Why plants are important for your home

A ficus — very popular and easy to find in Singapore. Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

A mini-post about the importance of plants at home.

In my home, I try to keep many plants (with mixed success — I don’t have green fingers); it helps soothe us and calm us down by creating a nice green space.

The importance of plants in our homes

You may not think about it, but plants are wonderful additions to an indoor space and improve the quality of the air.

And just as plants are important for our planet, they also provide benefits to the people in our spaces: they help to purify the air, make a room feel more roomy, and can even provide some much-needed mental relief from a stressful day.

Plants also give a more welcoming feeling: pay attention when coming inside a space with no plants; it gives a cold, unpleasant feeling. That’s why there’s rent-a-plant companies focussing on offices.

In homes, we often use (bigger) plants to create a private nook, for example to create a nice reading area near the sofa, and obstructing the view of outsiders or neighbours, without fully blocking the view or sunlight.

Which are easy to keep indoor plants?

Some plants are easy to grow indoors as they do not require a lot of light and can provide decoration and make your home look more alive.

A tiny aloe vera plant on a balcony — Shan Wong Interior Design
Aloe Vera. Photo by Alexandra Tran on Unsplash

Aloe is one of the easiest plants to grow indoors. It also has many health benefits (like soothing burns and minor wounds, moisturizing dry skin, relieving acne and acting as an antibacterial agent — but as an interior designer, I don’t know much about that so probably best not to take my word for it 😉).

Calathea is another plant that is easy to grow indoors because it does not need much light or water. Calathea can be used for decoration or as an air purifying plant because it removes formaldehyde from indoor air.

A rubber tree is another option if you want to decorate your house with a tropical feel. But it needs more light than most indoor plants since it’s used to living in the rainforest.

And of course, the usual suspects like the Money and Snake plant, Pothos, Ferns, etc.

When shopping for plants, I usually look for plants that can survive with limited light, as most homes only have indirect lights.

There’s plenty of other relatively easy to keep plants. The wonderful people from Far East Flora or Tumbleweed will undoubtedly be able to advise you.

Oh, and besides getting a nice-looking plant, do invest in a nice pot that fits your interior.

Herbs

You can also grow herbs that are great for cooking. Having fresh basil, mint, rosemary, chillis, and more, is great for home-cooking.

Fresh herbs to cook at home — Shan Wong Interior Design
Neat kitchen island with some herbs to cook. Photo by Henrik Hjortshøj on Unsplash

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Yeri Tiete
Singapore