Indoor plants are a quick and versatile way to inject a fresh vibe into your student home and promote wellbeing. But with so many varieties available, how do you choose the right ones to suit your space?
Bring a touch of nature indoors with a few leafy houseplants and fill an empty corner of your bedroom. Choose a tall plant such as a striking Philodendron Scandens (also known as a sweetheart plant), add a tropical vibe with a rubber tree, or opt for a retro seventies feel with a Swiss cheese plant.
Alternatively, spider plants and trailing ivy are a popular choice for shelves and bookcases because they are easy to grow. Create a talking point by opting for a ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’ with its distinctive long, spiky leaves. And if you’re short on space, keep it simple with a few small cacti, succulents or stylish air plants – ideal for desks or windowsills. They’re all low-maintenance and look great with hardly any effort.
To brighten your room, consider flowering plants such as hyacinths, geraniums or begonias. And for year-round blooms opt for colourful anthuriums or orchids, which are available in a variety of shades to suit your scheme.
For an individual look, add a range of different plant pots in terracotta, on-trend concrete and copper. Or if you’re feeling creative, customise your pots with paint or decorate with patterned paper. Plus, don’t forget to re-use empty glass jars or old plastic pots for a more eco-friendly choice.
We looked at other ways to add colour to your student apartment in our blog on personalising your studio.
Studies have also found that houseplants can help clear toxins, reduce dust levels, help you relax and even make you more productive. Plants such as peace lilies and aloe vera look great and create a calming atmosphere too.
And why not create your very own indoor herb garden? Buy a few potted plants such as basil, coriander, chives and parsley from the supermarket and watch them flourish. They’ll add a fresh flavour and extra taste to your healthy home-cooked dishes.
So, regardless of whether your space is big or small, and even if you know nothing about gardening, there’s a houseplant or two to brighten your student home.
Written by the Nurtur team