A look at the nature in your home is always a sight that catches the eye.
While plants make an appealing appearance indoors, their real benefits lie well behind their alluring looks.
Not only can you decorate your home with beautiful houseplants, but you can also feel and how they affect your mood and health.
Indoor plants bring interior spaces to life by reviving the closed atmosphere. They improve the air and eliminate noise. These green home decor could inspire you and give you a clue of what plants can do for your home and your life.
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Natural stress reducers
Apart from the calming effect of the color green, the closeness to nature calms our mind and brings us peace and well-being. The natural environment minimizes our stress and calms us. Academic research has shown that while buildings are peaceful and quiet, their landscape has an impressive impact on the comfort of residents.
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There is statistical evidence that patients feel better in plant-filled hospital rooms and workers do better in greener indoor environments. This also benefits the students who achieve greater success in this quieter environment.
You get more quality of sleep
The steam from plants like lavender and jasmine is said to improve sleep and leave you rested and relaxed. Keeping a plant of this type in your home, especially near the bed, will allow you to create a calm and comfortable atmosphere while preparing for a pleasant rest created by the sensual aroma of greenery.
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An increased well-being
When you care about a living, breathing thing you feel needed and keep company. Leafy vegetables are already a great stress reliever. Taken together, their presence increases general mood and wellbeing. Your tension will be relaxed, your stress will be forgotten and you will radiate peace and happiness with your little friend.
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Putting plants in your home or office can also help reduce noise. You will achieve that unnecessary noises are removed from your calm and blissful home environment. Having about one plant per 100 square feet of space in your home helps with this purpose, especially for people who live in an apartment or townhouse.
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The air you breathe
Aside from the aesthetic characteristics of indoor green ideas, the main benefit of green is its ability to improve the quality of the air around them. Plants release oxygen to their surroundings by converting the carbon dioxide they take in from the air. Some plants even purify the air by absorbing all of the dangerous toxins that we normally breathe. They refresh and enliven our environment simply by being at home.
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The benefits of indoor plants include:
- Minimizing the amount of carbon dioxide in the air
- Escalates the moisture content of the air
- Reduces the presence of pollutants such as benzene and nitrogen dioxide
- Reduces the amount of dust in the air
- Keeps the temperature cool and comfortable.
Through breathing, we take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. Plants photosynthesize by doing the opposite, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Increasing the oxygen levels is easy to achieve when plants are around. Plants breathe like humans too, only at night.
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Plants like orchids, succulents, and epiphytic bromeliads breathe by absorbing carbon dioxide and also releasing oxygen at night. They are therefore the best choice for bedroom design as they freshen the night air while you sleep.
Your focus becomes sharper
The Royal College of Agriculture in Circencester, England, conducted a study that found that students taught in rooms where plants were present performed a staggering 70 percent better.
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Increase in the water level
It is known that moist vapors are released from plants as a result of photosynthesis and respiration, which helps increase humidity. Plants give up about 97 percent of the water that was previously ingested. Multiple plants, when put together, could easily maximize a room’s humidity.
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The Agricultural University of Norway has found that indoor areas filled with plants reduce the occurrence of dry skin, sore throats, colds and even dry coughs.
It is clear that having plants in your room is known to be visually stimulating. Although the different colors of interesting flowers liven up the spaces outside and inside your home, even a green plant looks simple but flawless and classic. A plant can be used to hide parts of the walls or floors that you don’t want to see.
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For open or dining areas, try hanging planters, while planter stands work well in corners. A vertical garden planter would be a smart choice for any type of space as it adds vibrancy and diversity wherever it is placed.
Plants have a disease-preventing effect
Another study shows the numerous benefits of plants – The Norwegian State Oil Company has proven the health and comfort outcome of indoor plants. A group of office workers was examined and previously collected twelve different symptoms such as headache, fatigue, dry skin and eye irritation.
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Half of them received common indoor plants, and the other half received nothing. After three months, the men who were given plants said they had reduced these symptoms of fatigue and headache by 30% and 20%, respectively. Hoarseness and dryness in the throat have decreased by 30%, cough by 40% and dry skin by 25%.
Three points to consider before building the interior
Indoor scaping doesn’t just add a few potted plants to your space, it’s about a lot more and that includes a variety of plants in your interior design. Using silk plants, succulents, foliage, and many other varieties of plants should be a long and well-thought-out process as making the right choices is very important.
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Keep these points in mind because they are an important part of the interior:
- What do you want to achieve? You should pre-define your goal as your only limitation is your will and vision. As with outdoor spaces, it is important to think ahead about what you think of your interior design. Is it your goal to decorate or cleanse your surroundings? Would you like to increase the humidity or dampen sounds? Maybe you have something else in mind?
- Can you give proper care? Location is an important factor as plants, leaves, and other leafy vegetables need their proper placement in order to thrive and survive. Wonder if you can provide your greenery with the right amount of sunlight, water, and everything they need. You can’t put a plant that needs specially filtered sunshine in the windowless corner, can you?
- How much money are you willing to spend? Shopping for plants is a real drive, especially when you consider how different the price range varies by species. Think about what type of plants you want and how this can affect your budget so as not to make any misjudgments afterwards.