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How to freshen up your home décor with hanging plants

Here's what to know before trying the trend

Neutral modern and cozy living room with warm brown accents and a hanging plant over the a gray couch Credit: Getty Images / FollowTheFlow

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Have you noticed that indoor hanging plants have become a must-have addition to your home or living space? If a few glances through your Pinterest and Instagram feeds over the past few months isn’t enough of a clue to the rising trend, the bigger-picture, bring-the-outdoors-in vibe that’s pervaded home design in 2020 should be.

Accordingly, it’s no surprise that people have been gravitating toward gardening, outdoors and in. Plants are having a moment.

Potted plants, terrariums, floral arrangements in vases. When it comes to using flora to freshen up your home décor, there are many different options. In this article, we’re focusing on indoor hanging plants.

Being successful at cultivating hanging plants requires doing some research and planning before putting your shovel to dirt. You’ll need the right plant holders and hangers, details on potting and watering, and the DL on proper installation practices.

Here’s how to get started.

Choose plants wisely—they must be indoor friendly

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For a stylish, organic look, try a vining or trailing plant that will cascade over the sides of the planter as it grows.

First things first: Decide what plants you like the look of and whether or not you think they will liven up your living space. Evaluate your indoor area and make sure it offers enough access to sunlight that your chosen plant needs.

You can also swap these two tasks: Pick the area or room of your house first, evaluate its sunlight levels, and then pick a plant that thrives in that kind of light.

It’s important to select plants that will do well in an indoor environment—these include ivy, snake plants, ferns, and more.

To maximize the indoor hanging plant look, vining plants—Boston ferns, English ivy, spider plants, string of hearts, or string of pearls (all vary in sunlight and watering needs)—will hang decoratively over the edge of the pot and start to trail toward the floor as they grow.

For an understated look, you can try petite indoor plants like air plants or succulents. These also do well in indoor spaces and require little watering.

Go trendy, or practical, when picking out a plant hanger

There are so many options when it comes to plant hangers. You’ll (obviously) want to select a style that coordinates with the rest of your home décor, whether it be trendy or utilitarian.

You’ll want a strong hanging basket that stands the test of time. Choose from chains, fabric, leather, macramé—whatever fits your style. Just make sure it is made to hold the plant you’re planning to hang by double-checking the weight limitations.

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Macramé is among the most popular and chic choices for hanging planters in the living space.


Macramé is a trendy choice that’s also extremely sturdy. This knotted macramé planter makes for a safe and snug place for your plant to live.

While you can definitely buy your pot and hanger separately, you can also move forward in one go with a combined hanger. This sleek and sophisticated style from Amazon makes for little installation hassle, only requiring a swag hook to attach to.

Buy the proper pot

As far as pots go, you should always repot your plant after buying it from the store. Doing so will offer it wiggle room to thrive and keep it from becoming root bound.

If you’re not sure where to start with pot material or make, look to ceramic pots or earthenware pots like terra cotta—they’re great for keeping your plant from retaining excess water since terra cotta is a porous material.

Make sure your pot has holes in it to allow for proper drainage. Although, skilled plant parents may be able to bypass this by using methods like soaking, in which plants will drink up the water they need from the bottom end of the pot when it’s time to water.

For hanging pots with holes, you’ll need a saucer or drip tray directly underneath the pot to keep water from ruining your furniture or floors. This ceramic pot with drainage holes and an attached saucer keeps the plant from retaining too much water.

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You can buy your own macramé rope to DIY a hanger for your potted plant.


Make sure you have a way to attach the hanger to the pot itself, like hooks or drilled in holes on the side. If there aren’t any, there are also ways to DIY your planter with a little knot work.

Your soil choice matters

Remember, you’ll be hanging this plant from your ceiling, a beam, or off a hook that’s attached to your wall. And, while you’ll take steps to ensure it is hung securely (more on this later), you’ll still want to lighten its load.

One way to achieve a less heavy indoor hanging plant is by using a less dense soil that promotes air circulation and proper drainage, both of which are essential for keeping your plant lightweight. A mixture of soil, peat moss, and perlite works; it also keep your plant healthy and prevents root rot.

Installing you indoor hanging plant safely and securely

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If you can't drill into your ceiling to hang a plant, use a beam to your advantage.

Now you’re ready to hang your plants. Don’t think you’re limited just to the ceiling—you’ve got options like a wall, window casing, or a beam in the house.

By far, the most secure installation method is by drilling a hook. Drill a small hole—with the size of your hook in mind—into your ceiling. If you’re installing multiple hanging plants, space out each drilled hole to give your plants ample room to grow.

Then, secure swag hooks into your ceiling—these particular hooks ensure a steady hold into the ceiling, specifically. Double-check that your hooks are made to hold the appropriate amount of weight (or pay the price of a potential fallen plant).

From there, you can hang your plant directly on the hook, or attach another sturdy hook to your swag hook to bring the plant closer to the ground.

Hanging plants from a beam? If it’s steel, you can use strong magnet hooks for a firm hold for your plants.

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Use hooks like this one—either outside your house or inside—to hang a plant from a wall instead of a ceiling

If you can’t drill into your ceiling, or just need to fill up some blank space on your wall, try wall hanging planters instead. Similarly to installing into a ceiling, use a hook or nail that’s sturdy enough to hold up the weight of your pot and plant.

These geometric wall containers from Amazon just as easily to install as your other wall fixtures.


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