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Here’s How Interior Designers Use Plants to Nail the Latest Home Decor Trends

Home office space designed by designer Estelle Bailey-Babenzien for Small/Cool Experience for Apartment Therapy

Have a room in your home that you just don’t know how to decorate? You’re in luck. Apartment Therapy tapped top designers to show what they can do in just 120 square feet for Apartment Therapy’s Small/Cool Experience in New York City. What the rooms lacked in space, they more than made up for in style. See how six of the designers brought the latest home trends to life with assistance from Bloomscape plants. Prepare to be seriously inspired.

Small Space Inspiration for Decorating With Plants

Warm Minimalism

Living room designed by designer Bobby Berk for Small/Cool Experience for Apartment Therapy
Warm Minimalism, a living room designed by Bobby Berk for Small/Cool Experience by Apartment Therapy

Bobby Berk curated a simple, welcoming living room that softens the sharp angles often found in minimalism with organic shapes, including a Ficus Alii plant with curving woven stems. Neutrals are warmed with terracotta tones for a cozier kind of minimalism.

Serenity Now

Bedroom designed by designer Ayesha Curry for Small/Cool Experience for Apartment Therapy
Serenity Now, a bedroom designed by Ayesha Curry and Parisa O’Connell for Small/Cool Experience by Apartment Therapy

In the pursuit of calm and cleanness, it can be easy to veer into sterility. But a neutral palette can be made more inviting with interesting textures and natural elements, as in the bedroom designed by Ayesha Curry and Parisa O’Connell. A striking mural warms up the walls, while a leafy Bird of Paradise provides contrast to the stark lines of the furniture.

Make It Maximalist

Dining room designed by designer David Quarles IV for Small/Cool Experience for Apartment Therapy
Make It Maximalist, a dining room designed by David Quarles IV for Small/Cool Experience by Apartment Therapy

Sometimes more is more. David Quarles IV shows how good maximalism can look with a bold dining room that features jewel tones and elegant brass accents. Lofty palm plants, including our Bamboo Palm, draw the eye upward for even more visual drama.

Biophilic Beauty

Home office space designed by designer Estelle Bailey-Babenzien for Small/Cool Experience for Apartment Therapy
Biophilic Beauty, a home office space designed by Estelle Bailey-Babenzien for Small/Cool Experience by Apartment Therapy

An office doubles as a meditative resting space in this room created by Estelle Bailey-Babenzien, who says, “This room is designed for creative thoughts and manifestations.” Using clever methods to trick the eye, Bailey-Babenzien managed to make the space feel airier by incorporating large arched mirrors and plants of varying heights and sizes.

Home office space designed by designer Estelle Bailey-Babenzien for Small/Cool Experience for Apartment Therapy
Biophilic Beauty, a home office space designed by Estelle Bailey-Babenzien for Small/Cool Experience by Apartment Therapy

From the tall and dramatic Ficus Alii, Bamboo Palm, Fiddle Leaf Fig, and Dracaena Gold Star to the eye-catching and more full Sanseveria and Monstera to the tabletop Monstera Adaonsonii, plants can help draw visual attention to key areas in your home.

Moody Musings

Living room designed by designer Jaclyn Journey and Amanda Jacobs for Small/Cool Experience for Apartment Therapy
Moody Musings, a sitting room designed by Jaclyn Journey and Amanda Jacobs for Small/Cool Experience by Apartment Therapy

Add romance to your life with a sumptuous sitting room. The one designed by Jaclyn Journey and Amanda Jacobs showcases rich hues paired with luxurious velvet fabrics.

Living room designed by designer Jaclyn Journey and Amanda Jacobs for Small/Cool Experience for Apartment Therapy
Moody Musings, a sitting room designed by Jaclyn Journey and Amanda Jacobs for Small/Cool Experience by Apartment Therapy

An assortment of plants, including a Bamboo Palm, Monstera, Hedgehog Aloe, and Peperomia Watermelon, help to set a mood that’s just right.

The New Kitsch

Dining room designed by designer Michelle Fahmy for Small/Cool Experience for Apartment Therapy
The New Kitsch, a dining room designed by Michelle Fahmy for Small/Cool Experience by Apartment Therapy

Small spaces are the perfect size to experiment your heart out. The mini dining room designed by Michelle Fahmy ties together eclectic patterns with a repeating color scheme of pink, blue, yellow, and green.

Dining room designed by designer Michelle Fahmy for Small/Cool Experience for Apartment Therapy
The New Kitsch, a dining room designed by Michelle Fahmy for Small/Cool Experience by Apartment Therapy

Plants including a Dracaena Gold Star and a Sanseveria enhance the decor, adding interesting shapes and color to the room.

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