Table top picks: 8 Plants for Your Office Life x The Sill

Spring is in the air!

Theory of Place is a huge proponent of smothering your office life with vegetation. So naturally, we caught up with The Sill to find out more about their spring Table Top Picks. If you’re like me and have allergies so motivated your nose can run a marathon, The Sill even suggests some plants to filter indoor air pollutants. Keep reading for tips and styling tricks for this spring's most popular office plants! 

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So, without further adieu, I am delighted to introduce this week’s Table Top Pick feature! 

words from The Sill:

Studies have shown that plants in the office can boost employee morale, productivity, concentration, and creativity; reduce employee stress, fatigue, sickness, and absence; improve indoor air quality, absorb toxins, produce oxygen and humidity; improve office aesthetic, soften sterile interiors, and reduce noise…now that's a mouth full! So not only do plants enhance the overall appearance of a space, but they enhance the employees themselves, and, consequently, the vibe of the workplace. 

To make a significant difference in indoor air quality, you'll need to really fill your space with greenery (about 1 plant per 100 square feet of space) - but to make a significant difference in mood, a single desk plant can do the trick! 

When outfitting an office space, we try to focus on three things: 

  1. Plants and corresponding planters that reflect the company's aesthetic 
  2. Plants that require minimal care and are conducive to an office's environment 
  3. Plants with added benefits, like indoor-air filtration

A dead plant isn't uplifting in the slightest - so our most important tip is to pick a plant that thrives in the light your workspace receives: 




1. Succulents

You can find succulents in a variety of sizes, some as small as an inch in diameter, making them the perfect plant for a cramped space! 

Care: Bright, semi-direct light; water 1x every 2 weeks   

Style: An assorted set of six, in brightly colored pots, makes a statement in a small space 

Bonus: Pet-friendly varieties 


2. Spider Plant 

A great choice for a hanging planter with long, arching stems sprouting both spider-like baby plantlets and tiny white flowers. 

Care: Bright to moderate, indirect light; water 1x weekly 

Bonus: Filters pollutants from indoor air; pet-friendly 



Perfect for the frequent traveler, a drought-resistant cactus can thrive from weeks of neglect as long as it's in a sunny spot. 

Care: Bright, direct light; water 1x every 2-3 weeks 

Style: A cluster of cacti in a variety of quirky shapes makes a statement 


4.Fiddle Leaf Fig 

This broad-leafed beauty is a showstopper for any space, and can thrive if situated in a spot that receives bright, indirect light. 

Care: Bright, indirect light; water 1x weekly 

Style: A six-footer in a sunny spot can trick you into thinking you're on vacation 

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5. Pothos 

This fast-growing, trailing plant can tolerate the lack of light that most workspaces provide. We've nicknamed it the cubicle plant. 

Care: Bright to low, indirect light; water 1x weekly 

Style: We'd situate this on top of a bookshelf for a pop of greenery, and let it gradually trail down 

Bonus: Filters indoor air pollutants; easy to propagate 


6. Philodendron 

Similar to the Pothos, this fast-growing, trailing plant can tolerate low light. Its cute heart shape comes in a variety of variegations, which is an added perk. 

Care: Bright to low, indirect light, water 1x weekly 

Style: Another addition to a shelving unit, or atop a desk 

Bonus: Filters indoor air pollutants 


7. ZZ Plant 

A structural beauty, this plant only looks difficult to care for. You can find it in a variety of sizes, making it a low-maintenance go-to for both tabletop and floor planters. 

Care: Bright to low, indirect light; water 1x every 2 weeks 

Style: Place it on top of a low desk or filing cabinet to add some height to the space 


8. Snake Plant 

Almost impossible to kill, the snake plant can tolerate low light and weeks of neglect. It comes in a variety of sizes and variegations, making it a great floor plant for an office lacking a lot of light. 

Care: Bright to low, indirect light; water 1x every 2 weeks 

Style: A sleek planter with a tall snake in the corner can liven up any dreary office space 

Bonus: Filters pollutants from indoor air; produces oxygen 


* * * Watering suggestions are subject to environment. Get to know your plant first before putting it on a watering schedule. Remember - overwatering is the easiest way to kill a plant! Unless your pick calls for high humidity, wait for soil to dry out completely in-between watering. 






The Life Observed

Emma Harris