From purifying the air to making your home feel warm and inviting, there are numerous reasons why you should start incorporating greenery into your home decor. But in small apartments, plants and flowers can take up valuable counter space. That’s why we’ve got a few tips on how you can have the best of both worlds — beautiful greenery and plenty of space in your apartment.

Cozy living room with plant

7 Tips for Decorating with Plants

  1. Go small and sporadic. This probably sounds like a no-brainer if you live in a small apartment, but all too often people bite off a bit more than they can chew and buy one large plant for their space. Instead, buy several smaller plants and place them throughout your apartment.
  2. Know what you’re buying. Make sure that the plant you’re buying doesn’t start off small and adorable, then grow to nearly 10 feet wide in a matter of months.
  3. Don’t forget about the ceiling. Where’s the first place you think to put flowers after you get them? Odds are, it’s the dinning room table. And while flowers certainly make a beautiful centerpiece, you may have to ditch the traditional flower spots in favor of more creative locations, like hanging from the ceiling.
  4. Think outside the living room. Living rooms and kitchens are two of the most cluttered areas of any house or apartment, so plants and flowers will probably get lost among stacks of bills, and pots and pans. Instead of running to the living room with your new addition, think about moving it into the bathroom, your bedroom, or an office.
  5. Go out on the terrace. Not all apartments have a balcony or terrace, but if yours does, take advantage of it! Just make sure to weigh down the base or move plants inside during bad weather.
  6. Go vertical. Designing in small spaces means getting a little creative. If you want a garden or variety of flowers in your apartment, try stacking potted plants on top of one another — with each one getting smaller as you ascend. You can also add plants to your walls and appliances with our magnetic succulent trio.
  7. Grow something that lasts all year. The last thing you want is a plant that looks beautiful one summer, then requires a ton of maintenance the next season, so choose perennial flowers instead of annual ones.
Flowers hanging on wall

Best Plants to Have Indoors

Like we said, some plants start out small and quickly grow to alarming heights. For that reason, it’s important to know what type of plant.. what type of plant you’re buying before you move it into your apartment.

Some great indoor plants are:

  • Succulents: From a glass terrarium to a wall garden, succulents can thrive in almost any environment. And what they lack in size, they certainly make up for in their fun colors and geometric designs.
  • Bonsai: Don’t let the fact that you live in an apartment keep you from owning a tree. Yup, we said a tree! Bonsai is the Japanese art of growing ornamental, or “miniature” trees. So while these bonsai trees look and feel just like traditional trees, they’re perfectly sized to fit on your coffee table.
  • Rose plants: If you love getting a bouquet of roses, imagine how you’d feel about getting an entire rose garden? Our budding rose plants add charm and life to any space, without actually taking over that space.
  • Bamboo: From naturally standing to beautifully manipulated, heart-shaped bamboo stalks, give someone you love the gift of good luck this season with a bamboo plant!
  • Dish garden: Can’t decide on just one type of plant? With our dish gardens, there’s no need to! Now, you can gather your favorite succulents, flowers, and plants all in one place. And if you want your plants to be as functional as they are beautiful, check out our herb garden.
  • Orchids: Even if you live in the “Concrete Jungle,” you can wake up feeling like you’re on a tropical island with the help of a few colorful and elegant orchids.
Modern loft with plants

Whether it’s your apartment, office, or bedroom, bring life to your small space with our one-of-a-kind plant collection.


Tara Carlson graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Public Relations and loves any and all things creative writing - which is why she is thrilled to be working with Petal Talk. When she's not writing, you can probably find her swimming at the beach, playing soccer, and catching up on the latest movies (she's a big fan of award season)!

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