Must-have indoor plants to add this season

When it comes to decorating your home, few items deliver as many benefits as adding some indoor plants.

Some of the must-have indoor plants will also have a positive effect on your health, especially if they enhance air quality. Aesthetically, they can give any room a natural feel. We’ve prepared a collection of must-have indoor plants and why they are a worthy addition so let’s get started!

What are the benefits?

Aside from their decorative benefits, indoor plants can reduce carbon dioxide in your house. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, adding indoor plants to your house reduces the carbon dioxide peaks that occur when it’s busy. This is especially important if you live in an urban area or use gas cooking devices.

If your property benefits from expansive windows but you want natural shading, larger plants can prove effective. For those who crave privacy, a large plant may seem preferable to adding and adjusting blinds.

In terms of wellbeing, there’s a growing body of evidence showing that indoor plants deliver a plethora of benefits. NASA’s clean air study found that certain species can detoxify your household, leading to a reduction in fatigue and less illness. A team at Texas Agriculture & Medicine University found that they boost concentration and happiness levels.

Which indoor plants should you use in your home?

  • Barberton Daisy: A vibrant flower that cleanses toxins such as Formaldehyde.
  • Oxalis Triangularis: Features vibrant purple leaves that open in response to light and purifies the air.
  • Bonsai tree: Aesthetically pleasing and boosts feelings of emotional wellness.
  • Peace lily: Has a naturally calm ambience due to its colour and came at the top of NASA’s air purification list.
  • Spider plant: Easy to maintain if you’re new to keeping indoor plants and excellent for removing carbon monoxide.
  • Chinese Evergreen: Chinese Evergreen cleanses formaldehyde and benzene, both of which feature in detergents and cosmetics.

What to be aware of when choosing plants

Take a realistic approach to your first indoor plant if you’re new to plant care. Try picking those that don’t require much attention, such as the Chinese Evergreen. If you own a pet, remain mindful of the fact that some are toxic to certain animals. For example, cats and lilies don’t mix. Finally, think about the plant’s prospective location and the lighting it provides. While some love light throughout the day, others quickly wither when faced with too much.

Ultimately, the must-have indoor plant you choose should complement your house and your lifestyle. When you find one with cleansing benefits, it’ll enhance your health too.

What would you ask the person building your dream home?

Your dream home is easy to imagine but getting those ideas in your head to translate into reality can be difficult.

That’s where architectural services comes in handy.

Krystal is Achieves in-house Project Designer and with more than 10 years of industry experience she knows a thing or two about making your dream home become a reality. She answered some questions we had for her about custom builds.

What are three things every person should consider when engaging an architect to custom build their home?

  1. Their needs and wants
  2. Their lifestyle
  3. The adaptability of the home as the family grows and changes over time

Why do you think custom builders are so popular?

Achieve Homes offer the complete package in a timely and efficient manner. We have the knowledge and resources to exceed the expectations of clients and we can delivery on budget with no hidden cost.

Who chooses to do a custom build?

Anyone can, I think there is a lot of people that believe it is unaffordable which is not the case. If you know what you want then why not try and achieve that.

What are the steps involved in a custom build?

Come to us with a brief of what you need and want in a house, ideas of how you would like it to look, block details if you have one – we can also do custom builds on a knockdown rebuild in existing suburbs!

What experience have you had in the industry prior to joining Achieve?

I have had the pleasure to establish a design department within Achieve Homes building company this year. Prior to this new venture I have been in the industry for 10 years working with engineers and well-known local and international architectural firms where I have obtained a great deal of knowledge and experience in the field working on many design winning projects which have taken out HIA (ACT/Southern NSW) custom built home of the year 2016 & MBA 2016 House of the year.

What’s the best part about being an architect?

The satisfaction of helping our clients to achieve their dream home that suits their needs and life style.

What standard features do your homes include? What options and upgrades can I select?

All our project homes come included with two living areas, walk in pantries, walk in robe for the master and for large 4 bedrooms homes an alfresco area for dining outside and an instantaneous gas hot water unit is included into the price. The optional upgrades include façade and material upgrades and optional alfresco areas on the 3 and 4 bedroom homes.

If you’re interested in a custom home or knock down rebuild get in contact with Achieve Homes today.