Whether you live in a small apartment, a shared house, or a studio flat, having limited space doesn’t mean you should sacrifice style. Indoor plants can breathe new life into your home and come in a wide variety of styles, sizes, hues, and fragrances, meaning there is a variant to suit even the most discerning of tastes, and the smallest of spaces.
If you’re looking to add an injection of colour to a smaller area, plants can make the perfect investment. Not only can they brighten up an array of rooms, but they also purify the air, boost creativity, lower stress levels and enhance productivity. It is therefore little wonder that plants are proving popular, especially at a time when the majority of us working from home!
Here we’ve listed our top ten plant picks for small spaces, designed to provide some inspiration if you wish a little greenery to your home. All have various care needs, but the majority can thrive for periods of time with little attention. You can also put them in a range of different pots and other vessels to match your interior décor if you wish.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is often a name we associate with soothing lotions and potions. In fact, it’s been used for many years and is renowned for its healing properties.
The unique gel found in this plant promises to soothe a variety of skin ailments including itches and burns. But alongside its many health benefits, it’s a perfect companion for those wishing to inject a splash of green hue into a small space.
It can easily thrive on a windowsill and provided that it has moderate sunlight and water, it’s extremely low-maintenance. Just give it a drop of water every two or three weeks and you can leave it alone otherwise.
2. The Philodendron
This species of plant is perfect for a desktop in a small study, or a shelf in a living room. Its beautiful array of rich, green leaves promise to brighten up any room in the household.
These plants thrive indoors all year round, regardless of the season. But the beauty of the philodendron is that they adapt to their surroundings, whether placed in a large, airy room or a tiny, box room.
This makes the philodendron an ideal option for a first-time plant owner wishing to add a lease of life to a tiny space. They prefer bright, yet indirect sunlight, and can be watered sparingly when the top inch of soil is dry.
3. Pothos Plants
Pothos plants are available in a range of varieties, including neon, golden, marbled, and more. As a result, there is a style of pothos to suit all tastes and all interior decor options.
They’re a great choice for smaller spaces as their cascading leaves make use of vertical areas, meaning you can place them on a shelf or mantelpiece. They require little sunlight, yet promise to add a dash of green-up any room in the household.
4. Snake Plant
Small spaces can often get a little stagnate, so you’ll want to embrace the snake plant for its air-purifying properties. Snake plants – also known as ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’ – not only come highly recommended by NASA when it comes to ridding our interiors of unwanted chemicals, but they also thrive in moderate sunlight and drier conditions.
It’s renowned for being one of the hardest houseplants to destroy, making it a great option for amateur gardeners!
Succulents are extremely easy to grow and care for. In fact, you seldom have to lift a finger. They come in an assortment of cute shapes and are relatively tiny, which makes them the perfect choice for smaller spaces.
They’re also extremely hardy and can be housed in a variety of interesting vessels, adding an element of style to your home interior. Some of the best indoor succulents to opt for include Burro’s Tail, Hens and Chicks, Christmas Cactus, Ponytail Palm, Jade Plant, and the Panda Plant.
6. Spider Plant
Spider plants are another popular option for smaller interior spaces, as they’re also extremely hardy and boast numerous health benefits. They’re constantly fabricating smaller plants, which can be cut and placed in water to initiate an entirely new shrub – this really is the plant that keeps on giving!
Provide a spider plant with bright, indirect light and regular watering to help it thrive, but be careful not to overwater as it can be impacted by root rot.
7. The Peace Lily
Another brilliant air purifier, the Peace Lily is a popular choice for tight spaces. Even if you’re notorious at killing houseplants, this one should last under your care.
Its pretty blooms and sophisticated silhouette can add instant style to any room in the household. While a peace lily prefers a medium level of light, leaving it in more light can lead it to flower more.
One for the chic, minimalistic apartment, the orchid is an extremely sophisticated bloom that will give you years of joy when cared for correctly.
Whether you balance it on a bookshelf, in the centre of your coffee table to create a focal point, or on your windowsill, this beautiful plant is easy to care for and comes in various hues. Be careful not to overwater your orchid, as they can be susceptible to root rot.
9. The Fiddle Leaf Fig
If you’re looking for a verdant, slender, leafy plant, the Fiddle leaf Fig should be your go-to option. It’s a great way to add an instant wow factor to any room in the household that benefits from bright sunlight. For best results and to ensure your plant thrives, only water when the soil is dry to the touch.
10. The Pilea
Often referred to as the Chinese money plant, due to its pretty, coin-shaped leaves, the Pilea is a cutesy option for the home interior. This playful plant is not only pleasing to the eye, it’s a true gem when it comes to investing in a low-maintenance shrub for the home.
This plant, like the Spider Plant, grows a series of offshoots, which can be removed and transformed into new plants. You can either gift these to friends or place one in every room in your home. If you wish to encourage re-growth, it’s important to repot the Pilea on a regular basis.
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