One does not have to be an environmental psychologist to know that houseplants look beautiful. When one embellishes interior spaces with indoor plants, one is not only adding greenery to the home decor. These houseplants interact with one’s home, mind, and body in ways that enhance quality of life. In fact, research shows that keeping indoor plants can bring a host of mental and physical health benefits. Interior landscaping goes a long way in providing a tranquil and pleasant environment in which to relax, work, and move.
Importance of Interior Plants
Once homeowners learn more about the aesthetic and therapeutic nature of indoor plants, they will be more inspired to get their green thumb on.
Improving Indoor Air Quality
IAQ is an increasing concern, particularly in large cities and towns where people may spend up to 90% of their time indoors. Indoor air can be as much as 12 times more polluted than outdoor air. This is because of pollutants such as building materials, furnishings, paints, and clothing. Fortunately, indoor plants can help in fighting the modern phenomenon called, Sick Building Syndrome.
Although scientists have not identified the specific cause of SBS, humidity and poor air quality are thought to be contributing factors. Plants are able to exchange water and gases with their surroundings, which can help tackle these issues. Some benefits of indoor plants as relates to indoor air quality include:
- They reduce airborne dust levels
- They reduce carbon dioxide levels
- They keep air temperatures down
- They increase humidity
- They reduce the levels of certain pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide and benzene
Reduce Background Noises
For a long time, people have been using plants to reduce loud noises, such as freeway noise. More recently, studies show that indoor plant life can also help lessen background noises inside a building too. In fact, plants absorb sounds best in spaces that feature hard surfaces. They reflect, diffract, or absorb background noise, thereby making one’s living or working environment more comfortable.
They Enhance Cognitive Function
Keeping plants and flowers indoors can make one think better. Some of the mental benefits of interior landscaping include:
- Improved memory
- Improved concentration
- Heightened attention
A study also links houseplants to a rise in creativity. According to the study, people who were working in a room with a bouquet of flowers and two potted plants generated 13% more ideas that those working in a room with sculptures.
Homeowners wishing to enhance their home décor should consider adding indoor plants. However, they should match the right houseplant to the right growing condition for the best success.
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