7 Chic Indoor Plants to Spruce Up Your Home

nordic plants

Somehow over the last few years I feel as though I crossed over the threshold of adulthood, and as a welcome gift I was handed a houseplant. And I was excited about it. Because part of being an adult turns out: growing some little green buddies. I’ve put together a list of what are, in my opinion, the hottest house plants on the design scene now, and their various selling points.
aloe plant

Aloe Plant via Design Sponge

  • Aloe Plant – Remember in the 80’s when your Mom and Grandmother always had a nice aloe plant in the kitchen window on the ready to heal a burn? Nostalgia reigns. These plants are super trendy right now for so many reasons. The medicinal qualities alone are convincing enough to keep one of these beauties on hand at all times. Add in their lovely dusty green/gray color and their ability to purify the air and we have a winning choice for your first houseplant.
Care: Allow soil to dry out completely between watering. When watering, soak but allow water to fully drain.
Sun: Lots! South or West facing windows are best
Common Mistakes: Over watering



rubber tree in dining room

Rubber Tree via Quill Decor  –

  • Rubber Tree Plant – This plant gets its name from the sap that can come out of the woody stems and leaves when broken open. They are so easy to maintain so they are perfect for beginning your green thumb. Keep an eye on these though because they can grow up to 6 feet tall indoors.

Care: The Rubber Tree Plant needs to be kept moist. Remember to keep the leaves damp and dust free by wiping them down with a wet cloth or giving it a nice spritz with a spray bottle.
Sun: Indirect light is best so try placing it near a window with sheer curtains or near a skylight.
Common Mistakes:  Beware of over watering! When leaves turn a brown/yellow color and fall off, you may think it’s a sign of your plant being too dry but it’s actually the opposite.



snake plant

Snake Plant via My Domain – photo: Brittany Makes

  • Snake Plant – Fun fact about snake plants, they are a great way to cleanse the air of formaldehyde which is commonly found in household cleaners and other personal care products. They also release oxygen at night which is unusual for most plants. Throw one in your bathroom and bedroom and you may be doing more for your space than just improving it’s looks.
Care:  This houseplant is perfect for the perpetual plant serial killer. You can go weeks without watering.
Sun: Indirect sunlight is best. This is the most low maintenance plant.
Common Mistake: Not necessarily a mistake but more of an educational moment is to figure out which type of snake plant is best for you.
There are several different species (around 70) and can vary in height, leaf shape and color.




Succulents via Happy Interior Blog

  • Succulents– These plants have been hot on the design scene for a while now. They come in a large variety of shapes and beautiful colors, and also do great in any ultra trendy terrarium.  Check out this awesome blog for all the info you need and more about succulents: Succulents and Sunshine.

Care: Each type of succulent plant is different and may vary in its watering needs. Most of the time succulents need to be soaked, not sprayed, and then completely dried out before watering again.
Sun: 6 hours is best. East facing windows are ideal as they won’t scorch your plants but still provide plenty of light.
Common Mistake: The right type of soil is important to a happy healthy succulent plant. Well draining soil is the best so that the plants can fully dry out between watering.


Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig via Brittany Makes

  • Fiddle Leaf Fig – These can be a bit overwhelming in size and care so do your homework. For instance, they are not fans of winter weather so it is best to purchase your fig in the summer months. Any time spent in particularly cold weather could mean the end for your beloved fiddle leaf. These would fall under the intermediate gardener category, but hey who doesn’t love a challenge?
Care: Keep these beauties watered every time the soil is dry. Make sure to water until it drains into the plate and then let it dry out all over again.
Sun: Sun is a Fiddle Leaf Fig’s best friend! Put it next to a sunny window and rotate every few months.
Common Mistake: Make sure to keep the houseplant away from air conditioning and drafty windows. Cool air can cause drying out and wilting.



split leaf philodendron

Split Leaf Philodendron via Urban Outfitters Blog

  • Split Leaf Philodendron – Bring some tropical flare to your space with a split leaf philodendron. Just like the fiddle leaf fig, these can get very big. They don’t like a compact area for the roots to grow so keep replanting into bigger pots once the roots are balled up and too close for comfort.
Care: Every 10 days is a good rule of thumb when it comes to watering. Fill the pot to the top and let it drain through the soil. Do this a few more times to make sure the soil is thoroughly moist.
Sun: Make sure to keep this houseplant about 3 feet from a south facing window with indirect light so it doesn’t get scorched
Common Mistake: These babies are poisonous! Keep out of reach of children and pets who may nibble on the leaves.


zz plant

ZZ Plant via Room For Tuesday

  • ZZ Plant – Another great choice for beginners, this plant is oh so easy to care for. If you are the complete opposite of a green thumb but don’t want to miss out on the fun of the houseplant trend, then this is the one for you!
Care: The best part about this plant is you can forget it’s there! Just like it’s buddy the cactus, this plant actually does well with little to no water for months.
Sun: North, east or west facing areas are best. This plant can handle most anything but prefers to be out of harsh sunlight from south sun.
Common Mistakes: ZZ plants don’t always take kindly to fluoride that could be in tap water. Spring for some distilled bottled water if your plant starts looking sick.