18 Low Maintenance Indoor Plants & Trees for Your Home

Are you looking for functional home decorations? Search no further. The best home decoration that can provide you with great benefits could be the plants or trees that are just waiting to find a space inside your home.

Indoor plants not only brighten up and beautify spaces, research already proved the significant role of plants in reducing stress levels, clearing air toxins, enhancing concentration, boosting mood, and lowering the risk for illnesses. With well-placed indoor plants, you can create an aesthetically pleasing interior design, plus a host of benefits!

Want to know what plants can be used for your home? Read on to know your options from the list of low maintenance indoor plants and trees that we have collated for you.

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe grows easily in a pot and can thrive on your desk or bedside table with only minimal care. It is popular for its many uses including providing a soothing gel for cuts and burns.

Proper Care: Keep the plant where it can get indirect light. It only requires occasional watering for about every week or two and can live for a long time without water.

2. Grape Ivy

Grape ivy is a vine with tendrils that readily cling to a surface or trellis. Its shiny, deep green leaves resemble those of grapes, only much smaller.

Proper Care: Allow the soil of grape ivy to dry slightly between waterings. It’s best to set up a framework for the plant to climb on before it becomes too large.

3. Hoya

Other Names: Porcelain Flower, Wax Plant

Hoya or wax plant has waxy foliage and beautiful flowers that are often powerfully fragrant. It is a versatile interior accent that can be climbing or trailing to 4 feet or more.

Proper Care: Hoya requires low watering and can thrive under medium to bright light. Allow the surface to dry between waterings.

4. Bromeliad

Bromeliad

Bromeliad easily adapts to regular home conditions and lasts a long time. It is a beautiful foliage plant that adds an exotic touch to your home with its strappy leaves that come in a variety of colors.

Proper Care: Bromeliad prefers shallow pots with non-soil organic items such as orchid mix (usually a blend of bark and sphagnum moss). It requires bright light and occasional watering.

5. Inch Plant

Other Name: Wandering Jew

Inch plant is a flowering houseplant that is also called wandering Jew or purple heart. It has stunning trailing vines with zebra patterned foliage and can grow in a pot or hanging basket.

Proper Care: Inch plant can grow in dim light, however, the beautiful markings on the foliage will fade. Keep it watered but allow the top surface of its soil to dry out between waterings.

6. Jade Plant

Other Names: Friendship Tree, Lucky Tree, Money Tree, Dollar Plant

Jade is a low-maintenance succulent houseplant that has thick, oval leaves with thick stalks and often produces small pink or white flowers.

Proper Care: Jade plant prefers bright light and ordinary room temperatures. It doesn’t require a lot of water so it only needs soil that is somewhat dry.

7. Calathea

Calathea

Other Names: Peacock Plant, Zebra Plant, Rattlesnake Plant

Calathea often called as peacock plant is prized for its attractively mottled leaves. Its foliage that comes in a variety of purple, green pink or red, makes a handsome addition in your home.

Proper Care: For the best foliage, keep calathea moist but not drenched and avoid bright lighting. It can be grown outdoors in warm, frost-free climates.

8. Kalanchoe

Other Names: Flaming Katy, Christmas kalanchoe, Florist kalanchoe, Madagascar Widow’s-thrill

Kalanchoe is a tropical succulent water-retaining plant that grows colorful, bell-shaped flowers. It requires very little care that it even welcomes dry climates and temperature swings.

Proper Care: Water Kalanchoe only when the top inch of the soil is already dry or about once a week.

9. Norfolk Island Pine

Other Name: A. Excelsa

Norfolk Island Pine makes a great houseplant that usually grows to 10 feet indoors. Its soft texture creates a cozy feeling to any room and makes a great Christmas tree for decorating during the holidays.

Proper Care: This pine loves ample light and humidity. In low light, its lower branches may turn brown and fall off. On the other hand, if the air is too dry, it can be infested with spider mites.

10. Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia

Other Name: Dumbcane

Dieffenbachia provides a tropical-looking accent to home décor with its leaves that can grow up to a foot long. It grows well in shade, which makes it ideal for a house that doesn’t get direct sunlight.

Proper Care: Keep its soil evenly moist and well drained. It thrives in normal room temperature with medium or low lighting conditions.

11. Peace Lily

Other Name: Spath

Peace lily looks elegant with its graceful curving white blooms and dark leaves. Its ability to grow easily and filter toxins from the air makes it a valuable indoor plant.

Proper Care: Peace lily favors low humidity, low light, and moist soil. It can thrive even in rooms with few windows like the bathroom.

12. Rubber Plant

Other names: Rubber Bush, Rubber Tree

Rubber plant gives a major pop of greenery in a room, with its dark leaves having an attractive shine to them. It can measure over 100 feet tall, but regular pruning can keep it as a shrub.

Proper Care: Rubber plant thrives in medium to bright lighting condition. Allow the surface of its soil to dry out before watering.

13. English Ivy

English Ivy

Other Names: Ivy, European Ivy

English ivy is an evergreen perennial that makes a wonderful trailing plant, climbing plant and indoor topiary. Aside from its elegant long trails, it is also known for removing mold spores from your indoor air.

Proper Care: Like most ivies, English ivy likes moist, fertilized soil and cool room temperature conditions.

Note: Keeping an ivy may be dangerous as all its part are poisonous if eaten or chewed by pets or children.

14. Snake Plant

Other names: Viper’s Bowstring Hemp, Snake Plant, Mother-in-law’s Tongue, Saint George’s Sword

Snake plant also goes by the name mother-in-law’s tongue with leaves that are typically tall, stiff and vertical. It is extremely drought-resistant that it can go for a month without water.

Proper Care: Snake plant grows well in any lighting conditions. It requires little air and watering that it’s better to allow the soil to dry before watering again.

15. Umbrella Tree

Other name: Octopus Tree

Umbrella tree is a tropical tree with long oval-shaped leaves that grow on a delicate stem. It becomes a low-maintenance tree when grown indoors that’s why it is a common sight in both homes and offices.

Proper Care: Keep umbrella tree on a bright spot of your space where it receives indirect sun. Avoid excessive watering.

16. Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig

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Fiddle leaf fig is a classy looking indoor tree with a large leathery foliage and height that creates a statement in a space. It can grow too tall but you can always prune its stems back to the desired height.

Proper Care: Keep the fig tree in bright, indirect light. It only needs water when the top inch of soil is already dry.

17. Weeping Fig

Other name: Benjamin Fig or Ficus Tree

Weeping fig is a popular indoor tree that produces quantities of shiny green leaves on delicate drooping branches. It is often sold in stores braided to form one spectacular trunk and can grow up to 15 feet tall indoors.

Proper Care: Weeping fig, prefers bright indirect light. It has the tendency to drop leaves when moved to a different location but will recover through time.

18. ZZ Plant

Other Name: Eternity Plant

ZZ plant earned the name ‘eternity plant’ because it is nearly indestructible. It has green, shiny foliage with thick fleshy leafstalks that are so durable it can survive drought, low light, and even low humidity.

Proper Care: ZZ plant thrives in almost any lighting condition and doesn’t require much watering that you can allow the soil to dry between waterings.

Warning: This plant is poisonous if eaten or chewed by children or pets.

 

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How to Set up Modular Furniture

In this video, Erica Lugbill, owner Lugbill Designs, a Chicago-based high-end residential remodeling and interior design firm, discusses how you can set up a modular furniture.

Erica said, “When you go to a furniture store to pick out your sectional, it’s helpful to have an actual floor plan or dimension of the space” so you can be sure that the piece you’re choosing fits perfectly within your space.

And when deciding on the actual placement of the furniture it’s good to keep the sectional as open as possible. Some modular furniture comes with sectional connectors. But if you don’t have you can find them at your local hardware store or online.

To use it, just screw the connector onto the bottom of the furniture. Its mechanism is such a way that you can push one section in and it will keep the pieces in place. And when you remove them, just lift one section and then you can move them around again.

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White on White: The Chicago Interior Design Trend to Dominate this Year

First came the greenery, the 2017 Pantone color of the year that is a shade of zesty yellow-green. Then came the eccentricity that encompassed the use of different patterns and textures to create a cohesive interior design. All these and more reigned in the past year–and you’d surely want to know what’s in store for 2018.

This year 2018 appears to be completely different with the foreseen reemergence of white-on-white scheme in the Chicago interior design industry. Here’s what to expect from the interior design trend to dominate this year.

White on White is In

As people move toward minimalism, an all-white scheme seems to be an obvious choice. It has always been in the limelight in the past years, only that many have put more emphasis on its limitations: it can appear a little too sterile and dull.

But, Chicago interior designers have given a new perception on a white-on-white scheme by reintroducing the then-flat color in various shades, patterns, and textures. Today, the color is now associated with a clean, simple aesthetic that lends a calming effect for those who dwell in them.

Possibly the most advantageous benefit of an all-white scheme is that it gives the illusion of space while providing an excellent contrasting backdrop for bold accents. You can easily incorporate furniture pieces, French linen beddings, and artworks too without worrying that it might compromise its minimal effect.

 

If you’re looking to jump in on this white on white trend, contact an interior designer in Chicago today!

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How to Arrange Living Room Furniture With a Bay Window

In this video, Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs, a Chicago-based residential remodeling and interior designs firm, covers several options in arranging your furniture in the living room bay window.

In the living room arrangement shown in this video, Erica just placed a chaise slightly diagonal to the bay window and added a small side table to make the set up a little more comfortable.

Another option is to have two individual chairs both angled facing in, then a small side table in between the chairs to place your book, cup or glass. Last option and Erica’s favorite is to place a bar cart on the center that’s movable for entertaining and again two small chairs angled in.

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How to Hang & Display Artwork

In this video, Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs, a high-end residential remodeling and interior design firm in Chicago, covers how to hang and display an artwork.

When deciding where to hang an artwork, you want to center it both vertically and horizontally in the space. For light artwork, you can hang it on the wall by a nail mounted on the wall. Use carpenter’s level on the top edge to make sure it’s perfect in the space. Then, adjust the piece until you find the perfect level.

You know you frame up the artwork well on the space when the spaces on top and bottom, and both sides are equal. Another simple way to hang your artwork is by using saw-toothed hangers. Just tap them with the hanger onto the back of the painting or the frame.

And last is with the use of c-rings. Mount two of them on your ceiling and two at the back of an artwork. Then, use rope or twine to suspend the piece. For industrial loft-type spaces, use thin wire.

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How to Keep Rugs From Slipping on Wood Floors : Design Tips

In this Video, Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs, an upscale home remodeling and design firm in Chicago, gives you several different options to keep your rugs from slipping on wood floors.

To relieve you from worrying about constantly pulling your pesky rugs back to its place, here are some tips from Erica:

Use thick felt rug pad with rubber backing under your rugs. It’s thick and plush which adds height and cushion to the rug so it’s softer when you step on it.

Another option is to use a double sided carpet tape. Once you put it directly on the floor, just peel off the top, put down  your rug and problem’s solved. However, take care when using the tape. It’s only advisable for wood floor that has a strong finish or laminate flooring.

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Dos & Don’ts of Painting Tray Ceilings

In this video, Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs–an upscale residential remodeling and interior design firm in Chicago–discussed the dos and don’ts of painting a tray ceiling.

Tray ceilings come in all shapes and sizes and are oriented at different angles. So there’s no tried and true rule in painting a tray ceiling. For Erica, she always paints the top surface of the tray ceiling and depending on the angle. “If the tray is angled up, then I paint the angle portion also, then I leave the flat ceiling white,” says Erica.

If there’s a crown molding, always paint it trim white or stick to the color of the trim you have in the room e.g wood stain or a specific color. In the video, Erica also showed that she included a “90-degree portion that’s painted the wall color to emphasize the crown molding.”

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How Do I Choose an Accent Wall Color for Interior Painting?

In this video, Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs–a high-end residential remodeling and interior design firm in Chicago–covers some tips on how you can pick a color for your accent wall.

Before anything else, the first thing to evaluate is the size of your room. Erica said that if your space is small you may not want to choose an accent wall. In this case, an accent wall will break the flow of your limited space and can make the whole room feel smaller.

Likewise, if your space is large enough, look at the main color of your walls. The undertones will guide you through selecting the perfect accent color. For instance, if the walls have grey undertones, look at your color deck and choose colors with the same undertones. And if your wall colors have a more brown undertone, then go to warmer colors.

Erica advises: “the trick is to not have too crazy or wild of a color.” You want to choose a color that can work with the main wall color of your space.

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9 Shelving Ideas to Free Up Your Space

How do you turn a blank wall into a useful one? Simple–install a shelf system. This wall piece, or a furniture as you may call it, can be as beautiful as it is functional. There are a lot of shelves that could fit any kind of interior design. And there are many ways than one to install and stack them together. In this listicle, we give you nine ingenious shelf designs that will fit your style and needs.

 

  1. Adjustable Shelves

Adjustable Shelves

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This shelf idea from Apartment Therapy transforms your usual adjustable shelf into a pegboard-like one. In this shelf system, you can always add storage or free up space anytime you want using only plywoods and dowels.

 

  1. Floating Shelves

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are a popular choice for a seamless storage system. What’s great about this shelving style is that it goes well with any design theme. You can work with wood planks, hardwood, log slices and whatnot.

 

  1. Modern Rustic

Modern Rustic

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Steel water pipe when paired with choice wood makes a modern rustic shelf. Aside from being a sturdy material, one good thing about water pipe is that it is built for twists and turns which definitely will suit whatever style you want. You only need joints to do this.

 

  1. Corner Shelves

Corner Shelves

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With customized shelves, you can turn your dead space corners into functional ones. This trick is useful just for every part of your home: for the walk-in closet, bathroom storage, for bedroom decor and others.

 

  1. Basket or Crate Shelves

Basket or Crate Shelves

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Aside from your usual wood planks, you can use a woven basket or wine crate for a shelf. Just place its base up against your wall. And voila! You get a rustic shelf design.

 

  1. Floating Book

Floating Book

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Stack up your favorite books afloat in your invisible floating bookshelf. One way to spruce up your floating shelves is to use your big hardbound books instead of your usual wood planks. This works best for your bookshelf. This DIY will guide you through building your own invisible bookshelf.

 

  1. Ladder Shelf

Ladder Shelf

Instead of throwing away your old wooden ladder, why not turn it into a great rustic looking shelf system. Be it a straight ladder or an A-frame ladder, you can turn them into shelves without the need for much carpentry skills. Just follow these DIY tutorials for Straight Ladder Shelf and A-frame Ladder shelf.

 

  1. Nautical Rope Supported Shelves

Nautical Rope Supported Shelves

For a nautical-themed shelf, use thick ropes to support and frame your wood plank shelf. This DIY is so easy, everybody can do this without taking much of your strength. And it works best to hold your decors, books and bathroom items.

 

  1. Window Shelf

Window Shelf

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This shelf system is designed to provide storage space just when you need it. This window type shelf designed by Malte Grieb lets you close the shelves when not in use. An ingenious design indeed, this shelf is perfect for every part of your home and for any items you want to use them for.

 

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How to Lower the Brightness of a Color Painting?

In this video, Erica Lugbill, owner of Lugbill Designs, a high-end home remodeling and interior designs firm in Chicago, shares some professional advice on how to lower the brightness of a color painting to ensure that it blends well with your home’s interior design.

 

1. Use a Steel Wool or Sandpaper

You can use a steel wool or a sandpaper to achieve a nice aged effect. Just rub the painting at different spots to tone down the color and create that aged look.

 

2. Use a Sponge

One alternative to the previous technique is to use a sponge. Wet the sponge and soak up some of the paint on the canvas while the paint is still wet. This is an option that can be used to replace steel wool or sandpaper, depending on the finish of the painting that you want to achieve and whichever works best with your interior design.

 

3. Dilute a Brown Paint

Another option that you can try is to take a brown paint and dilute it with water. Brush the solution over the painting to dull down the painting and give it a more diluted look.

 

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