There are a few things that can brighten up an apartment or house, and indoor plants are definitely one of them. If you want to add a bit of colour to your space, house plants will do the trick. Not only do they work wonders to beautify your interior, but they also have many therapeutic benefits. So many plants will blossom indoors so long as they’re well taken care of. You’re truly spoilt for choice in terms of varieties: you can create a jungle of lush greenery with slow-growing types of plants or brighten up your room with colourful ones that bloom year after year. The options are endless!
The benefits of indoor plants
- Plants help clean indoor air – they absorb indoor pollutants, such as formaldehyde and carbon dioxide, and convert them into oxygen.
- They increase the humidity – a little bit of moisture does a lot of good for your skin.
- They help to make your space feel welcoming – plants will fill up empty corners. They also look pretty on shelves and windowsills, which will transform solid spaces into more welcoming ones.
- They improve your mood – the simple act of watering your plants and taking care of them is a form of relaxation.
Which plants are best for apartment living?
These plants are hearty and love a bright space with indirect sunlight. They do require a lot of nutrients and water, so make sure you give them the right amount. They like to grow in well-drained soil and can be started from cuttings. One of the reasons we love Aloe Vera is also because of its medicinal purposes: this plant has been used for thousands of years for its antioxidant and antibacterial properties, known to speed up wound healing!
Spider Plants are one of the most popular indoor plants because they’re easy to grow. They’ll survive in dim light and can happily grow on a windowsill or by a window without any special care. They grow long, flowing stems with greenery and smaller leaves, which will make your room feel like a tropical paradise. These plants are also very good at removing formaldehyde from the air, which is known to cause eye irritation and headaches.
They’re a little more delicate than some of the other types of indoor plants, but they’ll grow beautifully in a sunny spot. Orchids don’t like to be over-watered, so you’ll need to water them sparingly. These plants are more high maintenance than most, but once you see their beautiful flowers bloom, they make it all worth it! Some can be more temperamental than others, so make sure you pick the right type. A great thing about orchids is that you can root orchid stems in water, and they’ll grow like new plants. It’s easy to propagate new ones, so don’t throw away any of your extra stems!
Rosemary plants purify the air and help to relieve stress. They’re also known for their antibacterial properties, which make them great for removing bad odours. Rosemary plants love direct sunlight and will grow relatively well even on a windowsill. They do like moist soil, so you’ll need to water them fairly regularly. And they’re also perfect to add a little flavour to your cooking.
How could we not include the beloved fiddle leaf in this list? Often used in interior design styling, their large spreading leaves create a remarkable visual impact in a room. These plants love to be misted and like low light conditions. Try placing one near a window: it’ll still get the light it needs and you won’t have to worry about watering it too much. Make sure you place this plant in a pot with well-draining soil, otherwise you’ll encounter some root rot issues!
We hope this list will inspire you to add some greenery into your apartment. It’s the little things that make your space feel like home, and indoor plants work wonders to do just that.