Filling your space with houseplants is a relatively quick way to boost your mood and lift your spirit. Nobody can speak to the healing power of greenery more fluently than Summer Rayne Oakes, an environmental activist whose NYC apartment is filled with 500 plants.
"My home used to be fairly barren in my terms—eggshell-colored walls, exposed brick, minimal furniture. I noticed when I got my first plant–a fiddle-leaf fig (Ficus lyrata), it literally changed the energy in my apartment," she tells mindbodygreen. "It lightened up the space, softened the edges, and transformed my mood."
And you don't need a green thumb to welcome these benefits. Lucky for those who don't possess the time or the patience to keep a flourishing indoor garden, plant-inspired home accessories are quickly taking root everywhere (pun very much intended). They may not cleanse the air like a Philodendron or emit the woody smells of juniper, but these accent pieces possess the same undeniably bright, cheery energy.
Here are a few options that span every style and price point. Dot a few around your home and see what pops up—no watering required.
Frame your florals.
Diversify your dinnerware.
Check out these bright sunflower plates, because your meal doesn't have to be the only thing that's plant-based.
Play with throw pillows.
Harness fresh scents.
These botanist candles may be hand-poured in NYC but they'll immediately transport you to pristine gardens time zones away.
Watch your walls bloom.
Cozy up with a bold blanket.
Far from your grandma's throw, this bold floral blanket from Society 6 has just the right amount of character.
Hang a nature-infused tapestry.
Give your books an earthy companion.
While not explicitly plant-themed, these agate bookends from West Elm provide a lovely, more subtle nod to the hues and rhythms of the earth.