Craving some instant serenity in your home? Mixing and matching greenery in your space immediately transforms it into a restful sanctuary.
Adding plants to your home elevates each room dramatically. From purifying the air to boosting your mood, greenery improves your quality of life. Whether you’re scoping out large stand alone potted plants or tiny buds to dot your mantle, there’s one type of plant you must consider – succulents. They are a major asset to any home; these multifaceted plants work in any room in your abode.
When placed around your home, these succulents offer an abundance of benefits. As air purifiers, these plants do not expel carbon dioxide at night, and continue to add oxygen. Additionally, with the extra oxygen, succulents release water which increases humidity in the air. With cleaner air, you can live in a pleasing, greenery-filled environment that can help improve your mood, outlook, and focus. In short, succulents can help lower stress factors and negative thoughts.
Essentially, succulents are hidden gems turning your home into a bright, airy, and colorful treasure trove. And this green life doesn’t take up a lot of space. Succulents are more than chill vibes, as they maximize any space without taking up too much space.
While succulents are low on occupying real estate, they do require some maintenance and care. To properly care for succulents, you’ll need a regular weekly watering routine. Succulents do best in bright spaces away from direct light, with 4-6 hours of bright light per day.
You’ll find an assortment of succulent and succulent-like plants available and it can be overwhelming to discern which greenery goes best in which space; the location is essential if it is to reap its maximum benefits. To help you make the wisest choice, we divided the best succulents by their corresponding rooms so each plant will be perfectly placed.
Check out our room-by-room guide below for the top succulents for a laid-back home.
Living Room: Succulents That Don’t Need a Ton of Light
Jade Plant, Panda Plant, Snake Plant
When we think of succulents, we think of geometric leaves, bright, opaque, and lush green tones. The Jade Plant is a classic succulent with rounded edge leaves that thrives under full sun. The lustrous plant is often thought of a symbol of good luck, and it’s best to add the plant to a home in pairs for symmetry and lushness.
Another wildly popular option is the Panda Plant, a soothing and fuzzy pale minty succulent. The texture and feel of a Panda Plant’s leaves feel ultra-soft, like velvet. Plant size ranges from small to medium, as it can grow up to one and half feet in diameter. This succulent is a perfect match in ceramic pots and stands, but it really sings in a hanging planter for added warmth and texture.
Beginners, take note: the Snake Plant is a friendly entry way into the world of plants and gardening. Snake Plants aren’t fussy and don’t require loads of attention to maintain their long, lustrous green leaves. This green gem can dry significantly between waterings and thrives in low light conditions, making this a solid choice for homeowners where bright light can be spotty.
Bedroom: Succulents That Thrive in Sunlight
Cactus, Burro’s Tail, or Strawberry Ice
At first glance, cacti seem like prickly little plants that do not add much to a room, but they can actually revitalize a space. These budget-friendly plants with their round-but-pointy shapes can fit perfectly in a windowsill, nightstand, or side table. They’re also lush and decorative options for small bedrooms and studio apartments. Cacti can also compliment other larger, leafier greenery like Snake Plants and Ivy. Elevate your space by stacking plants in a corner or on a tabletop in a bedroom for a feeling that’s more luxurious than a five-star hotel.
Cactus lovers will also enjoy the star-studded benefits of Feng Shui. In Feng Shui, cacti can redirect positive energy and maintain a gentle flow to a room. A relaxed, positive space is just what every homeowner needs in a bedroom.
For more texture and length, consider Burro’s Tail. This long, trailing plant works best on a tabletop or in a hanging planter near bright light. The bright, vivid green hue adds wonderful pops of color, adding to a laid-back atmosphere.
If you have ample amounts of green in the bedroom, Strawberry Ice is a playful pink-toned succulent must-have. This beautiful round, bud-shaped succulent looks almost rose-like and adds a sleek but feminine touch to a space.
Bathroom: Succulents That Can Handle Moisture
Air Plants, Cactus, or Aloe Vera
Air Plants are a perfect finishing touch for any bathroom. Amazingly, these small plants do not require soil – and are very easy to maintain. Air Plants are also ideal for homeowners who are novices with all things green. They don’t require much attention or regular maintenance, making these plants good options for folks whose thumbs contain no green DNA.
And the cactus can adapt to scorching or very dry temperatures, so it can endure humidity and hot showers in an enclosed space. A bright and green Christmas Cactus adds texture and style to the bathroom, in a window sill or standing in a potted plant on a decorative side table.
Want larger and bigger green plants in the bedroom for a spa-like experience? Look to Aloe Vera, for its long stalks. The plant can sit on a countertop, or you can size up for a more robust Aloe Vera and put it in a large standing pot for more ambiance. Plus, Aloe Vera also has medicinal properties for soothing skin and burns. Note: this plant absorbs water easily, and therefore needs to be watered deeply once per week once the top layer of soil is dry.
Kitchen: Low Maintenance Succulents That Will Life Your Mood
Prickly Pear Cactus, Ponytail Palm, or Echeveria
Prickly Pear Cactus works well in a west or south facing kitchen, and the plant is ultra-low maintenance in terms of a watering schedule. The Prickly Pear needs biweekly watering, or every three weeks at best. This plant thrives in blistering heat and high temperatures, so it can withstand heat from your oven.
Don’t have enough space for an indoor tree plant? The Ponytail Palm with its palm-shaped leaves and wide trunk is a lovely tree-like addition to a kitchen or dining area. This plant thrives in semi-dry conditions and bright light, so the soil can dry out considerably before watering.
For a smaller, decorative plant, Echeveria with its petal-shaped buds and jade color is quite remarkable. The succulent is a stark and poignant design contrast against stone countertops, breakfast bars, and other flat surfaces.
Stephanie Valente is a Content Director and Editor in Brooklyn, NY. She’s previously held writing and social media positions at Barkbox, Men’s Journal, and currently works at a full-service advertising agency. She’s a self-confessed home and design enthusiast. Stephanie is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. When she’s offline, you can find her taking a yoga class, running, hanging out with her rescue dog Pepper. Find her on stephanievalente.com.