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Best Indoor Plants That Purify the Air + Make Great Decor

As luxury real estate brokers in Chicago, we know how integral design and decor are in setting your home apart from the competition. Outside of being brokers, we are also health nuts who seek eco-friendly design solutions to incorporate into our homes. Studies show that Americans spend 90% of their lives indoors, which means that good indoor air quality is vital for good health. Our solution to merging design and healthy lifestyle? Plants! Not only do plants purify the air we breathe by naturally eliminating toxins, they also bring the outdoors in to breathe life into your home.

Read on for our favorite powerhouse plants who happen to look amazing:

1. Mums


Chrysanthemums, or “mums,” are the rockstars of air purification- removing formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the air. They are easy to care for and are happy, beautiful additions to your home. The cleansing power is in the flowers so make sure you utilize your 6-week window of blooming!

2. Bamboo plants


Bamboo plants are a great choice for those of you with curious pets and little ones. They release a healthy dose of moisture into the air (a welcome treat in these dry winter months) and none of their leaves are poisonous! Bamboo plants are natural “air regulators,” providing a higher amount of oxygen, in comparison to other types of plants. If you want to breathe air that is rich in oxygen, find room for a bamboo plant in your home.

3. Ficus


The ficus is a great choice for bold design. This indoor plant grows to about six feet tall, is fast-growing and long-lasting, and has gorgeous intertwining trunks. Ficus trees, considered rubber trees, have been shown to absorb and break down harmful chemicals in the air. Their large, glossy leaves also take in the carbon dioxide we exhale and convert it to oxygen. For extra home decor points, opt for a luxurious vase to accommodate your new tree.

4. Succulents


Succulents are the most low-maintenance option to cleanse the air and add chic decoration to your home. According to NASA research, succulents are capable of removing 87% of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) found in everyday items like rugs, grocery bags, paint and so much more. Interestingly, succulents do not release carbon dioxide at night (like most plants) but instead continue to produce oxygen, purifying the air in your home 24/7. We love these powerful little beauties but be careful with the variety you choose as some succulents can have poisonous leaves to your pets or children.

5. Citrus trees


Growing citrus plants indoors can be tricky, but with the right amount of TLC, it can be the perfect addition to purifying the air while making your home feel extra luxe. Citrus trees will need ample light and water but can survive in many different climates. The flowers bloom year-round and the fruit will consistently release a natural citrus aroma into your home. Do we smell fruity or citrus signature scent in your future?

Need a Chicago plant store recommendation? Sharon prefers buying plants at Green Inc and Jayson Home, while Marissa likes to frequent Neybir and Gethsemane Garden Center.

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