Adding plant decor into your home or office not only brings in life, but can oxygenate the air around you, making you more productive!
One thing about being cooped up indoors for work or class is that the air around you can get stale, and sometimes start to smell gross. You become lethargic, and get headaches, and all the air fresheners in the world, no matter how nice they smell, can fix that! Plus, air fresheners just cover up the problem, so that leads to other issues that I won’t get into today. Low-oxygenated air can lead to health issues, as well as cause you to have problems concentrating on anything, which can be bad for school and work. My main focus today is to help you revitalize the air in your home or office in a more natural way: with plants!
There are tons of plants out there that thrive indoors and clean different toxins out of the air, creating a fresh, lively environment for your work and/or studies! Today, I have 8 potential decor plants you can try out in your home or office. You don’t even need a green thumb for all of these because I added in some extra-hardy ones for those of you with purple thumbs like my mother (who kills every plant she touches), and I also added some with beautiful blooms and leaves if you wanted to add color as well. I’ll tell you a little about each plant, what it’s good for, and how to care for it. Alright, let’s talk plants!
Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis)
The Aloe vera plant is a hardy, easy succulent to take care of. It’s pretty low-maintenance, just needs water whenever the soil feels dry to the touch. It needs to be in a pot that drains, like the one in the photo, or it will rot and die. As long as you have it in a plant pot with good drainage, it will survive practically anything. Aloe vera rids the air of toxins like formaldehyde. This decor plant likes lots of sun, so keep it near or in a window. For those of you prone to sunburn, you can make your own aloe gel from your new plant. Inside the leave you’ll find the same stuff you put on your sunburns that you buy at the store, but this is 100% pure. Cool, huh?
Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
The Boston fern is another very hardy plant that’s hard to kill. This plant prefers indirect light and cool, high-humidity areas. Boston ferns also like lots of water, so don’t forget to water this one! Misting the leaves of these indoor plants with water a couple times a week will make this plant grow like crazy. They also do well in pots or in hanging baskets. They can get pretty big, so I would put this one in a hanging basket and let it grow until you like the size, then keep it pruned to that size. These would make very good living room plants. Boston ferns remove formaldehyde from the air, as well as xylene.
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
This adorable little plant is another very hard to kill plant. I told you I would list a bunch of these for all of you purple and black thumbed people! The English ivy is a vine, but it does well in pots. It’ll just creep around where it wants, even up a wall for some awesome plant wall decor, but you can direct it how you want by giving it a stand or a rod to hold onto. English ivy thrives in areas with little sunlight, so it can pretty much grow anywhere. This plant also likes a lot of water, and misting it a couple times a week will make it a happy plant, and keep any spider mites from infesting it. This cool plant rids the air of formaldehyde, detergents, pesticides, and benzene from cigarette smoke. English ivy is said to be a great plant for those with allergies and asthma, too!
Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
The gerbera daisy is a beautiful flowering plant. This one likes bright light, so keep it near a window for best results. It likes a lot of water as well, so if the top inch of the soil starts feeling dry, give it some water. Make sure it drains well though, or it could rot. This plant has a colorful variety of blooms, so it would be a neat way to add a pop of color to a room. Plus, this nifty house plant decor does most of its carbon dioxide conversions at night, so it’ll release lots of oxygen as you sleep! If you can have one in your bedroom, that would be awesome. Gerbera daisies also clean trichloroethylene from the air, so if you bring home a lot of dry cleaning, it’ll help take out the smell and chemicals.
Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
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The golden pothos is another vine, so after a while it’ll start crawling up things. Give it something to latch onto, or put it near a wall and let it climb. This plant, also called devil’s ivy, can stay green even with no sunlight. Pretty cool, right? Those streaks of gold in the leaves are beautiful, and this plant pretty much grows anywhere. High levels of light, low levels, whatever. This plant grows in them all. Golden pothos also cleans formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and benzene from the air, so you can stick these decorative potted plants in or near a garage, or in any entryway or window to keep that car exhaust smell to a minimum.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
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The peace lily is a gorgeous plant that’s pretty hard to kill as well. It just needs shade and weekly watering to keep it healthy and cleaning your air! Plus, it comes in other colors like red! These home decor plants rid the air of benzene and acetone, which comes from electronics, cleaners, and nail posh remover. It has also been known to help remove mold spores from the air, making it great for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Like most flowers, the peace lily produces a lot of pollen, so keep that in mind if you have allergies.
I must caution you on this plant if you own any pets. Lilies are poisonous to cats and dogs, so if you have furry friends, I would not recommend this one!
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, the snake plant is a great plant for those who don’t always remember to regularly water their plants. It requires low lighting, and like I just mentioned, infrequent watering, especially in the winter time. The snake plant removes nitrogen oxides, xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde from the air. It’s also a plant that does very well in very humid areas, so it would be perfectly fine living in a bathroom as well. This is probably the hardiest, toughest to kill plant on my list, so if you have a tendency to kill every plant you touch, this one may actually survive! These plants would make great office plants!
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
The spider plant would be a great plant for you if you have pets because this plant is very safe for our little fur babies if they accidentally try to eat it. It creates this awesome, crazy foliage, and has tiny white flowers when it blooms that turn into little spiderette plants! These are pretty decorative indoor plants, with their crazy awesome leaves, and they remove benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and carbon monoxide from the air around them, making them one of my favorite house plants. The spider plant likes bright, indirect sunlight, and lots of water so it grows big and strong like the one in the picture above. It’s also very hard to kill, and grows easily, even if you forget to water it sometimes.
There you have it! Eight plants you can try in your home to help clean your air, make you sleep better, and be more productive at work! Comment with your favorite plants of the set, and tell me about your own home decor with indoor plants. Don’t forget to share this post with your family and friends! Stay creative, my friends!
**Featured image via Decoist