Creative decorating with houseplants

Plants add color, shape and life to a room and for that alone we love them. But they are also surprisingly versatile and — like artwork, furniture, and other decor — are a powerful tool in your design arsenal. Use them as a major feature of the room, a last minute styling detail, and so much more.

Longing for a little indoor greenery but less than confident when it comes to picking, potting, and caring for house plants? Real Simple brings you seven ideas for gorgeous displays—then shows you how to keep them growing strong.For care tips, see our guide to indoor gardening.