Most human beings are generally drawn towards green spaces – it’s in our nature to do so – and plants are the perfect way to bring greenery indoors. Especially if you live in a busy city where there is a distinct lack of it.
Research has shown that 42 per cent of us said that being around plants improved their mental health. This figure was even higher in high density cities, where more than half (56 per cent) admitted plants make them happier. But why and how does this connection occur and what exactly is it about plants that speak to us?
Having greenery around you at work can provide stimulation to the senses, which can even help mental cognition. An added bonus of indoor plants is that they help to reduce pollution, which may be why we feel that little bit better when we are around them or working in a workplace that has them.
Houseplants are good for your health — and not just for their visual beauty. Why? They essentially do the opposite of what we do when we breathe: release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. This not only freshens up the air, but also eliminates harmful toxins. Extensive research by NASA has revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87 per cent of air toxin in 24 hours. Studies have also proven that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity, reduce stress levels and boost your mood — making them perfect for not just your home but your work space, too.
At work, place plants, especially those with broad leaves, on your desk; they will help regulate humidity and increase levels of positivity. Seeing greenery and nature help us feel more relaxed and calm, which in turn benefits your every day mood. Indoor plants serve a practical and aesthetic purpose, and will enhance your life.
How to Create your Personal Plant Sanctuary
To create your perfect green haven, it’s worthwhile spending a little bit of time researching the plants are best suited for each room and what kind of environment. Here are a few pointers:
1. Choose the right plants for the an optimal night's sleep. Although plants release oxygen during the day, it is worth remembering that, at night, when photosynthesis stops, most plants switch things up and release carbon dioxide. However plants such as orchids, succulents, snake plants and bromeliads do the opposite and emit oxygen, making them perfect plants for the bedroom (and getting better sleep).
2. Beware of too much sun. Most indoor plants don’t like direct midday sun, so please be wary of this when placing plants in your home. There are very obvious warning signs to look out for, such as leaf burn, spotting or sudden leaf-fall. Most plants can be easily rescued, so don’t panic! Often it is a case of not watering enough or watering them too much!
3. Plants are an inexpensive way to jazz up even the most boring rooms. Plants are an easy and gorgeous way to style up your living space. Adorn your windowsills with succulents, drape vibrant macramé hangers from curtain rails or try something big and bold like the gorgeous fiddle leaf fig. You can also have fun with the pots, and display your plants in beautiful ceramic and copper containers or woven baskets.
4.Some plants like it hot. Knowing what plants are best for what room is crucial when it comes to plant styling: the bathroom is perfect for air plants and kokedama (Japanese hanging moss ball), as the excess moisture from your daily shower helps those particular plants flourish. If you’re lucky enough to have a sunroom or a super hot room, then fill it with ferns, palms, succulents and cacti as they will love the heat.
5. Plants add colour without competing with other colours. Plants complement any colour scheme you may have in your space so its a safe option to add depth and character to any space.