Spring is just around the corner! With the change of seasons, you may want to liven up your indoor and outdoor spaces with a complementing home improvement project or two. For a truly spring-y feel, put a touch of green indoors by bringing in plants.
When the pandemic resulted in lockdowns on a global scale, people found more time to engage in new hobbies and activities that didn’t require them to step out of their respective homes. Gardening became a popular choice for some. With this came fresh (literally) decorating trends to spruce up the home with the use of our leafy friends. Not only do they provide a salve for one’s mental health in these unsettling times but they also recycle the air indoors, replacing potentially harmful gases with life-giving oxygen.
Let’s look more closely at the plants that have made their way into people’s homes and hearts and their endearing qualities:
A 1989 NASA study revealed how certain plants could rid a home of common indoor air pollutants like cigarette smoke, organic chemicals, and even pathogens then convert these into new plant tissue. Below is a list of common indoor plants with these properties:
- Bamboo Palm
- Aloe Vera
- Snake Plant
- Boston Fern
- Rubber Plant
- Spider Plant
Aloe Vera is a wonder plant with several uses. Its antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties make it useful for treating minor burns, healing wounds, and even curing certain skin problems. It can also be used for DIY hand sanitizers, shampoos, and facials. You can also use this for minimalist home décor.
House plants like the ones mentioned above that help to purify and humidify your indoor air will also be beneficial for your skin.
Instead of going out every time you need to refill your pantry or fridge, why not grow food yourself? Try growing edible plants like tomatoes, basil, and peppers. Also, consider growing your own green onions, cilantro, and leafy vegetables like lettuce, bok choy, and arugula. Having a mini indoor garden of these herbs and veggies is a big win in terms of convenience and costs. You can simply cook your own food instead of eating out or getting deliveries.
Colorful indoor flowers
There are many delightful house plants that basically take care of themselves. Consider Gardenias, Peace Lilies, Anthuriums, and Amaryllis. Or, get seed-starter kits of Marigolds, Moon Vine, and Salvia. Once spring arrives, you can repot these and keep them outdoors.
Cute cacti and succulents
These are perfect for temperate to warm climates. Choose from a great assortment, whether you just want a few small accents for your work desk at home or a tall statement piece for the living room. The following are indoor gardeners’ top picks under this category:
- Hens and Chicks
- Christmas Cactus
- Angel Wings Cactus
- Jade Plant
- Snake Plant
Indoor plants also make great accessories for staging your home. When combined with other simple home improvements, they can help boost the value of your home. Don’t forget to also add greenery to your patio, front porch, and backyard for curb appeal that rocks.
These great tips are just some of the recommendations you can get from Realtors with a wealth of experience in the industry. In the Coachella Valley, you can turn to top-notch real estate expert John Butler. Reach out to him via email at AmazingDesertHomes(at)gmail(dotted)com or call 760.989.2030.