9 incredible ways to transform your shelves with plants
The mighty return of indoor plants has emerged as one of the biggest interiors trends this year. We should know. We can’t get enough of them.
The other big trend that emerged this year via Instagram? Shelfies. Artfully-styled shelves that are less about the practicality of storing books and photos and more about the careful arrangement of special objets and mementos.
Put plants on shelves and you’ve got two hot trends and one sure-fire way to beautifully transform the walls of your home.
Here, we’ve rounded up nine amazing shelves that have been enhanced by lush greenery and potted beauty.
Top: Photography by Marij Hessel for Enter my Attic.
1. One of my favourite indoor plants, rhipsalis, makes a stunning appeance in this kitchen, alongside some other trailing beauties. Without this carefully considered green wall, courtesy of two floating shelves installed above the sink, this kitchen would look cold and sterile with its stainless steel benchtop and dark timber cabinetry.
2. The new purpose-built ladder shelf has popped up as a trend of its own this year, thanks to its Scandi-inspired form and super-practical function. Perfect for small spaces and odd corners that need an instant lift. Styled with monochrome ceramics and planters, the four potplants add texture and bring this little vignette to life.
3. Looking to make a statement in your home? Wallpaper with a strong pattern isn’t for style wusses – this look requires bravery and a great collection of mid-century ceramics and planters. Take inspiration from the rather magnificent cactus, which adds a strong graphic dimension positioned next to the floating shelves.
4. Monochrome decor, white shelves and a touch of natural timber is a winning combo in many Scandi-inspired vignettes. Add a trailing ivy plant on the top shelf, and balance with a smaller, more compact plant on the opposite side on the bottom shelf. Perfect.
5. What’s not to love about mid-century sideboards, timber floorboards, and a curious ginger cat (can you spot shy white kitty too? It’s a bit Where’s Wally.) Add a string-system inspired shelf and you’ve got loads of surfaces to display your urban plant jungle. The vintage terracotta pots and planters pick up the warmth in the sideboard and timber floors, while the greenery adds that vibrant colour contrast and textural interest. Just fab.
6. Here we see copper and metallic vessels working side-by-side a mix of black and white ceramic pots and objets. Mix tiny singular pots of cacti with larger plants for the perfect balance. And pop a big leafy plant at the base to anchor your new green wall.
7. Bookshelf perfection. In this library-living room, custom-made shelving and cabinetry makes an impact stretched across an entire wall. Books are the main player here, but a couple of trailing plants on either side of the wall break up the horizontal lines and brings the outside in.
8. Transform your work space into a lush urban jungle. Here, a couple of plants add trailing greenery to the wall-mounted shelves (a gorgeous string of pearls plant works hard in this spot), while a vignette of greenery at the base enhances the look of a vertical garden. Note how the clever use of a framed artwork – of a fur tree – extends the greenery theme without an actual living plant.
9. Here we see terracotta pots and planters in golden tones enhance the warm tones of timber. The use of natural woven baskets adds that much-needed textural detail, while a painting on the top shelf sets the scene for an indoor living landscape.