You’ll no doubt have seen the huge increase in houseplant popularity this year. So you may now ask yourself, which are the best indoor plants? Well, what better time to turn to our green friends, than Houseplant Appreciation Day, 10th January!
According biophilic design (which answers our innate need to connect with nature) our wellbeing, productivity and creativity increase by as much as 15% if we have elements from the natural world indoors. So lets get that green goodness flowing!
Instagram is an amazing source of inspiration. But to figure out the best indoor plants for you, consider not only your decor style, but also what will work in your home. It it light, dark, breezy, hot, north facing, south facing…? (More on that here).
What plant should I buy?
The peace lily, the 70s interiors style icon, is back! And with good reason too, as along with spider plants, is one of the best air purifying plants around. These, along with spider plants, are excellent in bedrooms and offices. But you do need quite a few of them.
We fill our house with Aloe Vera, an essential part of our family’s natural first aid kit. Tear off a small part and open to expose the juice, then use for burns and skin conditions like psoriasis and dandruff (it’s a miracle cure combined with tea tree oil).
House plant benefits extend beyond just air purification and medicinal purposes. Plants also visually stimulating, connecting us with nature, lowering our heart rate and slowing our breathing. For this, opt for big leaf options with maximum impact (enter the mighty Cheese Plant) and place plants at varying heights. You can also add home decor with plant motifs, or motifs that suggest images of nature. In the Chalk & Moss online shop, we sell inspiring prints of the cheese Plant, banana leaf plant, rubber plant and fern from original artwork by Dollybirds Art.
If you want to create a soothing space, ferns are a popular choice. In their natural habitat, they grow by flowing streams and shaded woodland. So they will thank you for a shady spot, where they bring peace to your corner.
If you’re after more plant tips by room or personality type, or you’re worried about how care for your house plants, head on over to this blog post for advice. For a fun project, try making your own hanging kokedama ball with ferns and other plants. Here’s how.
Where to buy natural homewares
Now that you know some of the best indoor plants, it’s time to accessorise! To shop nature connected homewares to complement your new greenery, step into the Chalk & Moss shop.