There is nothing like a green plant to make your home feel more put together.
Not only are they lovely to look at, simple green plants add much-needed oxygen to your home, freshening up the air as they reduce dust, and increase the humidity.
There are even studies that show how house plants can increase concentration and decrease stress. For that reason alone, I want to find a space for a new plant in every room of my home!
Even if you’re a non-believer of the ability of a plant to boost your health and productivity, you can’t deny their beauty. And with this list of effortless ways to add some greenery to your home, there’s no reason not to start adding some plants to your home decor.
This might sound like a no-brainer.
But for a while, I was afraid of adding potted plants, especially large, floor plants. I thought our home had too many spots where the plants wouldn’t get enough sunlight. I thought I would kill them right away and I hated spending the money.
But after some easy research (admittedly by my husband in order to talk me into buying these big floor plants), we began to pick up a few.
And you know what? They weren’t so scary after all!
Our potted plants fill up empty corners our small foyer. They add life, color, and texture to the long buffet in our dining room. They fill up the weird empty gap between the sofa and loveseat in the living room. Since we purchased our plants by the level of light they would need, they are much easier to maintain than I thought. Other than a little water and pruning, they are hardly any work at all.
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Succulents have definitely been having a moment for the last couple years or so, and they are still going strong. The reason? They are practically worry-free. Just give them a bit of sun and some water every week, and they’re good to go.
Plus, as opposed to other types of houseplants, succulents release oxygen at night instead of during the day. This trait makes them the ideal addition to your bedroom decor.
The ultimate in form meets function!
You can pick up many different types of herbs at your local nursery or big home improvement store. For just a few dollars, you can start your own indoor herb garden. Some herbs are more delicate than others, so if you’re not sure about the greenness of your thumb, try a heartier plant like rosemary or thyme. Right now, I’m growing some new basil plants for clippings from our summer garden. They’ll keep our windowsill green all winter long!
Tillandsia, or air plants as they are known, require even less attention than succulents if you can believe it! They don’t need to be planted in soil, and they just like a little mist of water. Air plants have a pretty unique look too. For some help on air plants, look to Hemleva for their expert advice.
Another option is to add cut greenery to your home decor.
Obviously, once a plant is cut from its stem, it isn’t going to have the same air freshening abilities. But, combined with some living plants, a little cut greenery can give you a big, fresh bang for your buck.
Pretty, tall grasses; sweet, little tendrils…Just because there isn’t a flower attached doesn’t mean it won’t look lovely in a bud vase.
Hearty bits from bouquets
Right now, on a window sill in my dining room, are a couple of eucalyptus stems in glass jars. They are one of my favorite touches in the room and I simply plucked them from a flower bouquet that was on its way out. Even though their scent is long gone, they add a much-needed natural element to that space and I just love them.
One last note about greenery –
The quality of faux plants and leaves is pretty extraordinary these days. While you might not want to load up your whole home with fake greenery, a few sprigs tucked into a wreath or a magnolia leaf garland on your mantle may be just what your living room needs.
Surely with these easy ways to add some greenery to your home, everyone can overcome their irrational fear of houseplants like I did. The list of pros is just too long to deny that plants are an inexpensive way to bring the outside in while benefiting your well-being at the same time.