5 reasons to get houseplants for your dorm room

Stepping into your first dorm is something you will never forget. I certainly remember what crossed my mind when I walked into my freshman dorm. Admiring the white cinderblock walls, fluorescent ceiling lights, and old linoleum floors, all I could think of was how I was going to make the space as comfortable and livable as my bedroom at home, if that’s what I wanted. was even possible.

It turns out (to my great surprise), that yes! And while posters, blankets, and garlands certainly helped, one decorating category stood out above the rest: plants.

From succulents to cacti, monstera, and more, plants are the perfect finishing touch that takes a BLA bla dormitory and turn it into a space you Actually fun to be in. Still on the fence about tapping into your green thumb? Here are 5 reasons why you should add plants to your shopping list.

1. They can improve your mood.

Yes, the collection of succulents on your windowsill could help improve your mental well-being. In reality, a study found that interaction with houseplants helps reduce physiological and psychological stress levels. And when midterms, finals, and that dreaded paper roll around, you’ll want all the stress-busting magic you can get.

2. They add color to your space.

Most dorms are finished in simple, neutral colors (remember those white cinder block walls I mentioned before?). This is your work to bring the space to life in your favorite color palette. Artwork and posters are an obvious way to make your dorm more vibrant, but plants also offer their own piece of the rainbow. Plus, there are so many options to choose from. Want something daring? Anthurium’s red flowers provide a splash of vibrant color. Looking for a slightly more subtle plant? Opt for the soft pastel coloring of a succulent Echeveria Rose.

Costa Farms Blooming Anthurium Plant, $35

Vibrant Root Echeveria Rose Succulent, $38

Plant Jungalow Calathea Ornata, $25

3. You can accessorize with fun pots and vases.

Adding a few plants isn’t the only way to spice up your space, you can also have fun with the pots and vases you put them in! With so many styles available, you have complete freedom to get creative here. And if you’re looking for a handy new hobby, you can even try making one yourself!

H&M flowerpot with bubbles in light green, $25

Peach 7 Pebble Ceramic Indoor Planter, $45

SCANDINORDICA Disco Ball Planter, $40

4. Plant care is personal care.

Believe it or not, caring for your plants can too help you take care of yourself. The process of potting, watering and caring for your plants can be meditative, giving you the perfect opportunity to disconnect and focus on the present moment. And for those of us who often forget to drink enough water every day (guilty!), watering your plants is the perfect reminder to make sure you’re getting the hydration you need, too.

5. There are a ton of beginner-friendly options.

I’ll be honest, my thumb is far from green. And as someone with virtually no gardening experience, I was a little hesitant to buy my first houseplant. The good news? You don’t have to be an expert to be a successful plant parent. There are plenty of options suitable for beginners (and dorm life) like Lucky Bamboo, Snake Plants, and Philodendron.

Costa Farms Lucky Bamboo Braid, $27

The Sill Snake Plant Laurentii in a growing pot, $38

Bloomscapes Philodendron Heartleaf, $39

The best part about indoor plants is that you don’t have to go far to find them. Just go to your local nursery or home improvement store like The reception deposit to discover their selection. If you do not know which plants to choose, ask an employee, he can help you choose an option that suits you. And don’t forget to stock up on essentials like a watering can, spray bottle, and moisture meter to be the best plant parent you can be.

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Dora W. Clawson