Ready to breathe some life into your new space? Don’t take on the challenge alone. A few good houseplants could literally purify the air and change the Feng Shui of your home.
Best of all, houseplants can be a very affordable way to add to your home’s carefully crafted style! From the front door to the remodeled bathroom, designers are using houseplants to make homes look both welcoming and sophisticated. But if being on trend is your goal, not all houseplants are created equal.
Here are five trendy houseplants for the homeowner on a budget.
You may recognize spider plants from every house you visited growing up. Spider plants have a very 70s vibe and the benefit of long-term design appeal. They’re also very easy to care for as long as you keep their soil moist and keep them out of direct sunlight. They love the humidity of bathrooms and the shade of the lonely corners of your home. Hang your spider plant and let it grow wild or trim it up regularly and keep it in a small pot on your coffee table.
Light: Moderate Sun | Water: Moist | Trendiness: 3 out of 5
String of Pearls
If you have a good spot in a bright room (or on your porch) without too much direct light, the string of pearls is a great design choice. This succulent is pretty easy to care for and always inspires conversation. Just make sure your pot allows for proper drainage since they don’t like being over watered. It’s also a great option for plant lovers on a budget. Its strands are easy to propagate, so one cutting could quickly produce many plants for your home.
Light: Sun to Full Sun | Water: Normal | Trendiness: 3 out of 5
Forget baseball cards or souvenir spoons. Succulents are the coolest thing for homeowners to collect. Their small size makes them a perfect fit within any of your decor, from small planters and terrariums to countertops and window sills. And if you play by their rules, succulents are also very easy to care for. Give them sun and water, but don’t overdo it or you risk burning or drowning your succulents. As you’re shopping for succulents, remember that varieties with bright green coloring are happier indoors than ones with blue or gray leaves.
Light: Sun to Full Sun | Water: Normal to Moist | Trendiness: 4 out of 5
Fiddle Leaf Fig
You’ve seen this plant in photos on all your favorite design sites. However, it’s notoriously difficult to take care of. And while one plant won’t break the bank, it’s not cheap either. Fiddle leaf figs require lots of bright light and are easily damaged by cold drafts. They also get dusty, so it’s important to wipe down their leaves periodically so they continue to receive maximum sunlight. If you love the look of fiddle leaf figs, make sure you have the time and the right environment for it. If not, you may consider buying the very easy to care for faux variety.
Light: Full Sun | Water: Low | Trendiness: 4 out of 5
Tropical dreams are made of these. The leaves of this plant are popping up everywhere right now, from fabric prints to wallpapers. For true tropical vibes, bring the plant itself into your home. Depending on the size of the plant when you purchase it, you may spend as little as $15 or as much as several hundred. However, with proper care, a monstera could live happily in your home for decades, making it a great investment. But beware: the monstera is true to its name. If not regularly, pruned, it can grow up to 30 feet tall!
Light: Sun to Full Sun | Water: Normal to Moist | Trendiness: 5 out of 5