Transform Your Home for Autumn. Creative Ways to Decorate with Houseplants

At this time of year I feel inundated with images of pretty pumpkin lined porches and purple and orange plants filling outdoor window boxes, but why not bring that cosy and warm vibe indoors?

Forget the pumpkins and blankets. You can create an autumnal look inside with indoor plants!

I've got a few simple and creative ways for you to make your home feel more autumnal with houseplants and houseplant décor.

Add some warm tones with indoor plants

Reds, oranges, burgundies and purples are all in during autumn. You'll see garden centres full of orangey-toned grasses, deep purple Heucheras, velvety yellow Pansies and firecracker Chrysanthemums.

But did you know that there are lots houseplants with this same colour palette that you can buy to replicate this same autumnal styling indoors?

Here are a few of my favourites:



The Kalanchoe Orange, with its brilliant orange blooms, is an excellent choice for a fall display, bringing a warm and festive touch to any indoor arrangement or autumnal centre piece.

It's a great bloomer too.

Orange kalanachoe autumnal colours houseplant

Calathea Crocata 

This is such a lovely, vibrant houseplant with striking orange flowers that add a burst of colour and brighten your home.

I love the contrasting dark  leaves on this one too.

Calathea Crocata houseplant in bloom with orange flowers and green leaves. Autumn


Red Aglaonema (Aglaonema spp.)

Also known as the Chinese Evergreen, this houseplant has stunning red or pinkish-red variegated leaves. You can get lots of different varieties with names like Aglaonema Red Vein, Pink Splash, Cutlass, Indo Princess and Silver Bay. 

They are all from Southeast Asia and don't mind low light and the occasionally forgotten watering.

Red Aglaonema

Red Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura):

This plant features striking red veins on its lush green leaves, creating a captivating visual effect that's perfect for autumn styling.

Prayer Plant 


Croton (Codiaeum variegatum):

Crotons come in various shades, including those with deep red, orange, and yellow foliage.Codiaeum variegatum, called good Philippine eyesight or croton, is a species of plant in the genus Codiaeum. It is an evergreen shrub that grows up to 3 meters tall and has large yellow and red leaves


Red Anthurium (Anthurium andraeanum):

The Red Anthurium is known for its bright red, heart-shaped flowers. This would be a good plant to feature and also help you transition into winter.

I also think it makes an excellent houseplant gift for Christmas too.

Red anthurium. Autumn houseplant idea.



You can get some lovely red and pink varieties of these big heart shaped leaves.

These are absolute stunning houseplants to add to your collection. 




Go for a Tradescantia for something that will catch the light and has lots of  interesting texture to admire while you're inside drinking that pumpkin latte!

It has beautiful silvery and purple leaves with a shimmery effect. Perfect for catching the twinkling lights.

Tradescantia leaves which are purple and green.


Vriesea Intenso (Flaming Sword)

This unique plant features long, slender leaves with vibrant shades of deep green and hints of red, resembling a flaming blade.

Roisin from The Green East holding a Vriesea flaming sword houseplant.

Autumnal accessories for your indoor plant collection

Once you have the plants, start accessorising. You could add some miniature pumpkins or ceramic mushrooms to your plant pots. Additionally, incorporate battery-operated fairy lights or candles among the leaves for a whimsical and flickering glow.

Or what about adding seed pods, conkers, and pinecones to long troughs which you can fill with mini succulents or ivy to create an autumnal centrepiece?

These small accents create a cozy and inviting atmosphere, perfect for the autumn season. 

Add texture

At this time of year, I want velvety cushions and woolly blankets. Why not try the same with plants?

Go for velvety leaves (like Tradescantia Zebrina) or those with interesting patterns (like Maranta leuconeura).

Give pots an autumnal makeover

If your houseplants are in plastic pots, (hopefully they are to allow drainage), then you could invest in autumnal-colored ceramic pots or terracotta options. You could even spruce up some terracotta pots by spraying them with gold or orange paint.

Create an orange glass display

Use orange vases to store cuttings from Monstera Adansonii or Devil's Ivy. You could line little orange coloured vases along your mantlepiece.

Check out these autumn glass bud vases from Anthropologie.

Hang pumpkins from branches

Make some little fabric or wool pumpkins and dangle them from strong branches of indoor plants.

Then just swapping your everyday planters with these seasonal alternatives to instantly your indoor garden an autumn-inspired makeover. 

Try incorporating houseplants with red and orange colouring into your autumn decor, or accessorise your existing collection to create a captivating and visually appealing indoor garden.

We'd love to see your autumnal plant setups! Share your cosy indoor gardens by tagging us @the_greeneast on social media.


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