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Aside from simple aesthetic concerns, it turns out having house plants is actually very good for you in a number of ways.

Sure, they brighten up your room and add a touch of natural color to any space, no matter what your decoration sense is otherwise, but tons of studies have been shown that they actually can help with both physical and mental health.

 

Researchers at Kansas State University, for example, noticed that patients recovering from surgery experienced a lot less fatigue and anxiety when they had a potted plant of some kind in their room while they recovered, not to mention the benefits they provide to air quality and humidity control in any room.

But even if you decide to cheer yourself up with a nice house plant and clean the air in your house, there’s always the pesky question of where you’re going to put them. There’s a few options for this, and it really all depends on the sort of plant you want.

 

Are you more into bigger ‘centerpiece’ plants like a ficus or a philodendron? These plants tend to work best in corners of rooms or anywhere close enough to a window to get sunlight; trying to keep them in smaller rooms usually leads to things looking too ‘cluttered’ due to their size. Get some good sized end tables set up near the biggest available window to allow them to get some sun and fresh air and watch them grow.

 

Smaller plants like yucca or palms can be kept a number of places. If they’re small enough, you can put one on either end of your coffee tables for a nice accent piece, or a larger one in the center to replace your old coffee table books. These plants also work really well on wall mounted shelves to help with better access to light, as well as giving your walls a good pop of color that you just can’t get from things like movie posters.

 

You can also easily arrange plants to accent each other. That large ficus we talked about earlier could be easily flanked by a few small pots with succulents or a peace lily to add a more ‘greenhouse’ look to the room. Arrange taller plants in the back of your shorter ones to give the room a bigger illusion of depth and add more shape than you had before.

 

Above all else, remember to decorate around the things you already have in your room. Don’t stress about moving chairs or desks unless they’re really in the way of the good window—instead, try to use house plants to bolster the things you already have in there. Make a still life on your windowsill, jazz up those end tables or glass shelves a little more, and remember not to stress. If it doesn’t look good in the living room, there’s always the kitchen!

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