Amidst the burgeoning popularity of minimalism, 21st-century clean, sleek designs of alabaster marble and monochrome, we can often feel as if something is missing when decorating one’s home. Houseplants are the ideal addition to complement and complete any theme within your room – be they modern, classic or traditional.

Not only do they add a pop of colour to any environment, they are easy to maintain and can bring a sense of calm into the home. As such, we bring to you some of the best and most popular houseplants that will suit a variety of living spaces and furnishing styles.


Of course, cacti are of the most popular houseplants for a reason. They come in a range of sizes, so large cactus plants tend to be used to fill in awkward empty spaces while smaller cactus plants are often employed for ornamental purposes.


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cactus on windowledge

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plants in bedroom

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Cacti match minimalist-style rooms particularly well, but can suit a range of other tastes too. They can complement rustic styles by bringing out the more earthy tones of brown and maroon with its dark green leaves that add colour while blending in with the overall rustic colour scheme.

cacti outdoor

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In addition, cacti are famously low-maintenance as houseplants since you will only need to water them once a week.



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Succulents are like the younger cousin of cacti, serving similar functions but cuter and more varied. They are colourful yet versatile plants that will suit almost any home environment! This succulent wreath for example, adds a beautiful touch to a mahogany door and can brighten up any gardening shed area by standing out against the greenery.

succulent wreath

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If you have young children around the house whom you fear might hurt themselves from touching your cactus plants, succulents are a safer and equally fun alternative. They too only require watering once a week and are great for those living a busy lifestyle.

Snake plant

snake plant

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Snake plants are making a comeback as one of the most popular houseplants for contemporary interior design. With long spear-shaped leaves that taper off at the end, they grow upwards in a rather controlled, orderly direction which is part of its charm. Homeowners love it for the atmosphere of peace it induces with its straight, slightly wavy leaves that can create an enhanced sense of naturalness in your room.

snake plant

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Snake plants’ dualistic nature make it especially suited to most modern homes, since it is often introduced as a sole element of organic beauty within a clean-cut, otherwise clinical-looking room, or as an element of order amidst a more chaotic environment as in the photo above. Care for these plants is minimal, you simply have to let the soil dry completely between watering it every one or two weeks.

Asparagus fern

asparagus fern

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The asparagus fern in contrast to the snake plant, looks like a wild creature of its own, growing outwards in a messier fashion. This however, is part of its appeal since its thin, almost stringy leaves and stem allow it to appear as a smattering of bright green that can be applied to most rooms as a splash of creative energy.

asparagus fern

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They look amazing against white backgrounds, in glass and in clean, uncluttered environments, making them the perfect candidate for a houseplant to place in bathrooms or balconies. These ferns are hardy but do require bright but indirect sunlight so placing them near windows is a good idea if you plan to keep them indoors. Aside from that, they only need to be watered once or twice a week.

English ivy

english ivy

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The English ivy has a unique look which has served its popularity as an ornamental houseplant. It is neither orderly nor chaotic, instead encompassing flow and a more natural vibe because of its weak stem, causing its leaves to climb in a particular direction in a wavy, semi-controlled manner. Furthermore, the special shape of its leaves can make it appear like a stylish and fun plant while fulfilling its decorative purpose as an elegant plant.

english ivy hanging

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english ivy hanging along wall

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They are great for hanging along wooden panels, against empty walls and surfaces, or even next to other plants. English ivy plants are surprisingly low-maintenance, only needing to be sprayed softly with water once or twice a week and placed in an area with bright light.

African violet

African violets

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African violets are a stunning addition to any home as one of the more easily-maintained indoor flowering plants. With their flush purple or pink petals, they are a potent source of colour and exude vivaciousness. They easily stand out from other plants and can introduce a kind of centredness when placed in the middle of living rooms or on empty surfaces by acting as the primary focus of attention with its brightness.

African violets

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Its popularity largely stems from its ease in propagation compared to most flowering plants. It requires a fair amount of white light and careful watering using lukewarm or tepid water which has been allowed to stand for 48 hours, being cautious as to not splash the foliage with water.



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lavender pots

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Lavender has a reputation for being a classic, graceful plant for decorating rooms. It is frequently used to add artistic flair to any surface thanks to its muted purplish-gray colour which looks beautiful against monochrome colour schemes. Other variants have a brighter violet colour, which then complement grey, dark or wooden backgrounds effortlessly.

Lavender needs to be watered deeply yet infrequently, and requires occasional trimming of its foliage. That being said, it is of the easiest and most elegant plants you can use to decorate your home.