Houseplants have made a huge comeback in interior spaces. Adding plants have been linked to all sorts of positive outcomes including improved air quality, higher creativity and energy levels, and enhanced feelings of well-being. Although there are no cut-and-dry rules, and your space’s lighting play a crucial factor, certain houseplants favour different areas of the home.
In the Bedroom
To create a beautify, calming, bedroom oasis you may want to consider a plant that does double duty as an air purifier. Here are some popular options that will help you get a great night’s rest.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Lovely deep green foliage and often displaying elegant white blooms, the compact Peace Lily does well in low to medium light conditions. An effective air-cleaning plant, the Peace Lily is also easy to care for and an excellent beginner’s plant.
Snake Plant, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansieveria)
Its sturdy, upright form and often variegated foliage make the Snake Plant a perfect choice for those who want to add some more greenery to their space without adding more clutter. Studies by NASA found that the Snake Plant purifies the air by absorbing toxins through the leaves and producing oxygen. Lastly, the Snake Plant is very resilient and can tolerate low light conditions.
In the Bathroom
Try adding some of these plants to transform your bathroom into a spa-like retreat.
Varieties such as Bird’s Nest, Staghorn fern or Boston fern are going to like the low-to-medium light conditions and higher humidity levels of a typical bathroom. Though not a true fern, Asparagus Ferns are a pretty adaptable plant. Make sure you stay on top of your watering game, ferns do not like their soil to dry out between waterings. Check in the plant every couple of days to ensure the soil is damp and give it a nice misting.
The spider plants can tolerate a range of conditions so you are hard-pressed to find an easier, less demanding houseplant for your home. The spider plant is that perfect plant for your macrame or Fernie plant hanger allowing the plant to form spiderettes, or little plant clusters, adding a new level to this plant’s charm.
In the Kitchen
The heart of many a home, you probably spend a lot of time in the kitchen. With its relative warmth and humidity, a kitchen is an ideal spot to add more life to your home.
Succulents + Cacti
Instagram and Pinterest are chock full of different ways to style with succulents and cacti and they are a great choice for those of us with small spaces. Place a cluster of small potted succulents and cacti in your windowsill or group them to make for an arresting table or counter centrepiece. A couple of basic care tips - make sure your succulents and cacti get a lot of sunlight (but never direct sunlight, they will actually get sunburnt!) and allow the plant to dry out completely before giving them a good watering.
English Ivy (Hedera helix) or Pothos
We love the look of these trailing beauties whether perched high on a shelf, in an open kitchen pantry, or even strung and trained to grow along the walls! Robust and vigorous, the Pothos plant can handle low light conditions and little maintenance. English Ivy’s wistful little leaves and trailing vines benefit from medium to bright light (though no direct sunlight) and some occasional misting.
In the Living Room
No matter your decor, a well placed plant goes far in making your house a home. Go big here as statement plants rule this room.Monstera Monstera deliciosa
There’s a reason why the hashtag #MonsteraMonday is a thing. The plant’s large iconic split leaf leaves adds tons of flair compatible with many interior styles. Monsteras aren’t too particularly demanding, we find our Monstera is appreciative of occasional misting, and it’s bodacious growth cycle make it a very satisfying plant to care for.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
The Fiddle Leaf Fig’s distinctive foliage and shape make it a perennial favourite among designers. To preserve this dramatic piece of living art, choose a spot in your room with bright, indirect light and free of any drafts.
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