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Home visit: use plants to soften an interior

Try using greenery to decorate your home in different ways. House plants can soften the sharp lines of furniture and walls, and help divide an open-plan space into zones.

Pot plants on a blue sideboard against an orange wall and a woman watering plants on a black table.

Create unusual displays Find new and interesting places to display collections of plants and turn indoor growing into living art. Kyra created a vertical display of small pot plants on an old stepladder at her home in Australia. ‘Having lots of plants on display helps us feel connected to what’s going on outside,’ says Kyra. Try framing a window with house plants to blur the lines between outdoor and in.

Add plants for privacy Use large, straight-growing plants to create a subtle, natural screen that separates different parts of your home. ‘We came to realise open-plan living was about creating little areas,’ says Kyra. She used plants to soften the monochrome room divider that separates the living and sleeping areas. Try mixing different shades of green and contrasting pots to create a layered, jungle look.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

Made by
Interior stylist: Carl Braganza
Photographer: Lisa Cohen
Follow Kyra on Instagram @kyrabartley
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