Meenakshi is a practicing Interior Designer who knows and values the importance of plants in interior spaces.
‘Plants Add Years to Our Lives and Life to Our Years.’
Integrating plants in your interior design/decor has recently gained tremendous importance and popularity. Certainly because not only do they make the space more appealing and alive, but also play an important role in your overall health. Many interior designers make sure to include plant decor that blends in perfectly with their interior design and gives the room a little natural sparkle along with all of the benefits that plants offer.
Many times, we are unsure about indoor plants in our home decor because plants would need proper care and we might not be well aware of what type of indoor plants to add to our homes (aesthetically and maintenance wise too).
Here’s a short guide on which indoor plants to use, how to use them to enhance your aesthetics, and their significance or benefits in our lives.
Top 6 Indoor Plants for Your Home (Their Significance and Maintenance)
When you go shopping for indoor plants at a nursery, the sight will leave most of us amazed with the variety of plants, flowering plants, and their variations available these days. However, maintaining them is up to us. Below mentioned is a list of easy maintenance, home decor friendly indoor plants:
1. Areca Palm: This is almost every interior designer’s one of the most favorite plant as it is perfect for Indian homes having bright green fronds forming a lush shrub. Its sturdiness ensures that it needs limited care and attention. home decor. When kept indoors it grows to a maximum height of 6 feet to 7 feet. Ensure to plant it in a small or medium-sized pot, so the roots are restricted from spreading out too much. This useful plant is effective in filtering two main pollutants like carbon monoxide from the air. Furthermore, it also plays an important role in keeping your house cool by acting as a humidifier.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is one of the most well-known plants in India and is also used for various purposes in Indian homes. Along with having medicinal properties, this plant is an extremely effective air purifier. The gel of this plant is used to treat a variety of skin conditions as it contains medicinal properties. The aloe vera plant starts to display brown spots when indoor air quality is poor hence it can be used to keep the indoor air quality in check.
3. Snake Plant: Another plant that is every interior designer’s favorite is the snake plant, certainly because it is easily adaptable to any room; from bathrooms to bedrooms and every little corner. Also, this plant needs very little sunlight, hardly any water, and still remains fresh green and yellow for days! It is surprising to know that it's also a great chemical and carbon dioxide absorber taking in chemicals from personal care products and in turn releasing oxygen.
4. Monstera: Monstera thrives in a warm, humid environment which makes it the ideal indoor plant for homes in India and other tropical countries. As the name suggests, Monsteras can grow up to extremely large sizes, but you can control their growth with a small pot. They need water only when the soil is dry, and they can easily refresh the look of otherwise dull, quiet corners with indirect sunlight. This plant also has air-purifying properties, you just need to wipe down and eliminate all the dust it accumulates from the air.
5. Money Plant: There are a lot of beliefs, and sayings linked to this plant that state that it brings prosperity and good luck making it a common sight in Indian homes. The heart-shaped leaves are extremely soothing and beautiful to look at as the vines grow in length. This plant manages to survive in extreme climates and can withstand sudden temperature changes. Money plant in itself adds to the aesthetics of a space, know more about the decor and aesthetics about this plant in the last section of this guide.
6. Spider Plant: A Spider plant can survive with minimum watering (although it’s not recommended) and requires moderate sunlight. Just ensure to fertilize this plant twice a month during the spring and the summer because that is when it tends to use maximum nutrients. This plant removes benzene, xylene, and carbon monoxide from the air, making it one of the most ideal air purifiers for homes located near busy roads.
Here’s How to Use These Indoor Plants to Enhance Aesthetics
When shopping for indoor plants, it is best to get a variety of species with which to decorate your home. This will give your house a unique look and clear the air of a variety of different pollutants.
By setting up potted plants in different areas, you can rid the air of toxins and stay healthy inside your own home. As we all know, plants are the most natural form of air purification! Indoor plants can be used as accent pieces, to soften areas, or even to create a certain expression.
Use Plants to Break Monotony
Many of us are now getting accustomed to minimal interiors due to the vast digital exposure where ideas and references are available in bulk. Minimal interiors involve the usage of softer or pastel hues and this sometimes may get monotonous if not executed smartly. Hence in such cases, an easy way to break the monotony is to use plants as they instantly add color and life to the space.
Adding Plants when Nothing Else Seems to be Working
Adding artifacts or lampshades or other decor items can be tricky and all of us may not have the understanding as to what to use where. Here, indoor plants act as your saviors! Depending on your space you can select the size of the plant. For example, a tall plant can be used to enhance an empty corner, similarly smaller plants can be placed on wall shelves, on side tables, etc. Don’t be skeptical about adding plants because you always have an option of moving them around or replacing them with new additions to instantly refresh the look of your space.
Tiny Plants to Add a Green Touch
There’s a wide range of options available in bonsai or cactus which can be potted in small pots, mugs, glasses, etc., and can be placed on study desks, dining tables, window ledge, washbasin counters, on shoe racks, etc. After all ‘It’s all about the details!’
‘The Plants have Enough Spirit to Transform Our Limited Version’
— Rosemary Gladstar
We, humans, have a strong connection to nature on this planet thus bringing nature into your immediate surroundings makes you calmer, more content, and even more focused. Outdoor activities like trekking, nature walks are shown to reduce levels of stress and anxiety. Incorporating indoor plants in your interior space can do the same. It’s interesting to know that there are studies being conducted to experiment and examine whether having plants nearby in a hospital room can actually help patients better manage their pain.
Furthermore, the act of caring for your plants can also help decrease stress and anxiety. So remember, whenever you’re watering your plants, relax your mind, take a few deep breaths, and focus on what you’re doing. Build some sort of connection with them by admiring them or maybe even talk to them!