While indoor plants are a timeless interior accessory, there’s far more to these leafy fellows than meets the eye. The plants you choose can seriously benefit your wellbeing in a multitude of ways when placed in a particular room or space — from being all-natural sleep inducers in the bedroom to offering a helping hand in the kitchen. We’ve hunted down the perfect plant for every room in the house so you create your own indoor oasis.
Who doesn’t love the smell of lavender? Beyond being a beautiful, ornamental addition to the bedroom, placing a flowering lavender plant in there is thought to often result in better sleep, boosted moods and reduced anxiety. There are a truckload of pillow sprays, essential oils and sleep masks on the market that are created with a quality night’s shut-eye in mind, but nothing compares to the real thing.
Bathroom: Aloe Vera
An absolute wonder plant, Aloe Vera is a multifaceted miracle of nature that couldn’t be more suited to the bathroom. Serving as a first aid kit, (its antibacterial and antioxidant properties lend themselves to anything from mosquito bites to burns), a moisturiser, a lip balm, and even as an all-natural mouthwash, a potted Aloe plant might just be the most beneficial botanical there is — plus, its thick, rubbery, short-stemmed leaves create an ideal sink-side decoration.
Any plant in the kitchen should be part of a herb garden — the more edible the better, we think. Begin your collection with a mint potted plant — fitting in right at home on your sun-drenched kitchen windowsill, a mint plant not only makes a cute interior addition but it also serves as a helping hand to all your culinary needs (read: mojitos), all while filling the air with a subtle, refreshing aroma. Wanting to grow the family? Add more potted plants filled with basil, coriander and rosemary to give the mint some company.
Office/Study: Spider Plant
Not only can plants help purify and humidify the air, they can also boost brainpower. A 2005 study at the Royal College of Agriculture in Cirencester, England, found that students demonstrated 70 percent greater attentiveness when taught in a room containing plants, whereas a worldwide 2011 study found that houseplants in an office setting can both prevent fatigue and improve your attention span. A spider plant’s grass-like foliage serves as a mature, attractive (home) office accent. We see a promotion on the horizon.
Dining room: Orchid
A vibrant, purple orchid flower not only makes a lively table arrangement — serving as a serious conversation starter for when you’re entertaining — but its subtle, sweet aroma has also been known to trigger a positive change in people’s emotions. The best part? Orchids are seriously low-maintenance, in fact overwatering is the most common way to kill them, so if you forget to show them some love for a week or three, they’ll still be blooming beautifully as your table centrepiece.
Living Room: The Fiddle-Leaf Fig
The bigger and leafier the plant, the better it is for clearing the air — perfect for the room in which you spend most of your time. The fiddle-leaf fig, aka Ficus lyrata, is a bigger plant that stretches out its large, violin-shaped leaves to serve as the perfect ornamental accent in the corner of a living space. It will need a large pot, (one that ties in perfectly with your interior colour scheme, of course) and watering regularly.
While not technically a room per se, the hallway of your home shouldn’t be overlooked — it too needs a green touch. Lining the front hall of your home with a lemongrass plant or two gives far more than just interior aesthetics, the strong scent that emanates from the leaves can also serve as a pest deterrent, meaning that any unwelcome crawlies should stay firmly on the other side of the door.