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Why having plants in your home is anything but basic.

Updated: Nov 7, 2020

I know a lot of you are already doing it, but there are still a lot of you shaking your heads thinking "there is no way I can keep a plant alive." But, no matter your space or your skill to care for plants, there is at least one out there that you can keep in every corner of your home. And, here's why you should!

Having greenery in your home not only dresses up and enlivens your space, but also contributes to the overall wellness of you and your home. The connection that happens between you, your space and your plant(s) creates a sense of well-being, sparks creativity and most importantly, improves mental and physical health.


Health benefits

 

For me, the health benefits that come from owning house plants is the number one reason why I have at least one in every room. Plants filter the air, improve your mental health, reduce fatigue and stress, alleviates allergies/asthma and so much more. Caring for plants and keeping them nearby can be therapeutic. They act as reminders of self-care and nature.


If you are looking for the right plant for you and your space, here are some suggestions to get you started (don’t worry, these are pretty easy to keep).*If you have pets or children in your home, please be sure that your plants are non-toxic/pet-friendly or keep them out of paws reach*


  • Living Room - The Chinese Evergreen is a luscious, leafy and vibrant plant. Casual or formal, these look great in living rooms and/or family rooms. They improve air quality, emit oxygen and only require moderate light and watering.


  • Kitchen - Spider Plants absorb a laundry list of toxic air pollutants and harsh cleaning products. These plants look and work great in kitchens, plus they are kid and pet-friendly.


  • Dining Room - Peace Lilies are elegant and look great on or next to credenzas. They are air-purifying, fairly low-maintenance and give off a soft aroma to keep your space smelling fresh for guests.


  • Bedroom - Snake plants emit oxygen at night, place one of these near your bed and you'll sleep easier at night. Bedrooms can have the lowest quality of air, a Cast-iron plant improves air quality and, just like the Snake plant, these are hardy plants that can thrive in low-light conditions.


  • Office - Keep a Pothos plant on a bookshelf, ledge or hanging gracefully from the ceiling. These soft cascading plants tolerate low-light, relieve strained eyes and are believed to be stress-relieving.


  • Bathroom - Peperomia plants comes in a variety species. Their range of color and texture is a great way to add interest and life to a space. They love the high humidity of a bathroom and some species are known to relieve headaches, treat acne and indigestion.



Color & Texture

 

Plants are a great way to add color and texture to your space. Every room needs a pop of green and an organic touch. A soft textured plant can make a room feel cozy and inviting. While a plant with sleek edges and shiny leaves can add a modern touch. Whatever your style, plants will enhance your interior spaces.


(Pictured above: Snake Plant)


Life

 

Sometimes a room feels like it's just missing something. Plants add life and energy to dull spaces. If you have an empty corner, shelf or nightstand, adding a plant will fill the space and create a satisfying vignette.


(Pictured above: Faux Wheat, Silver Nerve Plant, String of Buttons, Money Plant)


Since we're on the subject of "life", plants need proper care. In order to successfully maintain your plants, be sure to know what conditions/elements your plant prefers. Some prefer direct sunlight while others may prefer indirect or shaded. Plants also need food and water, be sure to do so accordingly.


Pots

 

Pots make for great decor pieces. My favorite part about buying a new plant is pairing it with a pot that highlights its features and compliments my space. Mixing and matching pot styles, material, and patterns will create a collected look and add a personal touch. It is also important to ensure that the pot is the right size for your plant and has proper drainage.


(Pictured above: Aloe, String of Buttons, and Echeveria Species)

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