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Designing With House Plants That Will Improve Air Quality

Indoor plants serve well as botanical decor for your home, a way to brighten a space and also an air purifier to combat toxins within a room. Isolation has forced a lot of us to stay indoors, handing us an extended amount of time to focus on the small things, like what corner needs a leafy addition. But what plants are the best for your house? If you’re thinking of designing with house plants, here’s a list to help you find one’s that aren’t just low maintenance but act as a natural purifier.

1. Spider Plant Chlorophytum comosum
Sounds horrifying but they do NOT attract spiders! These plants are easy to grow in a bright environment and tend to vine so give them some space! They’re incredibly low maintenance, so brilliant for any forgetful owners out there who just want some foliage for their home. Fun fact: Spider plants tend to flower, so watch out!

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2. Peace Lily Spathiphyllum
Now here’s one for your mind, body and soul; the Peace Lily. These plants work well if you don’t have a heap of space or light. They enjoy shady environments and are one of those plants who will let you know when they need to be watered. If they droop, they need a drink! They bloom in the summer with large white flowers and are known to be quick growers.

3. Rubber Plants Ficus elastica
What would fill a spare corner better than a small indoor tree? Rubber plants are one of the darker indoor plants, growing large, rich burgundy leaves that add a little class to any space. They’re super hardy, only requiring weekly water and grow super quickly, definitely holding centrepiece qualities.

4. Aloe Vera
Want a plant that can do more than just grow? Aloe Vera is your go-to. Not only are they great air purifiers but they also retain healing properties that can repair wounds. They will relieve any sunburn at just a crack of a leaf. Great for pots but remember to have a hole at the bottom because it is important to drain them after watering.

5. Boston Fern Nephrolepis exaltata
Boston ferns are perfect if you are looking for a plant that will grow substantial foliage in a short amount of time.  When designing with house plants, they would fit perfectly into a bathroom that has a window as they enjoy high humanity and moist soil. Not only beautiful on the outside, they also break down the pollutants in the root’s system, acting as a natural air purifier for your home.

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6. Pothos Plant Epipremnum aureum
The pothos plant offers real designing finishings to a home, producing cascading tendrils, perfect for when designing with house plants. Not only that, but they’re also highly versatile, happy to grow in water or pots and combat household toxins. Water once a week in the summer, and when dry in winter and you’ll be watching its heart-shaped leaves growing by the day.

7. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue Dracaena trifasciata
The Mother-in-Law’s Tongue are the most unique out of all the ones on the list, growing snake-like leaves that speckle between shades of green. They’re a succulent plant so they can handle almost anything, just water them occasionally and watch them grow within your home. Night owls; consider this plant or your room as they emit oxygen at night while simultaneously absorbing carbon dioxide, purifying the air and giving you a better night’s sleep.

8. Areca palms Dypsis lutescens
Let’s get tropical! Areca Palms are brilliant for eliminating toxins and add a touch of paradise to your home. They’re brilliant for big spaces as their leaves tend to sprawl out and thankfully non-toxic for your furry friends in the house. Remember to water them a lot during the summer, otherwise, they are happy to grow on their own.

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9. Swiss Cheese Plant Monstera deliciosa
A classic, but very stylish when designing with house plants. The monstera is a favourite not only for their unique leaves but also their simplicity when taking care of them. Given them some water weekly, keep them in a bright environment with indirect sunlight and they will grow generously while purifying the air.

10. Mums Chrysanthemums
When thinking of designing with house plants, have you considered incorporating colours? Mums spruce up a space with their blooming flowers with a range of hues creating a wholesome, yet trendy vibe for your home. These plants are one of the best air purifying plants but warning; they require slightly more attention than the rest of the plants on this list. Ensure they have good airflow and a bright environment. Only water with warm water and let them dry between drinks.

Are you in the process of building your new family home? Feel free to contact the iBuildNew team on 1800 184 284 or book a call online for free, expert advice and getting connected with the right builder.

Amanda Vearing

Amanda is a recent Advertising and Creative Industries graduate from Queensland University of Technology. She is an enthusiast for words and anything creative.


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