How to do Jungle Chic on the Cheap

If you’re a Pinterest freak like me, you’ve probably seen something about how having insane amounts of plants in your home is becoming a ‘thing.’ And it’s got a name: Jungle Chic.

While some people are taking it a little too far, in my opinion, I do love a moderate take on jungle chic. Not only do plants add color and dimension to a living space, but they also clean the air of toxins and pollutants, helping you breathe easy. (This is no joke. I put a single snake plant in the most stuffy room in my house and now it somehow just smells fresher in there.)

However, buying enough plants, pots and plant stands to create the look can be downright expensive. And I don’t know about you, but I’m not about to spend $200 on some stupid plant stand. Sorry, Anthropologie.

There are ways to mimic the look without spending to much cash, though. Below are 4 tips I’ve picked up in my quest to make my living room a jungle-esque paradise.

Buy plants from wholesalers like Lowes or Walmart and buy the pots separately.

It’s almost always cheaper to buy a seedling or plant in the ugly black grow pots and then buy a nice pot for cheap later on. Just make sure you buy a healthy seedling or plant, or you’re wasting your money.

If you have a green thumb, watch for places selling struggling plants for cheap.

Sometimes wholesalers will sell plants that aren’t doing so hot for cheap in efforts to get rd of them while still turning some profit off them. If you think you can nurse the plant back to health, it can be a great way to save money. This is how I got my fern, by rescuing it from a sad display at Walmart.

Find cute plant holders and pots on Amazon and Etsy. 

Both of these sites have hundreds of options to choose from. And though I hated on it earlier, Anthropologie actually has some nice colorful pots for relatively cheap, depending on the size you need.

Don’t feel like you have to buy the Insta plant or accessory of the moment.

Step away from the fiddle leaf fig…Seriously, I know it’s a neat plant, I want it too. But the problem is they are hard to take care of, expensive, and hard to find because of their popularity. Don’t get suckered into the latest craze if you don’t have the money or the time for it. My thing is fancy plant stands. I think they look so cool and I’d love to have one, but am I paying $200 for a stick of wood? Heck no.

Though Instagram is fun for finding new trends you might like, don’t feel pressured to follow them to a T. Adjust for your budget and what you can actually handle, and you’ll be much better off.

And then you’ll have your own version of jungle chic, which is pretty cool.

 

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