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Ready to shake off the winter blues and brighten up your space? Nothing freshens up an interior like something that’s well, actually fresh. Adding a little greenery to a room adds color, charm and life. And guess what? You don’t need a single green thumb to pull it off. Bring in a few of these easy-to-care-for gems and see your space—and your mood—transform.
If living things typically die in your care, air plants are the perfect gateway plant. Their maintenance includes a weekly rinse and that’s about it. They require no soil, either, so there’s no messy potting and repotting required. With that kind of versatility, air plants are a dream to display. Stick them in wire frames to create a living work of art, use them to create simple terrariums, or pop them into a mix of cute geometric holders.
With an unusually upright presence, the snake plant (also interestingly known as “mother-in-law’s tongue”) makes a statement. Its size may make it seem daunting for beginners, but the snake plant does well in just about any light and can go for up to a month without water. We love it in a clean, midcentury planter, but use your imagination. Snake plants look great from floor to bedside tables in whatever style of planter strikes your fancy.
The cactus had a moment in 2017, appearing on runways and textiles galore. But don’t fear the trend—putting this real-life plant in your home never goes out of style. Cacti bring a quirky, joyful vibe to any space and adapt well to life indoors. They come in all kinds of varieties and sizes, too. Go big with a saguaro cactus in the corner of your living room, or cluster smaller ones in mismatched mini pots to style a dresser or entryway table.
Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees
Feeling bold? The fiddle leaf fig tree can add a whole lot of green to your space, growing more than eight feet tall. We love the sculptural statement it makes in a room, which makes it the perfect companion to an equally statement-making pot. As for care, it’s so easy: fiddle leaf figs need watering once a week and plenty of indirect sunlight (placement near a window will do).
String of Pearls
Meet nature’s version of a beaded necklace. The string of pearls is an eye-catching choice for your interior, with its cascading leaves that grow into little marble-like balls. Experts recommend hanging baskets for display, and we’re happy to oblige. A colorful macramé or leather plant hanger would be our choice du jour. Maintenance wise, you’re looking at a plant that needs a lot of light, but minimal watering.
Behold, the indestructible vine. Some say the pothos is the most unkillable plant to grow indoors. It doesn’t need much light—in fact, it loves a windowless room. A pothos vine can grow…and grow…and grow, making it ideal perched atop a partial wall, bookshelf or even a loft floor. And there’s a bonus to bringing one of these beauties into your space: it’s one of the best plants for purifying the air.