How Plants Can Enhance a Space
We all like being in a nice environment when we need to get work done or feel like relaxing. Sometimes, a space can feel stale, uninspiring or too busy, and for some of us, this can affect our motivation and mood. Luckily, there are many different, simple techniques that can be incorporated to enhance a space, from decluttering mess to rearranging furniture, or choosing a theme or colour scheme for the area.
One way people may choose to enhance a space is through the use of plants. Not only can plants provide some much-needed greenery to an area, but studies have also shown that they may increase productivity and happiness too!
Below we take a look at some possible benefits of including plants in your home or workspace.
Lower stress levels
Many of us can find work to be stressful at times, especially during busy periods, or when lots of deadlines are on the horizon. Some studies have shown that having indoor plants in a work environment can help to reduce stress levels. A study conducted at Washington State University and published in the Journal of Environmental Horticulture found that blood pressure for those completing a stressful computer task in a room with plants only rose by two points, while it rose four points for those completing the task in a room without plants.
Similarly, a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that participants recovered quicker and more completely from viewing a stressful movie when they were shown videotapes of nature settings rather than urban settings, afterwards.
It’s common knowledge that plants help produce the oxygen that we need to survive, but studies have shown that plants may also help to clean the air around us. A study conducted by NASA found that many houseplants are capable of removing chemicals such as ammonia, xylene, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air.
This 1989 study found that different plants removed different chemicals. For example, the Boston Fern, a very popular indoor plant, was shown to be good at filtering formaldehyde and xylene from the air, while the Peace Lily can filter these two chemicals along with trichloroethylene, ammonia and benzene.
Studies have also shown that having plants in a space may help to increase productivity. One study conducted in three offices across the UK and the Netherlands found that adding plants to a “lean” office space increased worker productivity by 15 per cent.
In the Washington State University study mentioned above, those performing the computer task in the room with plants had a 12 percent increase in productivity compared to those performing the task in a room without plants.
How can you bring plants to your space?
There are many ways in which plants can enhance a space. From the simple added aesthetic bonuses of having greenery inside, to the possible health benefits and positive affect they have been shown to have on lowering stress and increasing productivity. If you’re looking to bring houseplants into your home or office space, there are lots of different types and varieties available. We stock plants in a wide array of styles, shapes, sizes and colours, to give you a range of options to choose from when searching for that perfect new addition!