How Succulents Can Spruce Up Your Home

If you are anything like me, you look at the Homes and Gardens Magazine amazed by all the beautiful flowers and gardens wishing that could be your home. And if you are anything like me, you don’t know the first thing about gardening and you know it's a far-fetched dream. But that doesn’t stop you from wanting to have plants in your home. There are so many benefits from having plants in your home including increasing oxygen levels succulents have become more and more popular these days. They’re small, easy to maintain, and they’re a great source of oxygen.

One of the biggest reasons for not having live plants in my home previously is that many varieties of houseplants are huge. I personally don’t like to have to take care of a large plant because it’s a little more responsibility than I have time for, and when it starts to die it would be hard to ignore. And obviously I wouldn’t want to kill a large plant, so the smaller options are better for me. There are many indoor plant options that can give your home the look you are going for without compromising space.

 Photo by Liana Mikah

Photo by Liana Mikah

You can also put smaller plants in more areas of your home because they don’t take up much room. Instead of having a large plant hidden in the corner by your couch, you can place succulents on your bookshelves, mantles, coffee tables, or any wall shelving you have around the house. It creates a nice zen atmosphere, and is the perfect touch of green for minimalists.

 Photo by Priscilla Du Preez

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez

Another benefit of the succulent is that it’s easy to maintain. They don’t require as much sunlight as other plants, and it don’t need a lot of water either, but you should make sure when it's time to water these plants you hydrate them thoroughly. With a little plant food and water, these cactus-type plants are perfect for thriving indoors.

We know that when we breathe, our bodies take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide — that’s part of why having plants increases oxygen levels in your home — but according to Bayer Advanced, plants process of absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen during photosynthesis not only stops at night, but reverses. This means that during the day you’re breathing easier, but at night when you really need that fresh clean air, it's more polluted. But succulents are one of few types of plants that continue to take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen at night. So adding these plants in your bedrooms to refresh air during the night might be a good idea.

 Photo by Sam F

Photo by Sam F

With spring right around the corner, adding a few succulents in your home is the perfect way to decorate for the season. Not only are they great for decoration but also they actually purify the air in your home. Adding these cute little plants to your workspace on your desk, or shelving areas in your home will create the perfect balance with any décor theme you have. For added style and personality instead of putting your plant in a regular pot, put it in a gold bowl or paint and decorate your pot. So are you ready for a fresh new start in your home now? Go to your local Home Depot or Hobby Lobby, grab your paintbrush and get started today! Happy planting!

 

Rebekah Lynn is a Chicago native bringing her Windy City flair to Austin. She's a freelance writer, licensed cosmetologist, and mompreneur. When she isn't following the latest trends in fashion and beauty, she is being a devoted mother to her children and exploring new ways to decorate and organize her home. You can follow her on Instagram at @xo_rebekahlynn.