Why It Is Important to Add Indoor Plants to Your Home
When we talk about decorating our homes, we can easily think of many ways to do it. It could be adding frames photos or some decors to the side table or to the walls. We can just pick some stuff we love from the market and add them in the house. But there is one thing that we miss when decorating- adding plants. Yes, many people have disregarded the importance of plants in your home.
Sometimes, we hesitate to do it because plants would need proper care and we might be unsure of what type of plants to add in our home. But we really don’t need to worry about that. Well, you can research the kind of plants that would thrive indoors. You can also look into what other homes are placing inside their homes. Did you know that aside from the aesthetics, there are other more significant reasons to add plants in your home? We will look into that today.
1. Easier breathing.
I know we all learned in Science that we breathe oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. When the plants undergo photosynthesis, they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Hence, plants and people are the best partners. This means that there is an increase of oxygen levels in your home when there are plants inside. During night time, plants would release carbon dioxide and absorb oxygen that is why some would place plants outside in the evening. But there are plants that still release oxygen during the night like orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads. Place these plants in the bedroom and you will feel refreshed while sleeping.
2. Clean and purified air.
With the modern climate-controlled and air-tight spaces we have these days, it is easier to trap volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which may be harmful to our health. Adding plants to the home will help lessen these harmful gases. NASA says that houseplants can remove 87% of toxins from the air. These include gases like formaldehyde from in cigarette smoke, rugs, grocery bags, and vinyl, benzene and trichloroethylene that are found in man-made fibers, solvent, sinks, and paint. Plants will absorb these gases and pull these contaminants into the soil.
3. Reduce stress.
Most of us will find it easier to overcome stress when we are around a natural environment. You can achieve this by adding plants in your home. House plants make us feel comfortable and will even influence us to feel positive. Imagine a room without a plant and with a plant, you can surely compare the difference of the atmosphere and the way you feel about the space.
4. Better health condition.
Studies show that plants can calm your heart rate and lower blood pressure. It can also reduce muscle tension that is related to stress. It could also decrease headaches, fatigue, sore throats, colds, coughs, and flu-like symptoms. It sure has a great impact to improving our health! Now, I am thinking of adding plants in my room!
5. Increases humidity.
Plants release moisture vapor as part of the process of photosynthesis as well as its respiratory process. Because of this, it increases humidity of the air. Plants would release around 97 percent of the water they take in. If you want to increase humidity of a room, you can add more plants and put them together.
6. Sharpens focus and creativity.
Studies show that when plants are placed in an indoor space, may be it a home office, class room or in workplaces, there is an observed increase in productivity as a result of being able to focus on work. People also tend to be more creative because of having greens in the home.
7. Reduces noise.
One less known benefit of plants is that it reduces noise pollution. This happens basically because its stems, leaves, branches, wood, and other parts absorb sound. A good example that plants reduce noise is the use of hedges in the yard for homes where vehicles pass. This concept can actually be used for the interior too.
8. Sets higher mood levels.
A home with more plants tend to be happier with less stress and fatigue. Well, we can tell from the benefits stated above that with an environment with plants, people would really be happy and cheerful because they would feel better in terms of health and the aura is different with plants around.
9. Soften the look.
When we talk of interior spaces, adding plants create a contrast to hard surfaces. That is why interior designers would place plants near brick walls or sharp corners. Making the area appear softer will result into a more comfortable feeling and well-being in the spaces.
10. Improved aesthetics.
Well, we would all agree with this because we can clearly see how plants can upgrade the appeal of our home interior. Be creative in choosing plants too. Get small ones and big ones. Also see to it that you use the right sizes of the plants for particular spaces like adding a tall plant on a corner and a small one as a centerpiece. Think proper scaling!
If this post didn’t convince you, I do not know what will. Plants are indeed important not just for the outdoor area but even for the interior. It is something that we all need to make us feel even more refreshed. Plants can also create a more relaxing and serene aura wherever you plan in putting them. With the photos above, I am pretty sure you are pleased to see how plants can also alleviate the appeal of a space. So, are you going to bring some plants inside now?