With many people working from home more often, converting the spare room into an office is a given for large numbers of households across the country. Creating a space where you can get on with your work is more than just putting in a desk and chair, however.
If you want to boost your productivity and personalise your home office, introducing a few houseplants is a great option. Ideally, you want something easy to maintain but which also adds value to your space.
The good news is that putting in a few houseplants will not only boost productivity but can help you destress and can, in some circumstances, freshen the air around you. Here are just a few options you can get from your local plant sotre or online plant shop:
Devil’s Ivy - Hailing from south-east Asia, this is a popular plant for the home and very easy to take care of. There is a range of different varieties that have some amazing benefits apart from looking fantastic on the desktop. One of these is the way it helps purify the air. It’s almost like having a filter in your home office.
If you’re looking for something that’s pretty low maintenance, then this is a perfect choice. All you need to do is keep the soil moderately damp.
Aloe Vera - Another healthy and attractive plant is aloe vera. It needs very little watering throughout the year and is great for oxygenating the surrounding air (one reason why it’s a great plant to also have in the bedroom).
There are some other benefits for skincare. Cut off a strand and open it up and you have a soothing and refreshing facial skin tonic.
Kentia Palms - If you’re looking for something slightly more exotic, the kentia palm is another good choice for the home office. Again, these come in a few different varieties and it’s the ideal plant for the floor, next to your office desk.
These palms can grow quite fast under the right circumstances, and they can cope quite well with low light conditions.
The Swiss Cheese Plant - The Swiss cheese plant is another choice that can help purify the air in your office and is a great option if you don’t have much experience with plants.
It can grow a little unruly over time and does need cutting back at regular intervals if you don’t want it to get out of control. If your office is exposed to direct sunlight, it’s one plant that can cope with the brightness and heat and only requires watering every other week.
Peace Lily - Another popular choice, the peace lily is noted for its beautiful cream fluted blooms and it’s another plant that is ideally suited for the office. It needs watering every week but a little goes a long way and you need to be careful not to overdo it as this can damage the roots.
Just a few plants in your home office make a big difference and the choices above are easy to maintain. They not only look attractive but help keep the air in your office fresh and healthy, boosting your productivity when you sit down to work.