As you’re sitting back and sipping coffee (or tea!) after a long day of organizing your home, you realize there is something missing. An entire space lies in front of you with many possibilities of things to decorate it with—another bookshelf, abstract paintings to hang on the wall, a coffee table, or even a round cushion chair for lazy Sundays—your options are limitless. But one important question to ask yourself when adding more decorations to your home is: Does this make me feel better? Oftentimes, people overlook the fact that what they see inside their homes have a huge impact on their overall well-being.
According to studies, plants are a great place to start when you want your home to radiate a positive mood. Not only do they improve the aesthetics of your home, they also boost your productivity, creativity, and most importantly, your mood throughout the day. Indoor plants help reduce stress and fatigue by increasing humidity and producing oxygen. Tending to plants is also therapeutic (don’t worry about not being a green thumb—learning takes time and some plants actually thrive best with minimal care).
To get you started, here are some of our favorite indoor plants to adorn your home with:
- Snake Plant
When the COVID-19 pandemic started, photos of apartments that have turned into mini urban jungles spread all over the internet, inspiring others to do the same. One of the most famous indoor plants that can be easily spotted in these photos is the snake plant. There is no wonder why this has been a crowd favorite: it survives both in soil and water, tolerates drought, and its reptilian-skin-looking leaves look good in almost every corner of your home.
- ZZ Plant
Some spaces receive less sunlight than others, but that does not mean they do not get to have the ornamental benefits of plants! A ZZ plant is a fantastic choice when decorating low-light spaces in your home. Not only are they believed to be symbols of prosperity and friendship, but they are also low maintenance and drought-tolerant, giving you less worries when caring for these plants.
One of the most-overlooked houseplants (as compared to orchids) is the Pothos plant. Easy to keep alive in both bright and low-light conditions, this plant actually requires little care from humans. If you only water them as soon as they start to look wilty, you are guaranteed to have a plant friend for years. These vining plants thrive not only in soil, but also in water alone. Just make sure to change the water whenever it looks brackish.
Easily confused with the Pothos plant, Philodendrons have thinner, more heart-like leaves with a smooth texture. Their name comes from the Greek words philo (meaning “love”), and dendron (meaning “tree”). These plants are known to clean the air—a more sustainable option than purchasing a couple of air purifiers. As low maintenance plants, they thrive with sparse watering and can tolerate dark corners.
- Aloe Vera
Known for its natural health benefits (a self-regenerating first-aid kit, one must say), these charming succulents also add magic to every home. Place them in corners with bright, indirect light, and your aloe will surely appreciate you with its attractive foliage.
- Chinese Water Bamboo
Placing cut flowers in water does not guarantee its ornamental purpose for a long time. But fret not—the Chinese Water Bamboo actually thrives without the need for soil. Simply put them in water inside your favorite vase like cut flowers should be. You may also pick your favorite rocks or shells to go with your décor. Avoid treated tap water if possible, or you may choose to pot it in a well-draining soil mix.
- Peace Lily
One of the easier flowering plants to keep healthy is the Peace Lily. Although mostly forgiving, these plants thrive best in indirect sunlight with some shade. Make sure your soil drains well as these plants require less water for best results. You do not even have to plant them in fancy pots—simple pots are a better choice to accentuate their flowers.
- Spider Plant
Requiring minimal care with great adaptability, Spider Plants are fast-growers that produce “little spiders” or spiderettes that you can easily propagate and grow in well-lit spots or give to friends as gifts. Other than brown tips, these plants suffer from few problems which make them great starters for new plant parents. Take note that spider plants like to dry out a little between watering, so make sure to water them well without making them soggy.
- Air Plant
Don’t like getting your hands dirty with soil bits? Do away with potting soil with air plants (Tillandsia spp.). Naturally designed to grow on other plants or plant parts, these plants need little care. Soak them in water for only two to three hours a week, place them in sunny corners, and you’ll keep them alive for a long, long time. Air plants can be placed in DIY terrariums if you’re feeling crafty or hung from thick wires all on their own.
Also known as dumbcanes (the name was derived from the fact that chewing the plant can cause your tongue to swell), these stunning perennials grow fast, reaching a height up to 2 feet, provided they are grown in the right conditions. Dieffenbachias planted in well-draining soil grow best with bright, indirect light. Avoid overwatering and as a reward, you’ll enjoy their lush and flamboyant leaves that will give your space fun, tropical vibes.
The list can go on but for now, we’ll begin with these starters. Adding indoor plants to empty corners in your house can give more life to a rather dull space. Sure, you’ll spend a few dollars for some gardening equipment, but having indoor plants in the long run outweighs the cost. You’ll be surprised of the many benefits you’ll reap—a livelier home, a brighter environment, and a healthier, happier version of you.