I’ve long loved the idea of house plants, but our apartment doesn’t get much direct sunlight and we don’t have a lot of good places to put plants near a window. Little did I know, however, that many indoor plants like bright spaces but not direct sunlight, so basically I just had no idea what I was talking about. It does happen occasionally! Anyway, the trend of indoor plants is, I think, a fairly constant home decor idea, more than a passing notion. And I finally started getting more serious about the idea recently, when I went over to my sister’s place and she had the cutest indoor plants in her apartment. If my sister can do indoor plants, then I can do indoor plants, right?! Here’s to hoping. I’ve done a little research on types, care, and indoor plant decor ideas. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far…
Types of Indoor Plants
There seems to be a crazy number of types of indoor plants, but there are a few that pop up on just about every list and are fairly easy to get your hands on – I’ve seen a few of these at my local market even!
Small Indoor Plants
For two reasons, small indoor plants are a great place to start. One – space limitations are, well, limiting. Two – if you’re just getting into the idea of indoor plants, then smaller is better! These three varieties are great places to start and while they can each grow to be quite a bit bigger, you can keep them small by keeping them in small container.
Jade (pictured above)
Aloe Vera (yep, the same thing that helps with sunburns)
Succulents of any kind.
- Here’s an article from Sunset Magazine (my fave!) on how to grow succulents indoors
Tall Indoor Plants
While small may be easy, tall indoor plants are really what will change a space. It’s a piece of furniture in and of itself and adds a great pop of color – the epitome of indoor plant decor!
Fiddle Leaf Fig (these can get really big)
Rubber Tree (a great low light indoor plant – see more here)
Best Indoor Plants for Clean Air
Any plant is a good plant, but some plants are great plants to help with cleaning the air in your home. Here are my five picks for the best indoor plants for clean air based on their fabulous qualities and their appearance!
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How to Care for Indoor Plants
Before we get to the end of indoor plant decor, we gotta talk about proper care, because a dying indoor plant isn’t chic. That’s just science!
Each plant requires a slightly different bit of sunlight and watering, but it seems that most plants don’t want direct sunlight and don’t need to be watered more than once per week. To avoid direct sunlight, you can use a sheer curtain (I have a sheer piece of fabric I use for light control for photography that I’m sure would work the same). You can also open/close blinds and curtains depending on when the sun will directly hit a plant.
As for watering, get yourself a schedule. Maybe every weekend or every Wednesday, you do a check on your plants. Soil should be evenly moist but not drenched. Also, if the air is dry (e.g. if you live in Arizona or during winter months with the heat pumping), you may need to water a little more frequently.
Indoor Plant Decor
Ok. So you figured out what plants you want and how they’re going to make you a super healthy person (let’s pretend, shall we!), but now you have to put them in your home and make them look good. One great tip I read was to think of your plant and the container as a piece of furniture. Make sure the plant and pot fit your space (physically) and definitely think about the colors/patterns of the pot in relation to your whole space! I found a few fun pots below to get your creativity going…