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Have you found yourself trying to revamp and re-arrange your home lately in an effort to liven up the space you’ve spent so much time in? Moving things around can really shake things up, especially in moments where you’re feeling sluggish and bogged down. Having a new and interesting space is a great way to garner motivation and boost energy and mood, but oftentimes there’s only so many ways you can re-arrange your living room without a total make-over.
Incorporating indoor plants into your home’s interior design can actually be great for a number of reasons! Both aesthetically and physically, plants can aid in fostering a more comforting environment for you and your family alike! There are tons of plants that can help to relieve stress and they are responsible for purifying the air in their space, helping you and your home feel fresh and free.
It’s not always a great idea to rush into anything, and having some background on indoor plants and plant care is definitely recommended. Luckily, we’ve put together this list of common indoor houseplants that are easy to care for and can brighten up your home!
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These are probably the number one on everyone’s list of easiest and coolest indoor houseplants, and for good reason, too! These little plants hold so much character in their intricately designed leaves and require pretty minimal effort to keep alive. They thrive in direct sunlight, typically at least six hours a day, and only require water when the top 1.5” of soil becomes dry! Aside from those basic needs, frequent rotation is really the only other major thing to keep in mind to keep these babies growing strong! These are a great addition for pretty much any interior design theme so you don’t have to worry about aesthetic clashing, and it’s very easy to grow cuttings from succulents, leaving you with free succulent plants whenever you want!
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Pothos and philodendron plants are very popular indoor plant choices, and for a lot of people (especially beginners), these plants are often mistaken for one another. There are quite a few differences to these little plants, but they both provide an elegant and fresh lift for your home’s atmosphere.
Pothos are incredibly easy to manage, thankfully, and don’t require much to keep beautiful. The heart-shaped leaves can come in a variety of patterns and colors, including shades of green and yellow with striations. These vines can grow very long, even indoors, and can be trained to grow in fun shapes and add a lot of color to the home, but they need to be placed out of the way of animals since pothos is toxic to most pets. Pothos thrive in bright, indirect sunlight with minimal water and well-draining soil. These are particularly great plants for people living in the South since pothos love high humidity!
Similar to pothos, philodendrons are incredibly easy plants to care for! These plants sport heart-shaped leaves with a long point and are a great plant to have indoors. They only require water once every 1-2 weeks and thrive in medium indirect sunlight or even low light! They also love humidity and they are a great way to help filter harsh toxins from the air in your home!
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Dracaena is a great plant for everyone. They are typically bigger than some of the other plants we’ve discussed, but there is a large variety of shape, color, and size of dracaena. The leaves can come in a few different looks, ranging from medium-length, draping leaves, to long, pointy leaves and everything in between. Though each variation of dracaena requires unique care, on average, this species of plant is very low-maintenance and can easily adapt to most home environments! For more information, check out this guide to dracaena care for a number of plant varieties.
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Looking for something with a bit of personality? Aglaonema is a unique, vibrant, and beautiful low-maintenance plant that is perfect to have indoors! These plants come in a variety of colors with plenty of interesting patterns and thrive in low-light, making them a great accent for the dark corners of your home! Aglaonema requires enough water to keep most of the soil moist, but it can adapt to any humidity level when retaining moisture!
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Aspidistra is a plant loved for its foliage and minimal care needs. This plant is often referred to as a “cast-iron plant” since it’s a pretty tough plant. It can thrive in low light and has a high toleration for dust, low temperatures, and more, including forgetful plant-owners!
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Finally, palms are a great plant for beginner plant owners hoping to work on their green thumb. Though it’s not too complicated, palm plant care is a bit more difficult than the other plants we’ve discussed. Unlike the other plants we’ve mentioned, palms do require a lot of water. They are used to more tropical environments, so you’ll want to do your best to recreate that. They need great drainage and do very well in humid environments. Some species of palms adore direct sunlight, but others can thrive even in low light conditions, so there’s a perfect palm for everyone! There’s a little more that goes into palm care, such as pruning and fertilizing, which you can learn more about here, but all in all, palms are a gorgeous and relatively easy indoor plant to incorporate in your home decor!
Adding a few indoor plants can really help to liven up your living space and make things feel fresh and new to keep you happy, healthy, and inspired! Not only do plants help to filter out toxic and harmful particles in the air we breathe, but they also help to produce a calming and interesting environment for every space they occupy. If you ‘re interested in adding some relaxation and greenery to your home, this blog is a great introductory resource for beginner plant owners!
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