Your home is your castle. It’s important to make it as comfortable, inviting, and functional as possible. Believe it or not, plants can help optimize all of these things. Flowers and planters do a lot more than just add a touch of life and greenery to your indoor spaces. Here are a few of our favorite reasons to include plans in your interior design.
Plants purify the air
Plants can be miracle workers when it comes to the effect they have on the air, as they can actually remove toxins from it. Our homes, without even realising, include many hidden nasty substances, which hide in man-made fibers, home furnishings and even grocery bags. These substances over time can begin to affect our health.
Plants help you to breathe easily
As humans when we breathe, our bodies take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. As we know from science class, during photosynthesis plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This actually increases the oxygen levels in that space, which is a great benefit to humans, meaning you can breathe easy!
Plants raise morale and improve health
There is no stopping these leafy friends, as studies have also proven that by adding plants to a space, they can actually speed up the recovery from illnesses and can ease fatigue, stress and anxiety. Now that’s a big incentive to include plants in your home.
Plants can help reduce noise
We all want to create peaceful and relaxing homes that give us space to regenerate and rest, so creating a quiet environment is really important. Adding plants to an area can help muffle noise, creating a more peaceful atmosphere. This technique is especially useful if you live in an apartment or in a townhouse in a busy area.
They help to increase productivity
Employees’ productivity jumps 15% when previously ‘lean’ work environments are filled with just a handful of houseplants, according to 2014 research by the University of Exeter. Adding just one plant per square metre improved memory retention and helped employees score higher on other basic tests, said researcher Dr Chris Knight.
The biggest benefit from having plants around your home is the visual effect that they can create. Plants come in all shapes and sizes, textures and tones, so with a little thought you can style dreamy décor using a varied type of plants. Flowers of course will add colour to the space, but by just choosing simple green plants, it will make your scheme look more polished and finished. When choosing where to place your plants, be mindful of whether they will need a lot of natural light.
Indoor spaces can become dry, particularly during winter months with dry heat flowing into rooms or during summer droughts. Dry air can dehydrate and damage our skin and hair. Plants release moisture as part of the photosynthesis process. In fact, they release the majority of all the water they take in, making them an ideal, natural way to increase the humidity in your home.