Oh man, do I have a treat for you today!
My friend Taylor is here from Sugar and Succulents to share some awesome tips on how to decorate with these awesome plants and let me tell ya, she’s a pro.
We met on Instagram and I’ve been in LOVE with her photos for a while. I just adore the little pops of green her succulents add to the rooms of her home.
Grab yourself a cup of coffee and sit down for this one.
You’re really going to love it.
I’m Taylor and I blog over at sugarandsucculents.com. My website was named after two of my most favorite things: desserts and plants I can’t kill…so you can guess where I’m going with this post: I adore succulents.
They are such amazing little beauties. Hardy and compact, succulents can add so much life to any space. The best part is that these little plants work well with many different types of decor. Decorating with succulents is a fast-rising trend, especially as we move into spring and summer. Looking to add some succulents to your home? Consider these ideas:
Add a a few to the top of a pile of books; or better yet, plant them directly into an old book! Colorful succulents will definitely liven up any bookshelf or vintage vignette. I love the look of this little book planter, and the tutorial can be found here.
If you don’t have a lot of furniture or open storage space for staging, consider incorporating succulents into your wall decor. You can purchase a wall planter like the one seen above or a breathtaking succulent wreath like this one:
or better yet- have fun making a one-of-a-kind piece as a DIY project! Hanging succulents on the wall will not only help bring nature indoors and purify the air in your home, but they will definitely have your guests talking about your unique decor ideas!
I absolutely love customizing my tablescapes not only seasonally, but also for family gatherings and dinner parties. Florals and greenery easily add stunning texture and color elements to your dinner table.
Mini succulents will add a light whimsical feel; perfect for Mother’s Day Brunch!
Use larger succulents for a more dramatic presentation. They would be ideal for a Friday dinner party with friends. Bonus: place them in little planters as an impressive and original take-home favor!
Succulents can thrive in small areas; making them convenient for apartment dwellers or cramped spaces. Simply find a planter you love or repurpose something else! I love mason jars and vintage jars- I have them all over my home. Perhaps you have a favorite heirloom teacup or jewelry box that you should pull out of hiding. These plants can grow well in sand, stones, or moss for an appealing presentation.
In the kitchen, add succulents to a tiered tray, window ledge, or hanging basket. I’d highly suggest using Aloe vera. Not only is it gorgeous for aesthetic purposes, but it has amazing healing properties. Many people are familiar with using aloe gel on sunburns, but did you know you can use the gel straight from the plant for all sorts of burns, bites, stings, and irritants? I keep aloe in the kitchen for cooking burns; and the beautiful green pop of color.
Real succulents are a bit harder to keep in the bathroom, as they prefer dry climates and sunlight; but it might benefit you to have a little one for decor or an aloe plant for first-aid uses. For more information on succulent care, check out my blog post .
Seasonally decorating with succulents is a fun way to bring nature inside. With Summer just around the corner, you might be interested in incorporating more of a nautical feel to your living room. Add some elements like coral, sand, cotton rope, or driftwood planters to complete the look.
You could even plant succulents directly into shells for a beachy vibe. For a nautical or beach theme, I suggest the “Jelly Bean” succulents from the Sedum genus.
Of course warmer weather also means spending more time outdoors, maybe with your very own succulent garden! Succulents would be amazing on a patio space without a lot of existing greenery. Remember that succulents don’t like to keep their feet wet, and love to spread little babies. For that reason, your first few years of outdoor succulents might look a little sparse. This project isn’t for someone who’s looking for a quick fix! Time and patience will lead to a lovely little garden, but it wont happen overnight. Make sure you do your research to choose succulents that are well suited for your climate. In my area, Hens and Chicks do really well propagating in outdoor spaces.
If you love the look of succulents but don’t have a green-thumb or your space doesn’t get a lot of natural light; consider using faux plants. They look very realistic, require no maintenance, and unlike real succulents, they can exist in low light and humid conditions. I keep faux succulents on display year round in my windowless bathrooms, making the rooms feel airy and light. You can purchase some large lovelies at my shop.
Thanks for reading today! I hope my suggestions encourage you to think creatively and incorporate succulents into your home. I’d love to see what you come up with- tag me #sugarandsucculents for a chance to have your decor projects showcased on my website.