Indoor plants have become increasingly popular over the last few years, and for good reason. Not only are they pretty, but they have a whole host of health benefits. And for apartment dwellers, they’re a great way to bring the outdoors in. Who needs a yard?
In case you’re not already on the bandwagon, here are ten excellent reasons to become a #plantlady (or plant guy).
1. They purify the air – NASA studies have shown that houseplants remove harmful indoor pollutants such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, ammonia, pollen, mold, and more – nasty things that are known to cause headaches, fatigue, sickness, and allergies. Adding some indoor plants to your apartment can improve the air quality, and cleaner air can lead to better health.
2. They reduce stress – Besides the physical benefits of better air quality, there are all sorts of psychological benefits to having plants around. They’ve been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and make people happier.
3. They add color – Most apartments are a whole lot of beige: tan carpet, white walls, and builder basic kitchens. Plants are a great way to add some much needed color and texture…especially if you put them in colorful pots! P.S. “Greenery” is the Pantone Color of the Year for 2017, and there’s no better way to incorporate it in your home than with greenery, literally.
4. They’re perfect for styling vignettes – I always love using small decorative items for styling bookshelves or mantels (things like ceramic animals, picture frames, and candlesticks). But when you have too many in a row, it can start to look like a random thrift store collection instead of a home. Small houseplants fit on a shelf, but their organic shape breaks up all the hard lines – and they feel homier!
5. They’re a great way to decorate seasonally – Nature, including potted plants and cut flowers, is the easiest and best way to update your decor for every season. In the summer, I love tropical leaves and peonies. In the fall, pine cones, pumpkins and dahlias reign supreme. In the winter, pine branches and poinsettias set the mood. And in the spring, tulips and cherry blossoms mark the turn of the season.
6. They’re the ultimate local produce – Trying to eat local and organic? You literally can’t get any better than edible plants grown in your own apartment. And the nice thing is, growing plants indoors gives you more options than the weather in your region might allow outside. Live in Washington State but want to grow a lemon tree? You can!
7. You’ll save money – Speaking of which, growing your own plants can save you a nice little chunk of money. There are plenty of plants that have practical purposes beyond decoration: aloe for sunburns, herbs for cooking, citronella for mosquito repellent, tomatoes for eating, etc.
8. They smell amazing – If you want to make your place smell good, fresh plants and flowers win over candles or air fresheners any day. Some of my favorite fragrant plants are lavender, lemon trees, rosemary, mint, and roses.
9. They’re easier and cleaner than a pet – There’s something fulfilling about taking care of a living thing…but many apartments don’t allow pets. Plants (sort of) satisfy that need to give something TLC, and they’re 100% landlord-approved.
10. You don’t need a green thumb – Some may be reading this list like, “Yeah, I know plants are great and all but I just can’t keep them alive!” Good news: there are lots of plants that require super low maintenance, like snake plants, air plants, and cacti. And there are also plenty of “plants” that require ZERO maintenance: dried plants (like eucalyptus and billy balls), freshly cut greenery and flowers, and even fake plants. They may not purify the air, but they do still have psychological benefits, and they’re great for decorating with.
So no excuses, people! Go get some plants in your life!
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