Decorating your home with plants can have several positive benefits, not only for your design sense, but your mental, physical, and emotional health as well.
Whether it's a few ferns, a plethora of potted palms, or even several succulents, placing a few indoor plants into your home can have a beneficial effect on you and your space.
Here are six benefits of practicing a little interior landscaping in your home.
Purify the Air
You know the whole "plants take in CO2 and give off oxygen" thing we learned in school? Well, they do more than that. NASA studies have shown that plants can remove over 80% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from your home every 24 hours. These are chemical compounds found in a lot of household items, like carpet, paint, toys, household chemicals, and so on. Further research shows that houses with plants have 60% less airborne bacteria and mold.
Plants also reduce stress
There's also a link between plants and stress reduction, including one study which showed that indoor plants can help reduce psychological and physiological stress. Plants also have a positive effect on your brain's electrical activity, muscle tension, and heart activity.
Not only that, indoor plants also help elevate your mood
According to a Live Science article, a study of 450 office workers in Texas and the Midwest, 82% of participants who worked with plants and windows around said they felt "content" or "very happy," as compared to the 58% of people who felt the same working in plant-free, windowless offices.
Indoor plants can help reduce humidity and regulate your home's temperature
They release moisture through their leaves, which means you can add some moisture to your home if you live in a place that has a cold, dry winter like the Upper Midwest or Northeast.
Plants act as dehumidifier in the summer
But these same plants can also act as a dehumidifier in the summer. So Boston ferns, palm plants (especially bamboo palms and areca palms), spider plants, and peace lilies can also be used during humid summers to reduce indoor humidity.
House plants can also boost your immune system
For one thing, just by getting more oxygen, reduced VOCs and bacteria, reducing stress, and getting better sleep (another benefit; put a potted lavender or snake plant in your bedroom), you're going to help your immune system fight off sickness, especially during cold and flu season. Additionally, studies in Norway have shown that illnesses actually drop by as much as 60% as a result of plants being in a person's home. (You can see the original study here.)
House plants can help reduce the noise in your home
Any kind of soft decorations — carpets, rugs, tapestries, furniture, and even plants can absorb sound. If you live in a noisy apartment building or on a busy street, putting up several larger house plants can help reduce the incoming noise. Of course, the more large plants you have with plenty of dense foliage, the better it will be. House plants will fit with any kind of decor, whether you're decorating in Modern Farmhouse, Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Design, or any other design trend. Whether you're remodeling your entire home or just a couple of rooms, the design experts at Parker Gwen can help you not only decide what furniture you need, but even give you some ideas on the kinds of plants and planters that will fit into your space.