I’m writing this in the heat of summer, a time when we’re all surrounded by blue skies, lush greenery, and an abundance of natural beauty. So it’s easy to understand why you might want to capture a bit of that beauty for your interiors too.
Plants have been scientifically proven to help us feel calmer, more relaxed and more at ease at home. This is largely because we’re hardwired to find natural sights and sounds calming, and plants can help us feel closer to nature. Plus, they’re a perfect complement to interiors in a natural or Scandi style, with minimalist furniture and green or neutral sofa covers!
Perfect indoor plants
If you’re thinking about incorporating some plant life into your own space at home, allow me to ‘furnish’ you with 4 of my top suggestions!
I understand why spider plants might not sound too appealing at first, but don’t worry – the resemblance is passing at best! The spider plant gets its name from the mini plants (or spiderettes) which dangle down from its sprawling leaves, like spiders hanging on webs. Contrary to their slightly disconcerting name though, spider plants have a famously cheery character, and they’re a favourite for British homes. That’s partially thanks to their bright variegated leaves, and partially to do with their ability to clean the air of common toxins like carbon monoxide. Tests by NASA, no less, found that they could reduce airborne toxins like formaldehyde by up to 90%!
Spider plants are notably hardy too, and they’re non-toxic to animals – making them a brilliant choice for first-time plant owners, or if you’ve got pets around the house.
Aloe Vera make perfect indoor plants
Even if you’re not blessed with particularly green fingers, I’m willing to bet there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Aloe Vera. It’s earned a reputation as the ‘first aid plant’ because pieces of its leaves have sometimes historically been used to treat minor burns and ailments. They make for a striking and eye-catching addition to your home, with fleshy, spiky leaves that grow from a stemless rosette – ideal for giving your space more definition by breaking up any abundance of soft furnishings in your living room or bedroom.
Crocus Chinese money plant
Like Aloe Vera, the Crocus Chinese Money Plant is another succulent, and it’s not hard to see where it got its name. Its most distinctive feature are the perfectly rounded, coin-shaped leaves on long, thin stems. It’s rumoured to be able to bring you good fortune and success in life if you look after it – which shouldn’t be difficult, given its hardy nature. That’s largely due to the ability of those coin-shaped leaves to retain water extremely well, so as long as you don’t completely forget to water it, your money plant should thrive – and hopefully, so will you!
These large plants really live up to their name, and make an amazing focal point for your room. The Swiss cheese plant is one of the most popular variants, with huge perforated-looking leaves that serve as a clear inspiration for their name. Monstera plants can grow to be huge – especially compared to the other plants on this list – so don’t be afraid to earmark an entire space in your room for it. They enjoy warm temperatures, so if you like the idea of turning your interiors into a true oasis of peace, a Monstera plant is a fantastic choice.
These are just a few of my suggestions of course – you’ve probably got one or two of your own! When it comes right down to it, the perfect plant for your interiors all comes down to individual choice, and with just a little care and attention, it’s amazing how much more beautiful your space can be.