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Sky’s the Limit: 5 Indoor Plants for Rooms with High Ceilings

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Sky’s the Limit: 5 Indoor Plants for Rooms with High Ceilings

April 26, 2017

The design conundrum of “how to make the most of a small space” gets a lot of attention these days. But creating a cozy environment in a lofty room can be equally challenging. One easy fix for looming spaces is to fill them with house plants.

Wondering how to fill a large room with house plants? Not to worry. This owner of a roomy abode has been doing some research. Here are five tips to design with indoor plants in rooms with high ceilings:

Houseplants as Furniture

Designer Molly Wood says: “Interior plants add life, form, texture, and personality to a home.&#8
Above: Designer Molly Wood says: “Interior plants add life, form, texture, and personality to a home.” She was a finalist in our 2013 Considered Design Awards contest. See more of her work at Molly Wood Garden Design.

Houseplants as Chandeliers

Ferns, succulents, and other moisture-loving plants hang from the existing ceiling joists in a bathroom. Explains London architect Simon Astridge, “The idea was to bring the outdoors in and make the space feel relaxing.” Photography by Nicholas Worley, courtesy of Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop.
Above: Ferns, succulents, and other moisture-loving plants hang from the existing ceiling joists in a bathroom. Explains London architect Simon Astridge, “The idea was to bring the outdoors in and make the space feel relaxing.” Photography by Nicholas Worley, courtesy of Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop.

For more of this bath with plants, see A Japanese-Style Bath in London, Greenery Included on Remodelista.

Houseplants on Wheels

A fiddle leaf fig tree goes mobile.Photograph by Katie Newburn. For more, see Houseplants in the Bedroom, Teen Edition.
Above: A fiddle leaf fig tree goes mobile.Photograph by Katie Newburn. For more, see Houseplants in the Bedroom, Teen Edition.

Put a heavy planter on a wheels with a rolling plant stand; the fiddle leaf fig tree shown above moves around the house with ease on a Socker Plant Stand; $6.99 from Ikea.

Houseplants on Repeat

Six orchids in a row. From L to R, a pink Doritaenopsis hybrid, a fragrant Pansy Orchid, a white Moth Orchid, a Sharry Baby, a Lady’s Slipper, and a yellow Oncidium. Photograph by Mimi Giboin.
Above: Six orchids in a row. From L to R, a pink Doritaenopsis hybrid, a fragrant Pansy Orchid, a white Moth Orchid, a Sharry Baby, a Lady’s Slipper, and a yellow Oncidium. Photograph by Mimi Giboin.

Repeat a theme by grouping several of the same sorts of houseplants together; the result will have as much visual impact as a single large houseplant. For more, see Best Indoor Plants: 6 Flowering Orchids to Grow.

Houseplants in the Skylight

Photograph by Nicholas Worley courtesy of Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop.
Above: Photograph by Nicholas Worley courtesy of Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop.

A single suspended houseplant fills the empty space even in a large skylight, drawing the eye upward.

N.B.: This is an update of a post published March 22, 2013.

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Ginkgo Biloba

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$49.95 USD from Nature Hills Nursery

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