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3 Benefits of House Plants & How to Choose the Best Plants for You

It’s no secret: adding plants to your home is a great way to brighten up a room. They’re like ever-changing bright colored sculptures - it’s enough to bring joy to the drabbest of rooms. But they’re not just a pretty face. What is it about plants that make us drawn to them? It turns out there might be more benefits of house plants than you’d think…

1. The mental health benefits of house plants

It turns out that there’s more to house plants than just looks. They can actually have a big effect on our mental health! Humans are supposed to live among nature - there’s something instinctive about having life around us that affects even the least outdoorsy person.

House plants can: - Reduce stress - Sharpen your attention - Improve mental well-being in people with mental health disorders - Boost productivity

Beige sofa with tall house plants behind it, showing the benefits of house plants

2. House plants can improve air quality

We all know that plants change carbon dioxide into oxygen - even if some of us were half asleep in science class! So of course this is important for the whole planet, but it works on a smaller scale too. House plants can actually improve the air quality in your home! The best species for improving air quality:

  • Rubber tree

  • Bamboo palms

  • Ficus tree

  • Spider plant

  • Boston fern

3. The healing benefits of house plants

So we know that one of the benefits of house plants is improving our mental well-being.

But it turns out they can also have an effect on our physical well-being too! There have been studies showing that patients recovering from various surgeries actually recovered faster if they were around plants. So keeping house plants is actually a great medicine!

How to choose the best plants for you

There are a few things to consider when buying plants for your house:

Maintenance - If you travel frequently or are a generally busy person, low-maintenance plants would probably be the best plants for you! Here are some examples:

  • Peace lily

  • Snake plant

  • Cast iron plant

  • Pothos

  • Philodendron

  • Air plants - this plant is a particularly exciting choice since it’s actually evolved to survive without soil. It’s a great gift that can make any space more special.

Children & Pets

If you have children or pets, plants can be a potential hazard. So it’s important to make sure that you don’t buy plants with poisonous elements, and of course to be careful with species like cacti. Here are some plants that can be dangerous for children and pets:

  • Aloe vera

  • Amaryllis

  • Azalea

  • Cyclamen

  • Dieffenbachia

  • English ivy

  • Monstera deliciosa

  • Jade

  • Jonquils

  • Lilies

  • Chrysanthemums

  • Mistletoe

  • Poinsettias

  • Pothos

  • Sago palm

  • Philodendron

  • Umbrella plant

Please note that this is not a complete list - always check for safety before buying a new plant!

The best plants for your home decor style Consider what kind of plant would work best in your home. Think about colors and styles - tropical plants can be great accessories to bring warmth to a room. While flowers can add more color and depth. Work with your color scheme and think about the kind of environment you want to create!

Looking to change up your home decor? Find personal, unique decorations to make your home a sanctuary.


Products by CAKE, displayed alongside house plants

CAKE is a lifestyle brand offering unique homewares and accessories that celebrate culture and individuality.

Founder Laurine Brugman designs products that withstand trends and fads - creating timeless pieces that you’ll treasure forever.

We’re passionate about preserving traditional crafts and passing on a little bit of love with our hand-made items. All of our items are produced in limited runs to eliminate waste and ensure quality.


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