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How to decorate with indoor plants
Mar 13

Trend Alert: Top Indoor Plants for 2018

Adding some greenery indoors is an easy way of injecting some colour and life to your home. Maintaining the life of an indoor plant can be tricky, particularly when there are so many variables affecting its well-being. Light, water and fluctuating temperatures can be enough to drive the greenest of thumbs mad.

Artificial greenery and flowers can be your forever friends. Never have the fear of keeping these plants alive, as they can last a lifetime. The plants and flowers seen in-store are on trend and in season, from lush green tropical potted plants and trees, to delicate and soft floral sprays. These plants are being snapped up by interior stylists and decorators, simply as they can enhance a room by adding structure, colour and dimension, plus require no maintenance.



Using artificial plants & greenery to enhance spaces for a lush, tropical feel

When looking for greenery for your home, consider the types of colour that will mesh well with your space and the size and density required to fill the gaps. Consider stand-alone trees for impact in corner areas. Try clusters of small plants for walkways and decorating on furniture surfaces.

Let’s take a look at the hottest plants (and artificial ones!) to decorate your home with this season.


Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

The most popular plant on Pinterest, and an all time favourite of 2017, has held its ground as a winner for indoor spaces in 2018. This tropical tree requires a lot of love and attention indoors, but can reward you with lush green leafy branches that can grow upwards to a couple of metres tall. But why put yourself through this pain, when you can find one in the exact height and thickness you need that will never turn brown or drop leaves!

Fiddle Leaf Fig Artificial

Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant (various sizes $19.95-$110) 

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Artificial

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree 

Rubber Plant Tree

The rubber tree plant, has structure and balance with its robust, dark glossy leaves. Go for a large 1m rubber tree to decorate a corner or passageway. For a side table or console try a small 30-40cm size and group with a couple of other elements. For a modern look, the rubber tree with its rich colour and pink accents, can be styled with a simple white or black pot. For a softer, natural look go for a woven basket or terracotta pot.

Rubber Plant Artificial

Rubber Plant various sizes ($145-385 )                                                                                                        

Rubber Plant Styling Interiors

Medium size Rubber Plant styled in a basket (image credit: House Beautiful)

Monsteria Deliciosa Plant

Also known as the swiss cheese plant, the Monsteria Deliciosa has been picked as the hottest plant for 2018. Large fanning, cut out leaves and bright tropical greens, make this plant a fascinating point of interest to any room. Find a nice corner and pot stand to let this plant truly shine. Style single leaf spray in a small vase on your coffee table, small side table or kitchen bench.

Monstera Deliciosa Plant Artificial

Monsteria Deliciosa Plant 91cm ($135)

Monstera Deliciosa Plant Interiors

For height use a side table or stool (image credit: UO)


Alocasia Calidora

Also known as ‘elephant ears’ this tropical plant in the wild can grow up to 2.5 metres tall. Alocasia Calidora has wonderful palm like leaves that fan out and arch in a graceful way. The ribbed leaves heart shape leaves are a focal point and will enhance your room in a dramatic way.

Elephant ears plant artificial

Alocasia Calidora Plant 1m ($365)

Elephant Ears artificial plant SHACK

Alocasia Calidora styled in a corner with woven basket 

Spathiphyllum Lily

The peace lily is a graceful plant that has an all year-round appeal. It blooms with white flowers around the leaf stalk that fade to a greenish or yellow colour over time. Style this plant in any space that needs a calming effect in a white or neutral pot.

Peace Lily Plant Artificial

Spathiphyllum Lily Plant 53cm ($95)

Peace Lily Interior Style

Peace Lily style with neutral pots (image credit: diyncrafts)

Pathos Plant

A vining plant, this patterned foliage can add much need texture and interest to a room. The leaves are spotty white and green and cascade beautifully at great lengths. Style a bunch in a bowl or pot and allow it to hang over a bookcase or a sideboard. Bring it into the living area and style next to a lounge in a pot on a stand.


Pathos Plant Foliage ($29.95)

pathos plant styling interiors

Pathos hanging vine (image credit: apartmenttherapy)

To view our wide range of greenery, artificial plants, flower and stems, head to your nearest SHACK Sydney store location. For more inspiration and the latest new season arrivals follow us on Instagram.

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