Plantscaping: Functional Uses of Plants in Interior Design

Have you ever heard of plantscaping? You may be familiar with landscaping that typically involves outdoor spaces. Plantscaping on the contrary, specializes in improving the visual appeal of indoor spaces by incorporating plants into interior design. Interior designers are increasingly turning to plantscaping for its ability to bring life into a room with visual accents and pops of color.

However, adding plants to your home or office is not just about aesthetics. Plantscaping can also serve practical purposes such as providing privacy in open office layouts, separating open concept rooms, and cleverly covering up less attractive areas while creating a welcoming atmosphere.

Plantique is the leading expert in South Florida and the Treasure Coast in designing and maintaining these interior plant designs. We specialize in commercial and residential spaces, offering custom biophilic design and installation. Let’s explore how we can use plantscaping or interior plant design to enhance your indoor space.

Plantscaping for Privacy

A uniquely useful way to add beautiful interior plant design to your space is by positioning plants to create privacy. Open office areas have become a popular workplace environment because of their ability to foster communication and collaboration, but they often have drawbacks, such as increased distractions and a lack of privacy for meetings or confidential conversations.

Our plant arrangements address these issues by offering secluded spots without sacrificing the open, collaborative feel of the space. Our selection of plants, such as fiddle leaf figs, pothos, ZZ plants, and kentia palms, can be positioned as such to improve privacy between desks and add a calming, visually appealing element to the environment when compared to a wall, glass, or another material object.

 And it’s not just limited to commercial spaces – there are many stunning plant setups that also work beautifully in residential settings. For instance, you can use a wall of plants in your patioscape instead of a fence to create privacy from neighbors. Or you can layer a living wall in front of a bathroom window to create a beautiful living privacy screen.

Some plants that are excellent choices to be used for privacy are as follows:

  •           Money Tree (Pachira Aquatica): The money tree is visually appealing with its dense foliage, providing a natural barrier. It’s also believed to bring good luck.
  •           Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii): Great for creating a natural screen with lush foliage, this exotic palm’s height makes it one of those excellent plants for privacy. 
  •           Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans): Ideal for smaller spaces and they can handle low-light and cool temperature conditions.
  •           Ficus Audrey (Ficus benghalensis): A statement plant that grows tall, perfect for creating private corners.
  •           Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica): Its large leaves are excellent for adding privacy and a touch of elegance.

These plants are only a few examples of how we at Plantique Florida can naturally add privacy to your spaces. However, adding plants for privacy isn’t the only way we can make your spaces greener in a purposeful and thoughtful manner.

Sectioning Spaces with Interior Plant Design

Plantscaping can also be extremely useful for creating smaller rooms inside a large open space when walls aren’t available. This is a common use for container plants for events, offices, or large open concept residential homes. Using plants to divide large open areas to create distinct areas is a more enriching, inviting and flexible way to rearrange a space.

 In commercial settings, such as galleries, venues, and restaurants, our plantscaping expertise is especially beneficial. Careful attention must be paid to visitor flow in these areas to not detract from the visitor experience. Our strategic use of plants helps manage crowded spaces, transforming them into separate areas where guests are naturally guided while maintaining aesthetic appeal and functionality.

 Choosing the right interior plant design to section spaces for your event can be incredibly helpful in directing guests and defining areas. A group of plants can frame seating areas, a large plant can accommodate an entryway, and hedges can prevent guests from wandering in certain areas. Additionally, plants can be used to create more private photo-op areas.

 In residential spaces, particularly those with open floor plans, plantscaping is equally effective. Container plants can subtly section off different areas, such as dividing a living room from a dining area, without disrupting the open concept. It is also a less permanent option that allows a homeowner to easily adapt to changing interior design trends.

Container plants are not only nice to look at but can be extremely functional and attractive. When designed correctly, they give the owner a useful tool and greatly impact a room’s overall layout and functionality.

Concealing Unwanted Spots with Plantscaping

Similar to how they effectively section off spaces and offer privacy, interior plant design can also cleverly hide unwanted elements in commercial and residential settings. They do this with their color, texture, and natural beauty. Whether it’s industrial piping, trash bins, or less-than-ideal views in an office, plants can be strategically placed to divert attention and improve the overall aesthetic.

 Tall plants such as bamboo palms or ficus Audrey can hide exposed piping and other unsightly architectural features in commercial settings. For an additional touch of greenery, smaller plants such as rubber plants can effectively screen in areas like lobbies or restaurants, where trash bins are necessary but not visually appealing. Kentia palms and ZZ plants create a pleasant visual barrier in front of windows and block unwanted outside views, such as construction or a neighbor’s house.

 Similarly, plants can tastefully conceal areas like utility corners, cluttered shelves, or undesirable areas in residential spaces. For instance, a cluster of pothos hanging from ceiling hooks can elegantly cover up storage spaces or utility areas, while ZZ plants, with their low-light tolerance, can be placed in less attractive corners to add natural beauty and vibrancy.

The choice of plants in a home setting often depends on the room’s layout and the specific item or area that needs to be discreetly covered. We take all of these aspects into consideration when designing your plant layout for your space.

Why Choose Plantique for Plantscaping

There are many things to consider when developing an interior plant design for a space. Not only are we thinking of what looks nice and can thrive in space, but we are also considering how plants can create a better experience for those inhabiting it. Effective plantscaping can provide extremely functional solutions for privacy, dividing spaces, and concealing less desirable areas.

 When considering your next event or room layout, contact Plantique Florida, the top biophilic design specialist in South Florida and the Treasure Coast. Catering to a diverse clientele, including office managers, property managers, interior designers, event planners, operations managers, and high-end residential homeowners, we boast a wide variety of plants perfect for any space.

 Whether you want to add a touch of green to your office or create a peaceful retreat at home, Plantique Florida has the experience and plant variety to meet your needs. Reach out today and take the first step towards bringing the beauty of plantscaping into your space.