These decorative plants have more to offer than looks alone.
When it comes to sprucing up your home, nothing beats a good visual. Luckily, there is no shortage of design and decor inspiration floating around the internet. If you've scrolled through Instagram lately, chances are you've seen a lot of plant-filled spaces. Thanks to accounts like @urbanjubgleblog, @plantkween, and @iplanteven, it's easy to envision transforming your home into a sanctuary of green and joyfully joining the #plantmom community. But aside from boosting your social feed, there are a lot of benefits they can bring to you and your home. With spring on the horizon, we're not only looking forward to fresh beauty trends, but new beginnings, as well. That said, what better way to refresh your home and embrace the season of blooms and buds than with a new indoor plant?
For Your Home
You probably already know that houseplants can improve air quality. By undergoing the natural process of photosynthesis, plants remove pollutants and toxins, like formaldehyde and toluene, from the air, thus providing an abundance of fresh oxygen. So it only stands to reason that keeping an indoor plant or two would also increase the oxygen levels in your home. Although all plants give off clean air, certain kinds, such as the Chinese evergreen and peace lily, release more oxygen at night, making them the perfect addition to your bedroom. Not only will they purify the air as you sleep, but their full foliage will bring a lush and luxe feel to the space.
A plant here and there is all good, but what about all those green-filled rooms flooding your feed? Sure, they look great, but is it really worth it to pack your place with plants? The answer is yes. Various types of plants with large leaves regulate humidity by adding moisture to the air, but grouping smaller plants together can have the same effect. Increasing the room's humidity can improve skin's hydration and keep irritated dry skin at bay. A 2015 study shows spider plants are one of the best plants to increase humidity, making them a good option for bathrooms. As a bonus, piling them around the tub will lend a spa-like feel to your next relaxing bath.
For Your Mental Health & Wellness
You may think that having multiple plants is a disaster waiting to happen, but maintaining healthy plants doesn't have to be a stressful job. In fact, it's just the opposite. The once mundane task of watering becomes a practice of mindfulness and a moment of peace. Though the process, from potting, to watering, to pruning leaves and broken limbs, requires patience, it is well worth the time spent. In caring for your plants, you can easily improve your concentration, productivity, and overall mood. The truth is plants don't just look good; they really do make people happy. According to a study in the American Society of Horticultural Science, frequent interaction with indoor plants can reduce stress and lower anxiety. Why? Because nurturing houseplants provides a positive way for you to channel frustration and turn it into something vibrant and lively.
Creating Your Own Plant Haven
Space & Lighting
If you're not ready to commit to a full-on urban jungle just yet or you are limited on space, don't worry—you can still enjoy all the decorative and health benefits houseplants can bring. In fact, having just a few plants around your home is enough to produce detoxifying effects. For those of us without a sun-drenched space, there are many varieties that can thrive in low levels of sunlight. Many online retailers like Bloomscape offer curated selections of low-light houseplants to fit any budget.
Choosing the Right Type
For the selection process, knowing different types and species is key. You don't need to be an expert, but background knowledge such as environment and watering needs can help when choosing the best plants for your home. According to Eliza Blank, co-founder of The Sill, snake plants and Zenzi (aka the ZZ plant) can withstand a wide range of home environments. Vining philodendron, aloe, and rubber plants also require little maintenance, making them great for beginners. Trust us, starting with greenery like these, keeping your plants healthy and alive won't be a problem even if you haven't perfected your green thumb.
Refreshing your space with indoor plants can quickly get overwhelming. Fortunately, there are plenty of online retailers that offer an array of houseplants, pots, and materials needed to create your own lush, green-filled space. To get you started, here are a few good-looking (and easy-to-care-for!) plants you can add to your home. We're giving bonus points for those housed in decorative pots that are oh so Instagram friendly.