11 Colorful Plants to Brighten Your Home Office
Plants add life and color wherever they grow. Consider adding some colorful home office plants to your workspace and brightening it up.
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Plants to the Rescue
Indoor plants can be a simple and relatively inexpensive way to bring a boost of life and joy into your home. Studies have shown that people seem to concentrate better when they’re around plants, and plants provide a calming effect. From this, we can conclude it’s a great idea to have plants in your workspace!
In addition, colors have psychological effects. While green is calming, look for workspace plants with energetic, happy orange, joyful, creative pink or cheerful yellow leaves to spice things up a bit. Who couldn’t use a little change of scenery? Here are our favorite home office plants, and where you can find them.
Purple Passion Plant
The purple passion plant has been admired as a houseplant for hundreds of years. It’s intriguing! Although the leaves of this plant are technically green, they are covered in fine velvet-like hairs that give the leaves a bright purple sheen. You have to see one to believe it. By the way, these are the best places to buy plants and seeds online.
Polka Dot Plant
It’s obvious how these cheery Polka Dot plants got their name. Liberally spotted with pink, red or white against dark green leaves, Polka Dot plants love a sunny window and regular watering. Here’s how to make a DIY planter from kitchen castoffs.
They may look delicate, but colorful Phalaenopsis orchids are actually tough to kill and don’t require much care. Some simply require three ice cubes per week to stay alive. This purple-y pink orchid makes for a fantastic housewarming or “just because” gift. Check out these tips for caring for house plants.
Typically, yellow leaves are a sign that the plant is struggling. However, a bold, healthy Croton plant shows off bright yellow, red, orange and sometimes black leaves—no sickness involved. Croton grows outdoors in warm, humid climates and is an excellent houseplant everywhere. Don’t be surprised if some or all of the leaves drop off a croton plant shortly after you bring it home. They don’t like to be moved! Be patient with new growth and you’ll have a thriving, colorful houseplant. Take a look at 20 houseplants to spruce up every room.
Ruby Rubber Tree
The pink version of the classic rubber tree (a.k.a. ficus elastica) features striking deep pink variegated leaves and grows well in medium, indirect light. Maintain the glossy leaves by misting your plant and wiping each leaf with a cloth when the leaves look dusty. This plant gets bonus points because it is regarded as an air-purifying plant.
With variegated foliage in shades of cream and pink with burgundy underneath, it’s hard to pass up this unique tropical plant! Native to Brazil, these vibrant plants can grow two to three feet tall at maturity in bright, indirect light. Learn about more invincible houseplants.
Cryptanthus or Earth Star
This sweet bromeliad, also known as an Earth Star, grows wild on the rain forest floor. These plants are easy to grow, available in a variety of color combinations and are not toxic to pets. Oh, and white flowers bloom in the center. Love it!
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Fittonia or Nerve Plant
Also known as Nerve Plant, this little drama queen isn’t one of the easiest plants to care for, but certainly makes up for it with stunning good looks. Originally from Peru, Fittonia plants have vivid veins that run through the leaves, typically in hues of red, pink or white. While these can be temperamental plants, keeping them in low light with high humidity should keep them healthy. Consider these super cool succulents for houseplants.
Sometimes called Spiderwort (or Wandering Jew), Tradescantia is an excellent houseplant that wants room to grow. The patterns and colors will vary based on the variety, but keep an eye out for white and green striped leaves with purple undersides, as well as purple and pink striped leaves. Tradescantia doesn’t love overly-bright light and prefers to dry out between waterings. Here are our top tips for arranging plants indoors.
Aglaonema or Chinese Evergreen
Also known as Chinese Evergreen, this is a great plant for beginners because they are super-low maintenance. The color depends on the variety, so look out for “Red Aglaonema” (shown here), “Anyanmanee” and “Pink Dalmatian” for a splash of color in your workspace. Next, check out eight clever tips for setting up a productive home office.