There is one easy, inexpensive, NASA-proven resource that you can install in your home to filter toxins out of the air, speed up healing from sickness, increase oxygen flow and improve mental clarity while reducing stress.

What is this magical household feature? The everyday houseplant.

When you’re reaching the final stages of building your custom home, you’ll need to start thinking about the finishing touches to make it both beautiful and enjoyable to live in.

 

Sunny Spots

For exterior rooms that let in a lot of sun, like a living room with picture windows or a sunroom, you’ll want a plant that thrives on bright and dry environments. It’s possible that no plant fits that bill quite as much as a cactus. The most crucial factors cacti need to grow are lots of light, occasional watering, and a good drainage system. 

With those elements in place, your own desert plant should thrive. This is a good option if you travel a lot as well, since you can often leave a fair amount of time between waterings.

Succulents are another bright idea for these kinds of spaces. They come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, from colorful to gentle greens. The most maintenance they ask for is an occasional watering, and otherwise they are self-contained.

Many succulent varieties also easily reproduce sprouts that you can replant to create a full indoor succulent garden.

 

In Bloom

Sometimes, you need a pop of color in your living areas. African Violets supply that pop with their bright blooms, ranging in color from purple to pink to white.

Thriving in moderate light environments, these easy-to-please plants have the added benefit of being one of the top-ranked picks for improving air quality in your home. 

The Christmas Cactus is another classic choice. These beautiful cacti bloom in winter, earning their name as red, white, purple or yellow blossoms adorn the greenery like ornaments. Despite what the name might have you think, this plant actually prefers dimmer light and humid air qualities. Given these factors, they can live for years.

 

The Classics

Sometimes your best plan is to opt for the tried and true. Pothos is one of those options, an unassuming plant with heart-shaped leaves. The variegated leaves will have more or less contrast depending on how much light it gets, but overall the plant isn’t picky. It’s happy in pots, hanging planters, or anywhere you have room for its vines to cascade gracefully over the planter’s rim.

Another tried-and-true houseplant, the spider plant is easy to grow and easy to reproduce. The long blades put off small sprouts that can be replanted, easily filling your house with their striped leaves.

These are just a few of many options available to make your newly built house a comfortable, healing home. If you need more ideas, our design experts are available to you!