Embracing Mid-Century Modern with Indoor Plants

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Mid century modern reading nook in an apartment

Heya, plant enthusiasts and design aficionados! Today, we’re exploring the lush world of mid-century modern design and its best companion: indoor plants. This style, which thrived from the mid-1940s to the late 1960s, is all about clean lines, organic forms, and a seamless flow between the indoors and outdoors. What better way to enhance this aesthetic than with the right green friends?

The Quintessential Mid-Century Modern Plant Picks

Now, let’s talk about the plants that scream mid-century modern. These beauties not only complement the design but also bring a piece of that era right into your living room!

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia): Want a slice of the tropics? The Bird of Paradise, with its large, banana-like leaves, brings the drama in the best possible way. It’s like having a piece of exotic paradise right in your living room.

Strelitzia nicolai in the interior on the background of a white brick wall.
Strelitzia nicolai

Snake Plant (Sansevieria): If you’re looking for something low-maintenance and sculptural, say hello to the Snake Plant. Its upright, sword-like leaves are perfect for those minimalist corners.

Snake Plant / Mother-In-Laws Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata) The Snake Plant cleans air better than
Snake Plant / Mother-In-Laws Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica): For a touch of dark, glossy green, the Rubber Plant is your go-to. It’s resilient, easy to care for, and its robust leaves add a lush vibe.

Modern houseplants Ficus Elastica Burgundy or rubber plant in rattan basket at stylish home decor.
Ficus elastica Burgundy

Monstera Deliciosa: Ah, the Monstera, with its iconic split leaves, is a mid-century modern darling. It’s like having a piece of tropical paradise in your home.

Home plant monstera and grey chair, on background white wall. Minimalistic scandinavian interior
Monstera deliciosa

Potted Palms: Think about adding a Potted Palm for that quintessential mid-century look. They bring a bit of that Hollywood glamour and are perfect for filling up empty spaces with their feathery fronds.

Leafy green potted Kentia palm against a gray wall
Kentia palm

Philodendron: With its heart-shaped leaves and vining nature, Philodendron is like that chill, low-maintenance friend. It’s versatile – you can let it trail or train it to climb, making it a great fit for the MCM aesthetic.

Philodendron Heart Leaf

Cacti and Succulents: For a touch of the desert, cacti and succulents are your go-to. Their geometric forms and varied textures add an interesting visual element, especially when grouped in minimalist or retro planters.

Closeup shot of a beautiful cactus plant indoors

Styling Your Plants in Mid-Century Modern Interiors

Styling is key to making your plants part of your mid-century modern decor. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Use Plant Stands: Elevate your green beauties on wooden plant stands. This not only gives them a stage to shine but also complements the wooden furniture typical of the era.
  2. Play with Heights: Mix and match different plant heights to create a dynamic look. A tall Fiddle Leaf Fig next to a shorter Snake Plant, perhaps?
  3. Ceramic and Wood Pots: Opt for pots in ceramic or wood with simple, clean lines. These materials blend seamlessly with mid-century modern aesthetics.
  4. Group Plants: Create little plant clusters for visual interest. Just ensure each plant gets its required light and space.

Caring for Your Mid-Century Modern Plants

Mid-century modern plants are not just about looks; they need some love and care too. Here’s a quick care guide:

  • Light: Most of these plants thrive in bright, indirect light. A spot near a window with a sheer curtain would be ideal.
  • Watering: Be cautious with watering. It’s better to underwater than overwater. Stick your finger in the soil; if it’s dry an inch below the surface, it’s time to water.
  • Humidity: Some of these plants enjoy a bit of humidity. A light misting now and then wouldn’t hurt.


Incorporating these plants into your mid-century modern home is like adding the final touch to a masterpiece. They don’t just sit there looking pretty; they create an ambiance, a vibe that’s both nostalgic and fresh. So go on, give your home that green mid-century modern makeover. Happy planting! 🌿✨

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