Sustainable interior design always consists of indoor plants. It’s time for you to bring nature into your home. You can buy indoor plants at many stores or if that’s not possible, you can order them online.
Indoor plants are also a big part of biophilic interior design and can help us reconnect to nature. Here is my list of the best and prettiest indoor plants for you. Which ones will you choose?
The Best Indoor Plants
01. Aloe Vera
You must have heard of this one as everyone seems to have an Aloe Vera plant lately. Fortunately for you, it is relatively easy to look after.
It may come as a surprise but Aloe Vera is technically a succulent plant (more on those later). This is the reason they don’t need that much water and need little attention from you. All it needs is plenty of sunlight.
I love this one because not only does it make your home look nicer, but it has many practical uses. You can use the natural gel inside to treat sunburns and make a variety of different beauty products.
Anthuriums are actually related to Peace Lilies (I talk about these a bit later on). If you choose this one, you’ll be sure to impress your guests.
This bright colored red ‘flower’ is a great one to have. It requires slightly more care. However, when you learn how to look after it, it’s easy.
A thing to remember with these is not to keep them in direct sunlight as doing this, can damage the leaves.
03. Spider plants
This wonderful plant grows great, long leaves which is why it’s best to either place them in a hanging pot or on the edge of a shelf.
If you don’t get much lighting in your room, don’t worry because this one is great at growing in a low-lighted environment. Always try to keep it in an area with plenty of indirect sunlight.
04. Peace lilles
These are some of my favorites and surely of the best indoor plants to have. The Peace Lily is a popular indoor plant and many choose it for their homes.
While they can easily be mistaken for flowers, those white things you see are actually specialized leaves.
Place them somewhere with medium lighting. If they don’t get enough light, the ‘flowers’ won’t fully bloom.
05. Weeping Fig
Its more common name which you may have heard is ‘Ficus’. The Weeping Fig is yet another popular choice and I must say one of the best indoor plants.
This is a great choice for an indoor plant as it’s great at improving air quality and they look great.
However, I would say this is for those with a bit more space in their homes.
06. Chinese evergreen
As the name suggests, this vibrant plant originates from the forests of South-Asia.
While it is quite an easy indoor plant to look after, you need to make sure you have the right conditions for optimal growth.
It can grow with low-lighting and can even survive with little water. However, you should always keep the soil moist for it to grow well (but don’t overwater it as this creates other problems).
Due to the fact that it originates from tropical rainforests, it requires high moisture levels in the air. If the air in your home is quite dry, you will need to spray the plant regularly to keep it moist.
07. English Ivy
Unlike most of the plants I mention here, it can grow quite long so once in a while you might need to cut it so it doesn’t get out of hand.
One thing to point out is that English Ivy requires quite a lot of light.
Also, they prefer moist soils so don’t leave it unwatered for a long time but don’t water it too much either.
These could be perhaps the easiest plant to maintain. You can put it anywhere you like, in your bedroom, office or living room.
They don’t need much water as they are very well adapted to store water since they originate from places like Africa where the climate is dry. Just keep them in a room that gets plenty of sunlight.
Therefore these are perfect for beginners. I also just love how they look. They come in so many different shapes, sizes, and colors to match people’s different tastes.
09. Devil’s Ivy
Another great indoor plant is Devil’s Ivy and another one that doesn’t require too much effort to keep alive. If you are someone with little time on your hands, getting Devil’s Ivy would be a good choice.
It needs a moderate amount of indirect sunlight. While it’s hard to kill and can tolerate low-lighted environments and little amounts of water, it doesn’t mean you should deprive them of these.
To keep it as healthy as possible, water it from time to time (however, it doesn’t like too much water) and keep it in a room that gets some sunlight.
10. Snake Plant
This would be a nice addition to your home. It looks amazing and brightens up any room you put it in.
Snake plants come in different sizes and grow upwards instead of sideways so don’t worry if you don’t have much space in your home. These won’t take too much of it.
If you are quite new to indoor plants and are not quite sure what you are doing, this one is perfect for you.
Simply put it in a corner and it won’t bother you. As long as it gets sunlight and you water it every so often, it will continue to grow and stay healthy.
Why is it important to have indoor plants?
Having plants massively improves your health. Physically as well as mentally. Plants filter out harmful chemicals from the air creating a safer and healthier environment for you to live in. In addition, indoor plants are shown to reduce stress and make you more productive.
If that doesn’t convince you, then just get them to make your house look more beautiful. It doesn’t matter which plant you choose. Indoor plants can be placed in your home no matter what interior design style you currently have. One thing is for certain, putting some plants in your house will not do any harm.
And above all, they make you appreciate nature even more. By bringing nature into our homes, we bridge that gap we have between the modern world and the natural world.
This is just my list of the best indoor plants but of course there are many others.
As you can see, having plants has many great benefits. I would highly recommend getting some plants for your house, room, or even your office. It could even help you connect with nature since it will literally be in your living space.
You won’t regret it. Your house will look fresher and will turn a few eyes when people enter your home. Adding more vegetation within buildings is important if we want to make interior design more sustainable.
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