In a world full of chaos and stress, we’re constantly looking for ways to reduce that health risk and relax. One of the ways we do this is by creating the perfect relaxing environment in our homes. Afterall, it’s where you begin and end each day. What’s inside your house is just as important as what it looks like and how it functions. Now, while we’re mostly concerned with improving the function and efficiency of our homes (the whole point for a renovation/remodel) there’s definitely something to be said about simple decorations, specifically the simplest and most beneficial of decorations: houseplants. As you finish up your renovation, consider what types of plants you can add to your new room.

Plants With Perks

It’s a known fact that plants sequester carbon and produce oxygen (which is why you should opt for a drought-friendly yard instead of switching to artificial turf). But did you know that the Journal of Environmental Psychology has studied the effects of plants on people in their homes? They have. And the evidence is clear: you need them! Not just because they’re pretty – although that’s probably where your brain goes when thinking about houseplants – but because they help us breathe and focus better. NASA has also jumped in on this niche and after extensive research conclude that houseplants remove up to 87% of toxins within 24 hours. That’s some impressive work. Houseplants boost the air quality and your mood, all they need is a pretty planter or vase and the right light.

Low Light Plants

Rooms that don’t get a lot of natural light tend to be dreary, especially compared to their full-sun counterparts. Implementing the right kind of foliage can change that in an instant. Another hidden bonus to low light plants is that they tend to require less care; not always, but usually low light equals low maintenance. Here are our picks for the best low light plants to put in your room:

Lucky Bamboo: Said to bring ou financial luck, this sustainable, easy-to-please-plant is perfect for that dark corner that needs a little love. While we can’t vouch for the financial assist, we can say these puppies need only a proper sized-container and enough distilled water to cover an inch above their roots. That’s it. 

Elephant Ear: Large, dark green and maroon leaves make this statement plant perfect for that one little nook that never gets enough light. Large plants like the Elephant Ear don’t need a table or shelf to sit upon. Simply compliment with a large planter that melds with the rest of your room and let it grow.

Aloe Vera: Succulents are great because they’re low maintenance, but they usually crave a lot of light (hello, desert plant). Aloe, however, thrives quite nicely in an indirect light setting. The only thing you have to remember is that it’s a desert plant. So it only needs watering as often as you’re likely to think of it. See how nicely that works out? And you can, of course, use it for after sun care.

Full Sun Friends

Now, not all of the plants that need full sun also need full attention and care. The good news is, when you’re out shopping for plants, many come with stickers or tags that explain their best growing condition needs. For everything else, there’s Google. 

Hibiscus: Let’s throw some blooms in the mix. Not just any blooms, perhaps one of the most beautiful blooms on the planet. The hibiscus flower doesn’t just make some delicious tea flavor, but its delicate petals in its bright and vibrant shades of red, pink, yellow, purple, and white will put you right in the mindset of a tropical setting. 

Succulents: Being a native desert plant, it should be fairly obvious for this type of plant to make a Full Sun list. What’s so wonderful about these sun devouring beauties is that like their fellow aloe plant, they don’t require much water or attention. Since they come in a variety of sizes, you could even create a hanging garden of succulents along the wall of your kitchen or office. Frees up some floor space, and doubles as “art”. 

Papyrus: Now for something completely different! Native to the banks of the Nile (and used by Ancient Egyptians for everything from boat making to paper) this light loving plant has wispy needles bursting out of its long, slender stems like fireworks. Papyrus needs wet feet – in addition to sun – to thrive. Perfect for a kitchen windowsill, keep your papyrus plant in a dish of water and change it weekly.

While we only gave you our top three indoor plants, there’s a plethora out in the wild just waiting to be picked. A room with fresh greenery and blooms is a richer room; providing you with more oxygen, cleaning up your air, and helping you reach and maintain calm within the walls of your home.