The 12 Best Plants to Decorate Your Coffee Table
Greenery is perhaps the quickest, easiest and loveliest way to add some personality to any space. Plants are an ideal centrepiece on the surfaces you use regularly, too, including the coffee table. Not just for TV remotes or stacks of unread books (we see you, and we salute you), a pop of flora can liven up the living room and add depth and vibrance to your coffee table.
Want to jump on the plant bandwagon? Here are twelve designer-approved options that will look good, survive and even thrive on your coffee table. Sadly, the same can’t be said for that neglected, day-old cup of tea…
But first, why plants?
First of all, plants are undeniably gorgeous. They convey newness, add colour and texture and overall, give new life to a space. Studies over the past decade or so extol the virtues of a little greenery in the home – in fact, plants have a huge variety of benefits.
Scientifically, they purify the air – remember that CO2 and oxygen chat we had in Grade 6 science? Plants help to absorb the CO2 we breathe out and in turn, ‘exhale’ oxygen, which we need to breathe happily. Plus, plants have been lauded for their ability to boost our moods. They reduce stress, add a sense of calm and encourage productivity, creativity and focus. Who wouldn’t love that, right?
With all that in mind, let’s discover some perfect pot plants to suit any home.
1. ZZ plant
The low maintenance girl of the plant friend group, a ZZ plant requires little to no work, light or water. A must-have for the plant-killers of the world.
2. Snake plant
AKA ‘Mother-in-law’s tongue’ (vicious), the snake plant is characterised by its long, spiky leaves that are often marbled with green and yellow. Although they come in many shapes and sizes, a little lad or lass will be the perfect addition to your coffee table. Create contrast with a rounded piece, such as the Henley Low Set Coffee Table in Scandi Oak.
3. Pothos plant
Not ready to fill your brain with lots of plant information? A pothos needs no instruction, because whatever you do to it, it’s likely to survive. Its beautiful, wide trailing leaves are a lush green and will look gorge wherever you put them. They also come in eye-catching marbled variants.
4. Peace lily
Absolutely drool-worthy in any home with white accents, the peace lily features green leaves and big, elegant white flowers. We love this plant styled on a white coffee table to really amp up that clean look. Rest it on the Enzo Coffee Table for a breezy Hamptons feel.
5. Rubber plant
As the name suggests, this plant is characterised by waxy, almost rubbery leaves. They’re a darker green (perfect for a moody space!) and are wide but easy to keep contained.
Keep your coffee table on point (pun? Who, us?) with a succulent or cactus. These babies require very little maintenance and come in a huge range of varieties, with different looks, feels and even colours! Pop them on something with rustic or metal elements, like the Nina Coffee Table Set.
7. String of pearls
Trailing plants are to die for on a coffee table, and our go-to is always a string of pearls. Its small, bead-like ‘leaves’ will, with proper care, cascade out of their pot and into draping strands for an eye-catching look.
Add some Japanese flair to the coffee table with a bit of bonsai! Although these do require some maintenance, looking after one may just become your new hobby. A bonsai in all of its shapely, unique glory will add some excitement to a modern coffee table like the Huber Coffee Table in white marble.
9. Air plant
Another low maintenance addition to the coffee table is the humble air plant. There’s no soil necessary, meaning you can literally stick it in a jar or terrarium with some light and water, and let it grow – if that’s not simple, we don’t know what is!
10. Bunny tail grass
If you’re big into interior styling, you’ve probably seen bunny tail grass making the rounds on Pinterest – these are tall, lush reeds in varying neutral tones with a bushy top that looks like a rabbit’s tail. Even though they’re not green, they’ll add texture to any room, especially if you’re into a similar colour palette. Prop these up on the edge of a Scandi table, such as the Mia Coffee Table with Shelf, or perch them on a mid-century modern piece for contrast.
11. Chinese money plant
Round, beautiful leaves and a friendly feel characterise the Chinese money plant. This small plant’s graphic nature means it’s the perfect addition to an eclectic home, such as one styled with mid-century modern or Art Deco elements.
12. Spider plant
Finally, the spider plant is another easy-to-nurture plant that will sit pretty on any coffee table. Spiky, light green leaves are commanding and exciting, the perfect addition to a square or rectangular coffee table like the Kipling Glass Top Coffee Table.
Grab your greenery, a couple of pots and some basic gardening supplies and you’ll be off to the races, ready to bring some charm and vibrance to your living room. Plants are a gorgeous element in any home, no matter the style, so be sure to make the most of them where you can, including on the coffee table.
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