Decorating with Plants
Decorating with plants in your home can create a tranquil, relaxing, and aesthetically pleasing environment to bask in that promotes creativity and increase overall well-being. With remote work on the rise, people are spending more time than ever in their homes which has been associated with reduced efficacy of the immune systems as well as increased levels of anxiety and depression. Adding plant decor into your home can help alleviate these effects and create a happier home to live in. Here are 5 key benefits of using plants as home décor.
1. Reduce Stress
There is evidence that productivity in the workplace increases when there is a lush, green environment to work in. Even hospital patients have shown to respond well to rooms that have plants and flowers. Headache and general fatigue are also reduced when utilizing plants in your environment.
2. Improve Your Air
One of the most well-known benefits of decorating with plants is improving the air quality of your home. Since plants absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) and convert it into oxygen (O2 / the air we breathe), it’s easy to make the argument that having more plants in your home will increasingly improve air quality.
The Sansevieria, or “Snake Plant” is known to be a superb air purifier.
Studies, including those performed by NASA, have consistently shown the plant to remove toxins such as formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and nitrogen oxides—which means that industries and workspaces such as automotive plants and shops, aircraft plants, plywood, carpeting, paint makers and sellers, printing, and offices, where these chemicals abound in the products produced and used, would greatly benefit by keeping several Sansevieria around. NASA, whose study purposed to determine how to clean the air in space stations, recommends at least 15 to 18 medium-to-large size plants for a 1,800 square-foot home. (Source)
3. Reduce Background Noise
Plants and their leaves are able to absorb noise from busy roads as well as general background noise, ultimately leading to a more tranquil environment.
4. Improve Overall Well-Being
The act of owning and taking care of household plants has a profound effect on one’s own sense of well-being. In addition to the other mentioned benefits, adding a few indoor plants to your space will help you relieve tension, reduce stress, feel calm and feel happy.
5. Increase the Aesthetics of Your Home
Overall, decorating your home with plant decor is simply visually pleasing. Combining variations of plants throughout your house will have a compounding effect on the aforementioned benefits. Try decorating with succulents, ferns, palms, and many other categories!