Benefits to House Plants in your Home
March 4, 2022
2021 was the year of bringing nature into our homes. We saw a lot of
earthy muted paint colors, nature inspired interiors and showstopping
floral moments. We have a feeling that this trend is here to stay and
we couldn’t be happier! But did you know that incorporating house plants
throughout your home also comes with a ton of benefits? Our in-house designers have
compiled a list to help out on your indoor plant journey.
Plants Help Clean Air
With the onset of COVID-19, air quality has become an important factor in our homes.
Whether you have a child with asthma, an elder with respiratory issues or are looking for peace of mind,
we suggest bringing home a plant (or many) to help clean and refresh your home’s air.
According to recent research, plants such as Bamboo Palm, Dracaena, Aloe Vera, and Snake Plants work
as natural filters. These small but powerful plants can be placed in different rooms of your home
to improve air quality and increase humidity, helping respiratory and skin health by offsetting
the drying effects of some rooms.
Helps you Relax
Whether your relaxation method consists of curling up to read your favorite book or binge-watching
the latest Nextflix series, bringing home an indoor plant will only help to alleviate your stress further.
Countless studies have proven that plants have the power to help you relax even during the most
stressful times. Lavender plants, specifically, have been proven to help with anxiety, lower heart
rate, and improve sleep! And let’s be real, who doesn’t want to improve their sleep?
Our Styling Tips
Let’s be honest, a space with plants is a space that is warm and inviting. With the endless sizes and
varieties of plants, the possibilities to style them are endless. Here are our tips on how to style your
indoor plants by space.
The entry is the introduction to your home, so naturally, this is our favorite space to incorporate indoor plants.
Our rule of thumb, ‘less is more.’ In larger foyers, try opting for a tree or larger plant that
is proportionate to your space. If you’re entryway is on the smaller side, group smaller plants together in odd numbers
while varying the size and height of your vessels.
If you are one of the lucky ones and have 20′ ceilings in your living room, we are all jealous of you. You have the ability
to bring in a huge tree! We suggest selecting an empty corner near a bright window to house a single potted
tree to anchor your space. This tip is also useful for normal ceiling heights, but the height of the tree should come
down to at least a foot below your ceiling. (Remember that you’ll need to allow your plant room to grow!) If your
corners are all being utilized, or maybe your not confident enough to care for a tree yet,
try a smaller, sprawling plant on your coffee table.
Similarly, in the dining room, an empty corner is the perfect place to anchor a tall tree. Because
dining rooms don’t usually offer a ton of empty space, try not to incorporate multiple plants in this room
unless you’re sure your space can handle it.
Kitchens are another favorite space of ours to incorporate indoor plants. The bright natural light
that most kitchens have will help your plants grow and thrive. If your kitchen has open shelves, try layering
plants with other kitchen and décor items to give your space an effortless look. A single potted plant
in a beautiful vessel will also add color to your space. If you’d rather take the minimalist
approach, try incorporating smaller potted herbs instead.
Depending on your style, the options for styling plants in the bedroom can be endless. For example,
if your style leans more bohemian, hanging macramé planters with trailing vines are the
way to go. If your looking for a little drama, try our living and dining room tip and anchor a large planted
tree in the corner of your room. If your tight on space, look for a plant that is tall and skinny instead.
Bathrooms are the perfect living space for your plant. They offer the heat, humidity and bright
natural light that your plants crave. The styling methods are endless. Try adding multiple plants
in varying sizes, with consistent vessel shapes and colors on a ledge, or a large single potted plant propped
up in a planter. Trailing vines also thrive in a bathroom environment and can also add to your wall décor!
Where is the best space for your plant?
When choosing where to house our plants, we must first determine its lighting
needs. Figure out what direction your window is facing prior to moving your plant.
South facing windows provide the most warmth and the strongest sunlight
throughout the day. Any plant can live in a room with south facing
windows but the distance from the window will vary from plant to plant. Your next best
options are west or east facing windows. Some plants can happily live in a room
facing these directions. North facing windows will basically be the kiss of death to your plants.
Just kidding… kind of. Look for low light plants to house in east facing
rooms. A quick Google search will give you all the information you need on determining
the lighting requirements and location of your plants.
If you’re still not convinced, (or maybe you’ve come to terms with your brown
thumb,) we suggest opting for dried stems or branches. Eucalyptus, Pampas
Grass, Bunny Tail Grass and Cotton stems are our favorites!