The design conundrum of "how to make the most of a small space" gets a lot of attention these days. But sometimes creating a cozy environment in a lofty room can be equally challenging. One easy fix for looming spaces is to fill them with an indoor tree.
Wondering which large-scale plants work well indoors? Not to worry. This recent house plant convert and new owner of a copious abode has been doing some research.
Above: Adding a sense of drama and perhaps a bit of wit ("Did you really just come inside?"), a laceleaf maple makes a statement in this soaring entryway. A 3-gallon pot acer dissectum (Laceleaf), as well as other maples, can be purchased from Sooner Plant Farm; $89. For more information visit Japanese Maples Online. Photo by Michael Graydon.
But would you really wrap a root ball in burlap? See Design Sleuth: There's a Maple Tree in the House.
N.B. A word of caution: though we love this look, we have a feeling this specimen is on its way outdoors, as most experts recommend against planting maples indoors.
Above: Five trees provide a striking vertical element, as well as a bit of greenery, in the kitchen of São Paulo architect Guilherme Torres. Upstairs, the tops of the trees create a lush view out of the bedroom window.
Above: I love the idea of adding a bit of Mediterranean romance in my home with a silvery potted olive tree. Willis Orchard carries a large variety of olive trees in myriad sizes. A 5 to 6 foot Lucca olive tree is $185. Photo via image from AnoukB & Marjon Hoogervorst.
Above: Framing a lofty bed, a lemon tree provides an intimate canopy. Meyer Lemon trees grow indoors, but remember that these citruses need from eight to 12 hours of sunlight per day. Organic, 3-year-old lemon trees are available at Four Winds Growers for $49. Photo by Mikael Dubois. Styling by Lotta Agaton.
Above: Take advantage of the tropical climate in your lofty bath to grow bananas. Aarons Farm offer a variety of types and sizes, including large ornamentals (no fruit) similar to the one above; $109. Image via Skona Hem.
Have a slightly less lofty home? Don't worry, I already selected some favorite Mini House Plants for you.