There are many reasons that people are instinctively drawn to nature. One of the most common is that the outdoors provides us with a deep sense of peace and calm (as well as brief escape from the craziness of everyday life). Simply being in the company of trees and nature gets us back to our roots as human beings.

The good news is that you don’t have to go into nature to enjoy it’s many benefits, you can simply bring nature to you. One of the best ways to do this for apartment renters is by adding house plants.

The benefits of having house plants in your apartment include an increased sense of “life” and comfort in your home, reduced carbon dioxide and pollutants, reduced background noise, and improved air quality. House plant owners also report having reduced stress levels, increased energy and productivity levels, and a greater sense of overall happiness and well-being.

If you’re interested in enjoying the benefits of increased foliage as well, here are some specific house plant suggestions that can brighten up your apartment without increasing your workload.

1. Anthurium

If you’re looking for a house plant to help reduce your stress level, this is the one for you. It might have something to do with the red, pink, or white leaves that it tends to blossom and brighten up your day. As our work and personal lives become increasingly intertwined and demanding, this flowering plant can be the perfect living room or home office stress reducer.

2. ZZ Plant

A favorite of social media “plant posters”, this plant only grows to around 2-3 feet in height and requires minimal care beyond basic water and sunlight so it won’t add to your already heavy workload. Its large and waxy leaves reflect light which can quickly brighten any room. And in case you were wondering, yes, it’s called the “ZZ” because its scientific name is literally unpronounceable.

3. Peace Lily

When it comes to making the air in your apartment fresher, look no further than the Peace Lily. In addition to being very easy to grow and even easier to maintain, these beautiful plants are experts at filtering the air wherever you place them. It’s also known to reduce the level of mold spores in your home by absorbing the spores and then using them for food.

4. Croton

If you’re looking to add a little spice and color to your apartment, look no further than the Croton. With leaves that can be red, orange, yellow, or purple, this little piece of corner inspiration can be a great way to jump start your creative muscles if you happen to be working on a project at home. It is also very effective at removing common pollutants from the air around it.

5. Dieffenbachia

Don’t worry if you can’t pronounce the name. All you need to know about this house plant is that it’s specialty is releasing moisture into the air as a part of its natural breathing process. During those long winter months this plant is a real lifesaver due to its ability to counteract the dry air produced by indoor heaters with its moisture-making ability.    

We hope that these few house plant suggestions will brighten up your apartment and lower your stress levels as a result. As you can see, no matter what benefit you’re looking for in your choice of indoor foliage, there is a house plant ready to satisfy it.

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