Decorating with plants is a great way to breathe life into your home without spending too much money.
Keep reading to learn about the benefits of plants inside your house along with tips on different ways you can use plants to brighten up your space and how you can maintain them.
The Benefits of Plants
All indoor plants will clean your air and act as a natural filter, but some do the job a little better than others. Typically ivies, poinsettias, palms (lady palms and areca palms), peace lilies, Boston ferns and spider plants are great at improving the air quality in your environment.
Reduced Humidity Levels
Plant transpiration works to create an indoor humidity level that’s ideal for humans. Remember, if the air’s too dry, you’re vulnerable to flu and colds, but if it’s too humid, it can be uncomfortable or cold. Through transpiration and evaporation, indoor plants help to regulate the humidity in your home, keeping it at an ideal level.
Reduced Noise Levels
Plants can actually absorb, reflect and diffract sound. While this difference is more noticeable in environments with hard surfaces and harsh corners, plants can and will diffuse noise and loud echoes. The Peace Lily and the Sweetheart Plant are both good examples of plants that can diffuse sound.
How to Decorate With Plants
Group Them Together
Group plants together if you want to not only create an indoor green space and nice arrangement, but also take advantage of a big window with lots of sunlight.
Repot Your Plants Regularly
Typically a spring chore, repotting your plants will give them new life and infuse them with healthy new soil. Remember to always wash out a pot thoroughly before you put a plant back inside it.
Make Your Plants Functional
Try to keep plants that have a functional purpose in your home. For example, have an aloe vera plant handy for cuts, bruises and burns. Or, keep a handy herb garden on your kitchen window ledge. You’ll benefit from the beauty of the plants, but also the extra flavors in your cooking.
Protect Your Plants from Your Pets
If your cat or dog likes to destroy house plants, set up a few deterrents to keep your plants healthy and thriving. You can plant toothpicks in the soil as the sharp points will deter your pets. Another method involves spraying the plants with a diffused garlic, pepper and water mixture. The unpleasant smell and taste will keep your pets at bay.