‘The special touches of green throughout your home not only liven up your living space but benefit your health too.’
When you think of the ideal décor within your home, what comes to mind? Neutral tones? Luxurious textures that simultaneously compliment yet contrast one another? Accents of natural light filtered throughout each room? Flowers? What about plants?
Indoor plants, or houseplants as they have come to be known, are becoming increasingly popular and an essential part of interior decorating. For good reason too, these plants come in a variety of sizes and shapes to fit your taste, lifestyle and home. They not only look good, they do good too.
The special touches of green throughout your home not only liven up your living space but benefit your health too. Keep reading to find out how plants benefit your health and why you should consider adding a few to your home…
Houseplants and your health
In 1989, NASA conducted a study that reported that plants offered a solution indoor air pollution. Under their Clean Air Study, the organisation found that houseplants removed over 87% of air pollutants within 24 hours. How, you ask? They do this by removing carbon dioxide in the air and replacing it with oxygen.
Houseplants also have the ability to remove pollutants that come from dust, mould, paint fumes as well as compounds such as formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia and xylene (which come from household products). This reduces the risk of “sick building syndrome”, a phenomenon which can cause nausea, headaches and dizziness due to poor ventilation. According to NASA, to reap the full benefits, it is ideal to have one plant per square feet of your home (or one large plant per room, to make it easier).
A study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology demonstrated that having plants in office spaces and at home boosts productivity and maintains creativity.
Similarly, a 2008 Dutch study published in Preventive Medicine journal reported the ‘stress-reducing’ effects of plants. The study showed that hospital patients that had plants in their rooms had less stress than those that did not. This may be due to the perceived attractiveness of the room that had increased once plants were added.
It’s clear that plants are not only a great addition to your home but positively affect your health and wellbeing. Here are our top 5 houseplants you need to add to your home.
Top 5 Houseplants to Add to Your Home
- Golden pothos – This plant is characterised by their bright green, almond shaped leaves, which can clear formaldehyde in the air. Golden pothos are particularly suited to cooler temperatures and low levels of sunlight. As these can grow up to 10 feet high, this makes it perfect for a larger space, such as the living room.
- Aloe plant – Aloe plants belong to the succulent family, which means that they are suited to dry conditions with lots of sunlight, so would be best placed on a kitchen windowsill. As well as adding a decorative touch to any room, the aloe plant contains a natural gel that can be used for hair and skin health.
- Spider plant – The spider plant is one of the easiest plants to grow and maintain, making it the best option for beginners, and one that is extremely affordable. The plant works to remove benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and carbon monoxide. It has been said to be suited to moderate temperatures and indirect lighting within the home. Great for bedrooms.
- Snake plant – The thick, upright leaves of the snake plant compliment any décor. In terms of air-purifying properties, it removes benzene, xylene and formaldehyde. As with the spider plant, this works particularly well when placed in a bedroom.
- Peace lily – This classic houseplant is an interior favourite for many reasons. One being that it’s easy to grow and maintain. Peace lilies are extremely effective at removing trichloroethylene and benzene in the air. Not only do they remove these pollutants from the air but they also release moisture into the air. These plants thrive on minimal light and humid conditions, making it an excellent choice for the bathroom.
So there you have it, next time you’re stuck in an interior rut, why not consider upgrading your space with plants?
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