If you want functional decorations, look no further than the houseplant.
Some well-placed greenery can not only brighten a space but also purify the air — and they’re also helpful in creating a more relaxing, restful ambience in any room. We know that spending time in nature is linked to reduced stress levels and tension relief.
What’s more, in a 2008 study, Dutch researchers found that hospital patients with indoor plants in their rooms reported lower stress levels than patients without them.
That’s why we’ve rounded up 10 beautiful houseplants that are easy to take care of and effective at increasing oxygen and clearing out toxins for cleaner breathing air. Try adding one to your bedroom or office space for a little dose of zen.
You have probably heard of the aloe vera from product labels. Smaller aloe plants will thrive in sunny indoor spaces. Place them in small pots or place them on tabletops and side tables as a décor accent. They need very little care so it’s perfect if you’re a time-starved individual that can’t commit to a plant that is higher maintenance!
Care tip: Aloe plants work best in temperatures around 21 degrees with loads of sunlight. As it is a succulent, use dry soil and water it only once a week. Avoid frequent watering, as this will cause the aloe to drown.
2. Spider Plant
Because of the unusual arrangement of its leaves, this plant will add a visual uniqueness to your space. This plant looks good in pots but can also work as a hanging ornament.
Care tip: Spider plants thrive in moist soil that is evenly watered. Place them in bright or medium sunlight at 18-23 degrees.
3. Snake Plant
Also known as Saint George’s sword, this plant is ideal for any place in your room! It can look good in corners or dividers for various spaces. Its leaves grow upright and have yellow or white edges – it sometimes blooms white flowers too!
To make this plant truly stand out, place it in stylish pots or vases for that modern and contemporary look.
Care tip: Snake plants grow well in various lighting conditions. But bear in mind that the air and soil should be relatively dry.
4. Rubber Tree
If you want a classic or old school vibe, a rubber tree might work well with you. Its overall appearance looks very conventional and will look good on top of high stools or shelves.
Not to mention, its dark green leaves have a dramatic shine whenever light hits it. To maintain its medium size, constantly just trim or shape it.
Care tip: In between watering, allow the surface of the soil to dry out. Snake plants do well in medium to bright light conditions and in temperatures between 15-26 degrees.
5. Boston Fern
Ferns, in general, are extremely lush and look sophisticated when placed on high stools, pedestals or when hung! Display it as a vertical decor piece and watch the fern add a tropical vibe to your room.
Care tip: Water it once a week and place in bright but indirect light. Mist it weekly to replicate the humidity that it usually thrives in.
Probably the go-to indoor plants for some, cacti are timeless plants that have the flair and modern appeal. A cactus’ unique shape and texture gives your room a more interesting design. It even looks cooler when paired with colourful and funky containers or flowerpots.
Care tip: It really depends on the kind of cactus you have bought. Some thrive outdoors while others do better indoors – check with the nursery or read the labels before buying!
Indoor cactuses generally don’t need a lot of sunlight – though it’ll be good if you want them to flower! Keep the soil dry and water them every 2 weeks.
7. Parlour Palm
This specific plant can grow up to 8 feet and is usually 1 to 3 feet wide. Place it in a large plant pot and position it in any corner of your room. Parlour Palms will give your room a warm and tropical feel.
Care tip: Place the palm in direct sunlight. Keep the soil relatively dry and water only on alternate weeks.
Pothos is one of the easiest plants to take care of. Its thick leaves retain water, requiring less of your time to water it every day. The yellow and white leaves will certainly brighten and refresh the look of your room.
Apart from its aesthetic quality, Pothos also has air purifying qualities. It absorbs toxins like formaldehyde from materials at home – like the carpet!
Care tip: Pothos works in a range of lighting conditions. Place it in a regular room temperature and allow the soil to dry in between watering.
Now who says you need a green thumb to have a beautiful indoor plant collection? With these low maintenance plants, you can enjoy care taking for plants without having to worry about how often you need to water or trim them!