daniel’s online course: Expressive Decoration with Indoor Plants.

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