Jul 1

The Best Plants to Brighten Up Your Home

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shutterstock_575427313Having fresh plants in your home provides both aesthetic and oxygen, which are both important when planning on open living space. Taking care of live plants in your home can be intimidating, because you have to take care of them. However, don’t opt for a plastic plant instead. If you can’t grow it, it will show. A plastic plant looks tacky and detracts from the overall appeal of the room.

Aloe Vera Plant

An aloe vera plant serves many purposes. It monitors the air quality in your home, filtering out air pollutants that can be found in many household cleaning products. If there are excessive chemicals in your home, brown spots will appear on the plants leaves, which is a great indicator to you to make a few changes for your health. In addition, the gel inside the leaves is incredible at relieving sunburns, among other health ailments.

Peace Lily

The peace lily is an incredibly low maintenance plant, which is perfect if you’re having a hard time committing to adding plants to your home because you’re intimidated by the idea of having to take care of a living thing. These beautiful and delicate plants do best in shaded areas of your home.

Snake Plant

Like the peace lily, a snake plant doesn’t require a lot of attention to survive. They don’t need very much light or water to survive, so it’s the perfect plant to put in the corner of your room. This plant absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at night, rather than during the day like most plants. This will help keep fresh air circulating through your home at all times.

Red-Edged Dracaena

This gorgeous plant can grow to be ceiling height(in fact, 15 foot dracaena plants are common). At such a high height, the red-edged dracaena is the perfect plant for filling up space in a vibrant way. The dracaena will grow best in a room with a lot of sunlight.

Golden Pothos

This plant has actually made it onto the NASA list of plants that will clear formaldehyde from the air. You’re guaranteed to have cleaner and fresher air if you bring a golden pothos into your home. Try adding it into your living room or kitchen as a hanging plant; when hung, it will grow in beautiful hanging cascading vines. It grows easily in a cool temperature room with limited sunlight.