Whether customer homes or interior designed showhomes, we have seen a noticeable rise in house plants as an interior décor trend. Not only do they make a home look welcoming and inviting but they also offer added benefits you may find surprising…
1. CLEANER AIR
Research by NASA has found that plants play a vital role in improving air quality indoors.
Put (very) simply, a plants leaves and roots remove trace levels of toxic vapours from the air, by pulling the contaminants into the soil, the soil then converts it into food for the plant (it is important to note some plants are naturally better at removing indoor pollutants than others).
The top ten plants for removing indoor pollutants are:
Peace Lily, Golden Pothos, English Ivy, Chrysanthemum, Gerbera Daily, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, Bamboo Palm, Azalea, Red-Edge Dracaena and Spider Plants.
2. EASIER BREATHING
When we breathe, we bring oxygen into our body and release carbon dioxide as we exhale.
Plants do the opposite, absorbing our expelled carbon dioxide and releasing fresh oxygen for us to inhale (photosynthesis).
While most plants don’t photosynthesise at night, the orchid is an example of one that does which could be why it is such a popular bedroom plant – encouraging a fresh night’s sleep.
3. NATURAL HUMIDITY AND ILLNESS PREVENTION
Plants release almost 97% of the water they take in through moisture vapour. As such, placing several plants together can increase the humidity of a room, helping keep respiratory issues at bay.
Several academic studies have also found that using plants in interior spaces, can lower the chances of the flu virus spreading throughout the home as well decreasing the chances of colds, sore throats, dry coughs and dry skin.
4. IMPROVE HEALTH
According to researchers at Kansas State University, adding plants to hospital rooms was shown to speed up recovery rates of surgical patients.
When compared with patients in rooms without plants, patients in rooms with plants had requested less pain medication, had lower heart rates and blood pressure, reported less fatigue and anxiety and were released from the hospital sooner.
Furthermore, a study done by the Agricultural University of Norway also showed that sickness rates fell by more than 60 percent in offices with plants and a study commissioned for The Dutch Product Board for Horticulture, also discovered that adding plants to office settings decreases fatigue, colds, headaches, coughs, sore throats and flu-like symptoms.
5. INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY
Research from The Royal College of Agriculture in England, found students demonstrated 70% greater attentiveness when taught in classrooms containing plants.
It’s not just real plants or flowers that work however – another Norwegian study found that having fake or ornamental flowers and plants in the workspace can improve concentration, memory and productivity of up to 20% noting “Work performed under the natural influence of ornamental plants is normally of higher quality and completed with a much higher accuracy rate than work done in environments devoid of nature.”
With all these added benefits… is it time to include some indoor plants in your space?