Keeping indoor plants is not only beautiful, but also benefits your health. By contrast, they release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, which is the inverse of what we do when we breathe. This not only purifies the air, but also removes harmful toxins. NASA research shows that houseplants can remove up to 87 percent of air toxins in 24 hours. Furthermore, indoor plants have been proven to enhance concentration and productivity (up to 15 percent!) by reducing stress levels, and increase mood - making them ideal not only for homes, but also for work spaces.
Placing plants, especially those with broad leaves, on your desk will help regulate humidity and increase levels of positivity - seeing greenery and nature helps us feel more relaxed and calm, which benefits our everyday mood. Indoor plants serve both practical and aesthetic purposes, and thus provide a positive effect on your life.
Plant a Personal Sanctuary
Indoor gardens can provide refuge from the outside world, and for many, they are a source of great joy. Plants can greatly enhance the health and wellbeing of anyone, in any space - whether you live in a small apartment or a large house. The act of caring for a living thing gives us a purpose and is rewarding - especially when we get to enjoy its bloom and see it thrive. This is why plants can improve moods as well as make spaces meditative to be in.
Studies have shown that houseplants can boost your productivity and concentration (by up to 15%), reduce your stress levels, and lift your mood.
To create your perfect green haven, it's worthwhile investing some time researching the types of plants that are best suited to each room and what type of environment they thrive in. Here are some tips:
Choose plants that will help you sleep better.
The fact remains, however, that many plants switch things up at night, when photosynthesis ceases, and release carbon dioxide instead. In contrast, plants such as orchids, succulents, snake plants, and bromeliads produce oxygen, making them an ideal choice for the bedroom (and improving sleep).
Too much sun can be harmful.
Direct midday sun isn't ideal for most indoor plants, so be aware of this when you place plants inside your home. Leaf burn, spotting, or sudden leaf-fall are all very obvious warning signs to look out for. Don't panic if you lose a plant; most of them can be saved. If the soil feels too wet, dry it out a bit, or don't water it too much. It is important to check if the leaves of your plant are being curved and falling off due to cold drafts. The use of organic fertilizers is a great way to revive your plants.
The most boring space can be made interesting with plants.
Adding plants to your living space is an easy and beautiful way to style it up. Decorate your windowsills with succulents, hang vibrant macramé hangers from your curtain rails, or go all out with something big and bold like the beautiful fiddle leaf fig. In addition to the pots, you can display your plants in beautiful ceramic and copper containers. You can own plants for a very low cost by taking cuttings from a friend's plant or your local garden center and propagating them yourself.
Some plants thrive in hot weather.
Plant styling requires knowing what plants will thrive in what rooms: the bathroom is the perfect place for air plants and kokedama (Japanese hanging moss balls), as the excess moisture from your daily shower promotes the growth of these plants. The best plants you can choose for your sunroom or super-hot room are ferns, palms, succulents, and cacti, as they love the heat.