If you want to breathe new life into a space without spending a fortune – or rearranging any furniture – a new houseplant is the way to go. They’re beautiful and inexpensive, and the lush green foliage helps bring colour and tranquillity to your home. But, you need to make sure you match the right houseplant to the right room. In an interview with Red Online, houseplant expert and founder of an online garden centre, James Folger gave his insight into which houseplant is best for which room. This is what he had to say…
Best houseplants for every room in the house
The Bedroom – Peace Lily
The Peace Lily, or Spathiphyllum, is a tropical beauty with piercing white flowers, that will compliment any bedroom interiors scheme. The glossy green leaves are superstars at cleaning the air: just remember to mist regularly and wipe clean to keep in tiptop condition.
This pretty plant is hardy, coping in light shade as well as bright indirect light, and thrives in humidity. The air-purification qualities of the leaves means you’ll feel refreshed after sleeping if this plant is kept in your bedroom.
R369.05 from Netflorist
The Bathroom – Areca Bamboo
Luscious tall green stems and long, glossy, green leaves fan out to make quite the impression, but the Areca Bamboo is actually one of the most versatile plants around.
The Areca can cope in light shade and humid conditions: it likes being misted regularly so showers and baths nearby are great at keeping the foliage fresh and airy. This is another great plant for removing pollutants from the air, too and the range of sizes available (35-150cm in height), means you’ll find something suitable to fit any bathroom size.
R495 from Leroy Merlin
The Living Room – Golden Pothos
Also known as Devil’s Ivy, the Golden Pothos is the perfect indoor trailing, climbing or hanging plant and will bring a lush tropical feel to a home. It is also super hardy!
What is amazing about this plant is that if you give it a few hours of sunlight will make the leaves change. They will become more variegated with streaks of colour. Generally though, Golden Pothos can be kept in indirect light and are quite happy to let their soil dry out between watering. It does require occasional pruning, and being in the living room means you’ll never forget to do so.
This is also a great option for those wanting air purification properties. It’s small and can happily fit on a shelf or mantlepiece, adding interest to your living space. Lots of people add these to their desks too for home office tropical vibes. There are lots of studies that suggest having plants around can improve concentration and productivity levels, too – so an even better excuse to have them around.
R145 from Plantify Urban Plantery
The Kitchen – Agave
The Agave is a dense rosette of deep green spikes with red detailing on each edge, and prefers to be in a sunny spot, so next to patio doors or windows in the kitchen is perfect.
The Agave doesn’t tolerate humidity well, so steer clear of the bathroom with this one. Remove outer leaves when they are looking a bit tired – new growth comes from the centre.
R135 from Leroy Merlin
The Home Office – Chinese Money Plant
The Chinese Money Plant has plate-like leaves spinning on bouncy stems, making it a really stunning looking plant to keep you inspired while working.
Plants are said to boost productivity, and this pretty green plant is also a great way to regulate the air in the room, creating a cool and airy space, perfect for busy days.
The Chinese Money Plant is perfectly proportioned for a windowsill or side table. It can handle humidity and bright indirect light, but it’s a good idea to keep the leaves aired, lightly misted and clean. What’s more – according to Feng Shui experts – Chinese Money Plants are said to bring luck, money and prosperity to the owner.
R165 from Plantify Urban Plantery