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Your Guide to Household Plants

By September 18, 2019March 29th, 2024Interior Design Tips

Succulents, florals, live, or faux greenery is truly taking the interior design world by storm. Interior plants add the fresh pop of color by breathing new life back into outdated designs.  For years, homeowners used faux plant or fresh flowers here and there throughout their home, but today, loading up house plants is everyone’s go-to design tip. From flowers, greenery, and succulents, to fake plants and more, indoor plants are one of the best style trends to follow.

Unfortunately, finding the household plant that works for you can be a challenge. Chances are you have bought a few only to find they are more work than you planned. Knowing which plants to buy and how to take care of them is the first step in making the right choice for your home. So, instead of buying the first plant that catches your eye, here are a few expert tips to get you started on the right path.

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How to Choose the Right Household Plant

House plants breathe life into your interior space. These eco-friendly additions help clean the air in your space as well as adding the splash of color a modern or contemporary home needs.  House plants also force you to keep natural light flooding the space around them which is an obvious trick many experts use in their design spaces. To help you get started here is our guide to household plants.

House Plants for Beginners

When you are just starting to get into the household greenery life, you should find plants that are easy to take care of. This is especially helpful for homes that lack the natural sunlight that many plants need to survive. Luckily, there is an array of options to choose from, including plants that survive in harsh conditions. Here are a few choices that work well in dimly lit spaces, crowded areas, and require little maintenance. You should also research these plants more in-depth for the best results.


Fiddle Leaf Fig

A popular choice for many homeowners, the Fiddle Leaf Fig perfectly complements larger spaces with high ceilings. This plant is tall but not bushy and boasts dark green leaves that require medium light and only needs water when the soil is dry to the touch.

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Spider Plant

Another low-maintenance option for homeowners looking for a starter plant is the Spider Plant. One of the most popular choices available, this plant is small, self-propagating, and attractive. The Spider Plant needs low to bright indirect sunlight, making it an excellent choice for those living in confined spaces.


Air Plant

Air Plants, also known as Tillansia, are one of the house plants that require little maintenance. Actually, they don’t need soil and get their moisture from the air making it a great choice for bathrooms. These plants use a minimal root systems that comes in over 500 different species with a variety of stunning options to choose from. You can hang your Air Plant in stylish Air Plant holders that perfectly complement the plant’s coloring.

air plant modern greenery for a contemporary home

Iron Plant

Another minimal option for the beginner caretaker is the Iron Plant. This deep-green plant survives in low light, poor soil conditions, and requires little watering, making it one of the most durable indoor plants. You can add this plant to any space for added dimension thanks to the beautiful coloring.


ZZ Plant

The last live plant on our list is the ZZ Plant or Zamioculcas Zamiifolia. This plant can survive in harsh conditions surviving in low light. You only need to water it three times a month, and it doesn’t require a lot of light to thrive.

zz plant with contemporary pot modern greenery

Faux Plants

Faux plants are growing in popularity thanks to their nearly-real look. You can find a variety of options that look great no matter the time of year. Faux plants also come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Adding a faux plant to your interior is a great option for any homeowner.

faux greenery for a modern bedroom

For additional help finding the right house plant for your home, contact San Francisco Design. Working with our interior design team you can find the right type and amount of house plants for your space. Contact us to get started.