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The Interior Trend with More Staying Power Than Cher

updated May 3, 2019
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Let’s just take a moment to appreciate hanging planters. They’ve been popular for who knows how long, and show no signs of going away any time soon for good reason: They add a certain something to your space, no matter what the decor style, and are practical for a number of reasons.

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To start, they help you make the most of limited sunlight. I have exactly one sunny window in my otherwise dim apartment, so all of my plants need to share. Hanging baskets allow me to own more houseplants than I’d otherwise be able to. They also make it possible to add plants to patches of the room where it might otherwise be difficult to find a spot for a planter, like under a skylight or in front of a sliding glass door.

I’m convinced that a stylish hanging planter will look great almost anywhere you decide to put it, but for some fresh ideas for how to use them we turned to Instagram. Here are six times hanging baskets took home decor to the next level.

Classic macramé never gets old

Macramé had its heyday in the 1970s, but it’s never really gone away, and now it seems popular than ever. This two-tiered macramé planter is big and stately, and it makes a grand home for those trailing succulents. The neutral rope and intricate knots would look good anywhere.

Indoor jungle from floor to ceiling

If your goal in life is to live in a #houseplantjungle, hanging planters will help you make your dream a reality. They make it possible to cram even more plants into a room with limited sunlight and generally help make your place feel like a Bohemian paradise.

Plants hung by the chimney with care

Hanging baskets don’t have to be suspended from the ceiling: These baby pothos quadruplets are a lovely adornment to this mantel. We could imagine doing something similar with floating shelves or even an upstairs banister.

Air plants in the air

The biggest challenge of hanging baskets is making sure your ceiling and hanging fixture can support the weight of all that heavy soil and water. With tillandsias, you don’t need to worry about any of that. They make for beautiful living wall hangings, like the one seen above, or you can suspend them from the ceiling with a minimalist geometric hanger.

A touch of green where it’s needed most

This tiny kitchen has few options for setting potted plants around—that counter space is valuable and the windowsills are cramped—but a hanging spider plant by the sunny side window is just the thing to brighten up the space. This is a great idea for apartments where the only window in the room is also a sliding glass door to the balcony.

High ceilings feel homier with plants

If you live in a converted industrial space or an old Victorian house, those high ceilings can sometimes feel a bit stark. Use low hanging planters to fill in some of that empty space to create a cozy feel.