Decorating your dorm room can be difficult, so we decided to make it a little easier by suggesting you add some plants. One of the great things about plants is that they can bring a lot of life to an otherwise dull space.  Having a plant in your dorm room is a simple way to make your space homier and cozier. It can also help you feel less homesick if you're away from home for the first time.

College dorm rooms can be quite small, so it's important to know how to strategically use space. Having some plants in your room can help make your dorm room feel more alive. Not only will they add a welcoming touch to your room, but they will also help improve the air quality and make you feel more at home! There are many benefits to having plants in college dorms. They add natural beauty and bring life into an otherwise sterile environment.

It's important not to overcrowd your desk with too many plants, so if you have a small area then it's best to only place one or two larger plants instead of filling it up with smaller ones. If you have more space, then feel free to add as many as you like!

Another great thing about plants is they have been shown to reduce stress, improve mood, and make you feel less isolated. Studies have shown that living with houseplants can reduce stress levels by up to 68%.  According to a study by Exeter University in the UK, having indoor plants improved concentration, productivity, and boost’s the well-being of people by 47% at work.

Plants are one of the best ways for improving air quality indoors. They help remove chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene, and ammonia. Some plants also remove toxins from the air like carbon monoxide. They also filter out volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that cause odors and affect asthma sufferers. Adding plants to your dorm room not only improves air quality but can make you happier!

Doing work on a computer can severely affect our brain. The blue light of computers and phones is known to activate stress in our brain and body.  Studies show that the color green is calming and helps stabilize stress hormones, which lead to calming your brain down. Having plants, near your computer, can attract your eye’s attention and reduce the time you are looking at your screen.

There are many different types of plants you can grow in your dorm room. You might want to start with something simple and easy like a cactus or succulent which doesn't need a lot of care or light.  You will want to pick a plant that is low maintenance.  The things you need to consider when selecting your plant are the amount of light, space, and skill you think you have for taking care of it. 

Here are our top 5 indoor plants that you might want to consider adding to your dorm room:

Aloe Vera – This plant emits oxygen at night, which helps you get a good night's sleep. It is one of NASA’s top air-improving plants. This is the easiest plant to grow and maintain. It tolerates neglect and does not require frequent watering.  It is good for a sunny location.

Bamboo Palm – This small plant is a fantastic air purifier that keeps airborne odors and toxins away. With a Bamboo Palm, you get fresh air all day, leading to a good night’s sleep. This plant is very easy to care for and does not need direct sunlight.

Peace Lily – Peace Lilies filter out many harmful toxins. The moisture given off by the pretty white flowers boosts the humidity in the room by up to 5% and suppresses airborne microbes which can lead to allergies. The extra moisture also relieves dry noses and throats, which can keep you awake at night. The plant needs to be watered weekly and prefers indirect sunlight.  Make sure you keep it away from pets and kids as it is toxic if ingested.

Spider Plant – The spider plant is a champion air cleaner. NASA tests indicate the plat removes 90% of cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde from the air. It also absorbs odors and fumes which help keep the oxygen level high and promotes better sleeping. This plant is also easy to care for and can be hung in a hanging planter in your room.  They like a bright room with indirect light.

Snake Plant – The snake plant emits oxygen at night while simultaneously taking in carbon dioxide. You will have better air quality and a better night's sleep. The plant also filters out some not nice but common household toxins – formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene. Snake plants like bright, indirect sunlight.

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