Plants are beautiful, multi tasking, vital components for any home. Here’s 6 reasons why you should fill your home with them.
To us, a house without plants isn’t complete – not only do they add life, plants are an elixir of life. They add freshness, colour, texture, they literally breathe life into any environment and have been regular household items since Greek and Roman times – the Victorians loved their potted palms and the 70s wouldn’t have been the same without ferns and spider plants.
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Even if you’re haven’t got green fingers (succulents and cacti are great for that), you really should make sure you bring some plants inside. Why? Because the health benefits they offer should make them a necessity rather than just a decorative item.
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1. Plants help assist breathing.
Plants absorb carbon dioxide, use the carbon for their own growth and release oxygen in the process, which is great for us humans.
2. Plants are proven to deter illness.
According to Bayer Advanced, studies at the Agricultural University of Norway document that using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs.
3. They help clean the air.
Regardless of how well ventilated your home is, furnishings, upholstery, synthetic building materials and cleaning products can emit a variety of toxic compounds which aren’t great to breathe in. Plants naturally help clean the air by absorbing some of these particles, so filling your home with them will help neutralise the effect of the items we own.
Most plants will help, but the top plants renowned for removing indoor pollutants are: Peace lily, bamboo palm, English ivy, chrysanthemum, gerbera daisy, mother-in-law’s tongue, weeping fig, aloe vera, red-edge dracaena and spider plant.
4. They’re known to boost healing.
In studies, hospital patients with plants in their rooms have displayed more positive moods and had lower blood pressure and stress levels. They also had lower ratings of pain, anxiety and fatigue compared to patients without plants in their rooms, so worth considering if you’re feeling a little low on energy and enthusiasm.
5. Plants help you be more productive.
Having plants in home or office environments can make you smarter and work better. They evoke a calming effect, similar to being out in natural surrounds away from the madness of the modern world, and being around them has been proven to help improve concentration, memory and productivity. So if you want to get those creative juices flowing, put plants close to where you’ll be working.
6. They look great!
Last but not least, plants look great and are a pretty cheap decorative item to buy. Whether you go big …
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Or opt for something smaller and more subtle, they add texture, colour and detail, brightening up any abode and make you feel good just by looking at them.
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So no more excuses, go buy some plants…. not only will they do you a world of good, they’ll complement your design look and bring your home alive.
These are just a few lovely ways to incorporate plants and breathe a bit of life into your home, for more inspiration check out our Plants board on our Pinterest page.
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