Why We Love Indoor Plants (and You Should Too!)
When it comes to warming up my living space, I definitely go through phases. Sometimes I’m really into my essential oils, sometimes it’s strategically placed pieces of art or mementoes, and then there’s always candles. But as you can tell, houseplants are ‘it’ at the moment!
I may be late to the houseplant party but I’m finally here, giving it a go despite my history of killing plants. I’ve certainly never had a green thumb, but I really want to shake that attitude/self-label of ‘I kill all plants that come near me’ and just start learning.
The dream? Turning my apartment into a jungle paradise, of course! If you want to know what I mean, check out this dining room featured on Design Sponge – just gorgeous!
Not Just For Looks
I’ve found that adding just a few plants goes a long way to enliven a room, particularly a small apartment space that otherwise sees little greenery.
But besides looking pretty, bringing a little nature indoors is also known to:
- Purify the air – my favourite benefit! Houseplants not only convert carbon dioxide to oxygen, they neutralise harmful volatile compounds such as formaldehyde, benzene and xylene (found in many building materials, glues and paints). This makes houseplants a great idea for new or renovated spaces that are still off-gassing harmful chemicals. I wish I’d considered this earlier when my husband and I first moved into our apartment, with its distinctive ‘new home’ chemical smell!
- Improve mood – we all know the mood enhancing effects of going out in nature for a walk or taking a swim in the sea. Bringing the outdoors in with a few plants can really help create the same vibe indoors to help ease feelings of stress and tension in the home.It’s no surprise that these stress-busting effects seem to also help us heal. Studies have found that patients in hospital rooms with plants report less stress, and actually recover faster and use fewer painkillers compared to patients in rooms without any plants (1).
- Improve concentration – there is some interesting data that suggests the humble houseplant can also significantly improve concentration and productivity. In fact, studies have shown that keeping house plants on your desk and around your office can increase productivity, critical thinking, and creativity as much as 47% (2). Not a bad return on investment, I’d say!
The Latest Addition
Having fully justified another plant purchase with the above, let me introduce you to my latest household plant addition. It’s a little more ambitious than my succulents to date…but I’ve been assured that orchids are easy to look after, and actually thrive on neglect. I’m interested to see how this goes!
Since we are in a newly built apartment, I was also happy to learn that orchids cleanse the air of xylene, which common in house paints. And here I just thought it was pretty!
Do you have plants in your house? Please let me know your recommendations!