How To Choose The Right Pot For Your Plant

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How To Choose The Right Pot For Your Plant

Choosing the right pots for your plants can be easy once you know about the basic rules, including material and size. However, it is tricky to choose pots that complement the plants that you decide to use in your home. Pots and plants should be matched according to visual characteristics. At the same time, the pot and plant combination should match up to the decor in your home. You might have a stunning plant, but when the pot fails to accentuate its overall beauty (even when it matches the drainage and size requirements), it may go unnoticed!

This article covers what you need to look for before you choose pots for plants you plan to use in your home. How to choose the right pot for your plant.


If the plant is medium to small-sized and the pot that it is in is under 10 inches in diameter, look for pots that are 1 to 2 inches larger in diameter. If the plant is already large in a pot that is over 10 inches in diameter, look for pots that are 2 to 4 inches larger in diameter compared to the current one. 


In most cases, plants do well in ceramic and terracotta pots since they are dry and porous and more evenly when compared to wood or plastic pots. However, some plant types require very specific pot types. For example, an orchid shouldn’t go into a regular pot since they don’t need a lot of soil and they also have highly specific roots. For this reason, there are pots designed specifically for orchids. 

Pot and Plant Proportions

Proportionate pots are products that are not too small or too big, too tall or too large in comparison to your plant. However, you can still experiment with proportion using exaggeration to emphasize the shape of the plant. 

Matching The Plant And Pot To Your Home Decor

It is pointless to spend all your time choosing a pot to match your plant if they are not going to match the space you plan to use it in. The pot and plant combination is going to turn into a “living” decor item in your home, similar to furniture or art. For this reason, you want to ensure it complements the overall style of your home. Here are a few interesting considerations to keep in mind. 

Compatible Styles

The pot and plant composition should be compatible when compared to the remainder of your space. 

There are easy ways to go about achieving compatibility. For example, look for common colours such as washed-out or white pots for the white walls in your home or wooden pots to complement wood frames and furniture. Commercial bathroom experts, Gentec, incorporate indoor plants into their bathroom styling by matching pots to features of the hardware such as taps and sinks. You can even choose a certain plant type according to the geographic location, such as cacti in a terracotta pot (if you live in the desert). Provided the plants and pots are flowing with your home, then you have achieved a healthy balance. 


It is also important that your pot to plant is proportional. Larger spaces do better with large plants or a large composition of medium and small plants grouped together. If you group plants make sure there is a “common denominator” such as the plant type, colour, or material. Pressure cleaning specialist, Matt Parker, said he has noticed “people leave the big heavy pots outdoors to house the large palms while saving the smaller pots for desks and bookcases indoors.”


Most often, you should try to prioritise objects which have sentimental value or serve a purpose or function. “As a busy individual who has to catch up on work at home, displaying indoor plants gives my workspace a fresh and relaxed feel, so I would say their purpose is to inspire me and keep me focussed,” says women’s health consultant, Jacqui Watts.

How To Display All These Items In A Tasteful Way

In some cases, composting plants and decor objects can be achieved by assembling the items that look great together. This is possible when they have elements in common or when their textures, materials, and colours go well together and match their surrounding space or environment. 

After reading over all the considerations on how to choose a pot for a plant in your home, I am hoping you have understood the primary message that I have tried to explain in this article. This is to think of a potted plant as a “living” decor item within your home. With an increased request for indoor plants incorporated into home styling, Interior Designer, Gary Hamer recommends you ask yourself if, “the pot compliments the natural beauty of the plant and does the pot and plant emphasise the room?”

Sarah Miller

Sarah writes about her personal journey, learning, life optimisation and her passions. For more thoughts and ideas, you can connect with Sarah on Twitter

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