Like plant stands, an indoor plant rack can elevate houseplants, providing different ways to display them. It’s also a simple way to complement the decor you already have on your shelf.
There are many different ways to introduce a plant rack into your home and lots of potential effects you can create if you choose the right combinations of plants.
We’ve gathered expert tips to create beautiful and creative indoor plant shelf displays to suit every interior aesthetic.
Benefits of plant shelves
Not only does an indoor plant rack design add an eye-catching green screen, but it can also bring benefits to houseplants placed in this way.
“Raised plants have improved airflow and more light which is essential for healthy growth,” said Artem Kropovinsky, interior designer and founder of Arsight.
If you find that your home lacks a lot of natural light, placing your houseplants on shelves can bring them into better light, helping to keep them happy and healthy.
“Raising plants is the perfect strategy to show off their leaves and prevent damage from being stepped on or attacked by curious pets,” says Carmela De Castro, owner of Orchid Republic Floral Boutique.
Shelves keep plants out of the way and can also maximize your space, so they’re perfect for small apartments.
Artem Kropvinsky, founder of New York City-based Arsight, has more than a decade of global interior design experience in both residential and commercial projects. From transforming brownstones in Brooklyn to reconfiguring retail spaces in Manhattan, Arsight’s portfolio showcases its design prowess on both a national and international scale.
Carmela is the owner of Orchid Republic Floral Boutique, a luxury florist with stores in Sherman Oak and Santa Monica, California. They specialize in custom flower arrangements, orchids and succulents. 3
5 beautiful ideas for an indoor plant rack
Whether you want to decorate an existing shelf with some foliage or introduce a completely new shelf to your plant design, there are many ways to take an indoor plant shelf and create different looks with it. We’ve compiled a list of ideas to get you started.
Plant rack on the windowsill
A windowsill plant rack can be a beautiful way to fill large open spaces in front of bright windows.
Many people are jumping on this trend by placing stacked shelves across windows. Using clear shelves adds a floating look to this type of display, like the Clear Hanging Plant Shelving Unit from Amazon.
Windowsill plant racks are great for plants that require a lot of bright light, such as jade plants and other succulents. “They have diverse textures and growth forms that make them suitable display options for shelves,” says Artem.
Using plants with a strong structure and shape, such as snake plants, also works well on this type of shelving because they become backlit, showing off their silhouette.
Living wall shelf
Living walls have become increasingly popular over recent years, both outdoors and indoors. It’s a bold and obvious way to bring plants into your home, but it can be difficult and time-consuming to achieve.
Alternatively, it is possible to create a living wall look using shelves. “By carefully arranging multiple shelves filled with various plants, you can emulate the splendor of a living wall,” says Artem.
“This approach transforms a plain wall into a vibrant green focal point, adding life and texture to the space,” he adds.
The most effective plants for achieving this look are plants with interesting foliage, such as ferns and hanging plants.
A plant rack with a personal touch
You can easily transform an existing shelf, sideboard, or bookshelf into a plant rack by adding foliage among your other belongings.
“Incorporate décor items like books, small pieces of art, or colorful pottery that create a more attractive and personally attractive display. This combination of nature and creativity enhances their appeal,” says Artem.
Having a collection of books, pictures and plants adds originality and character to your indoor plant rack display.
“Plants are so versatile that they can serve as either fillers or focal points when designing your shelves,” says Carmela.
Simple plant rack
For an indoor plant rack with a touch of elegance, take it back to basics and keep it simple.
“For minimalists who prefer a clean look, choose uniform pots with similar plant types,” says Artem.
Small to medium plants look best in this style, neatly mounted on a shelf at approximately the same height. Although it may also be effective to add a trailing plant between them for variety.
“The trailing plants really make for the design of the shelving,” says Carmela. “They add texture, color and flair, especially those with cascading leaves, such as ferns, pothos, English ivy, or a cascade of hearts.”
Kitchen plant rack
Indoor plant shelves can be used in any room, but using them in your kitchen can be an effective way to add a stylish touch to your indoor herb garden.
You can choose to display your indoor herbs on a windowsill, but using a plant rack can give them a more useful look and locate your herbs more conveniently for cooking.
“Don’t forget to rotate it regularly so the other side, the side that’s hidden from view, doesn’t deteriorate,” says Carmela.
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How to make a rack for indoor plants with your own hands?
Indoor plant shelves are a great way to style your houseplants. There are many available on the market, but it is also easy to create a DIY plant rack by getting creative with the furniture you already have. You can use any surface, such as a bookshelf or even a sideboard, and arrange a selection of houseplants to create a personalized indoor garden space and give the look of a plant rack.
If you’re looking for new ways to display your houseplants, plant racks are a great choice. It’s a beautiful way to integrate your plants into your existing decor and create coordinated, designer displays.
They’re versatile and there are options for most larger plants, but it’s important to research your plant’s care requirements, such as lighting, to see if a shelf is right for it and to avoid making common houseplant mistakes.