The Unexpected Reason to Add Plants to Your Home

The Unexpected Reason to Add Plants to Your Home

Katie Holdefehr
May 30, 2016

There are many widely accepted reasons to bring plants into your home—they look nice, they clean the air, they add life to a room. But here's one you probably haven't thought of...

They can make a space feel bigger.

Yes, really.

When strategically placed, dramatic houseplants that hang down low, sweep the ceiling, and spread out will draw the eye, highlighting vertical space or a second floor. Here are nine over-the-top houseplants and how they work as space show-offs in a particular room. Here are some examples of how it works:

By Having Major Wing Span (as shown above)

This is it: the fiddle leaf fig to end all fiddle leaf figs. It's far-reaching, graceful, and knows exactly how to move within a space.

By Taking You to the Next Level

If you have a second floor with a landing or a loft, placing plants on the upper level draws the eye up. Arrange hanging plants along the railing so that they spill over the edge. Bursts of color call attention to what is likely one of the loftiest points in your home, a spot where you can see the full height of two stories at once.

A mix of overhanging foliage draws attention to the second floor in Jenn & Hunter's Historic Landmark Apartment.

As some of the only hits of color in an all-white apartment, hanging plants along the ladder catch the eye, inviting you up to the loft.

By Going to Great Lengths

Long and flowing ivies, pothos, and strings of pearls play up the vertical space in a home. In the same way that floor-to-ceiling curtains can make a room look taller, long hanging plants draw the eye up. If you have a small space, but surprisingly high ceilings, opt for one of these varieties.

Pothos that trails the entire length of a long and narrow shelving unit plays up the vertical space in this apartment.

This vine grows both up—highlighting the ceiling beams—and down to a bench below.

Plants that hang above your head direct your gaze up, up, all the way to the ceiling.

By Spreading Out

You've heard of manspreading . . . well, this is plant-spreading. Vines that stretch along walls and indoor trees that branch out in all directions show off all the space there is to grow.

A vine creeping along the length of a wall, up near the molding, carries our gaze around the room.

By Making You Feel Small

These towering, over-the-top houseplants might just make you contemplate your own insignificance. They emphasize how big these spaces truly are, because only 20-foot ceilings could hold them.

I might have to retract my last statement about fiddle leaf fig trees. This one is enormous.

Because every library needs a tall tree to reach the top shelves, right?

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