Corral plants you have around the house and outside. It’s best if the pots are similar in tone and material.
Vary plant shades, textures, and heights. Here, purple and green plants (oxalis and Begonia ‘Escargot’) add depth. Round, sculptural leaves contrast with delicate ferns. A tall plant in back and one cascading in front make for a pleasing composition.
To balance the main display, put a plant on the floor (this asparagus fern doesn’t need much light) and one on a table.
A plant on the wall (here, a watermelon dischidia) draws the eye up and looks exotic, but all it needs is an occasional misting.
A glass garden cloche, as on the small table, catches light and makes a big deal out of a modest eyelash begonia.
This is a fun space, so go with a bright, cheery table. If you don’t have one, paint an old one a vivid shade. Hang a colorful framed poster or some other piece of art above the table to complete the look.
Airy, leggy pieces, such as the furniture here, keep a small corner from feeling crowded.
A nice-looking chess- or checkerboard can stay out, decorating the table and summoning players. When games get buried in the closet, they’re forgotten about. Leave one set for play and pile others on a footstool and they’re more likely to be used.
No need to match chairs. This is a great place for showcasing random favorites.
Shop your own walls for framed art, and also dig out things you’ve been meaning to frame. Think about a mix, with some hits of color. When art is varied, as it is here, similar frames make the display cohesive; frames don’t have to match exactly if their styles are alike.
Position the lamp, the chair, and the table first, then hang the art to float above them.
Keep the space between pieces roughly the same. No need to measure; just use your eye. Hang in a loose pattern (don’t line things up) so you can add more whenever you want.
Artwork that’s small in scale draws in people, inviting them to come check out the display.