Previously a phenomenon in the 1970s, the last few years have seen a considerable increase in consumers purchasing houseplants, so much so that they are now a huge interior trend.
Houseplants are known to have many benefits, from freshening up the air in your home to improving your concentration levels, and let’s not forget that they also look great. From spider and rubber plants to ferns and cacti, a touch of greenery might be just what you and your home needed.
A healthy home
With the number of us opting to work from home continuously growing, it’s important to get the right balance when it comes to creating a healthy, ergonomic home-working environment. Studies have shown that introducing greenery to the space that you’ll be working in will improve productivity by up to 15%, as well as reducing stress levels and boosting your mood – making them a perfect addition to your home office or any room, in fact.
Furthermore, recent extensive research by NASA has revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87% of air toxins in just 24 hours, meaning that within one day, your home will be a healthier place. Not only that, welcoming certain plants into your home creates a calm living space that makes us feel that little bit more relaxed, so make sure to do your research which plants suit specific rooms best and what environments each may require, e.g. more sunlight or shade.
Update your interior
Aside from the many health benefits, indoor plants are a really simple way of injecting your home with visual beauty. Whether you’re opting for a larger leafy friend like a Monstera, which can make quite the statement or you’re dotting smaller succulents around your home on windowsills, shelves or on your kitchen worktop, splashes of green are sure to uplift the space aesthetically (as well as holistically).
Bring the outside in
For those living in apartments and perhaps don’t have a garden or outdoor space, investing in a houseplant or two gives you the opportunity to reconnect with nature from the comfort of your own home. Let’s not forget that caring for your plant is also good for the soul and is a great segway from the pressures of daily life. Spending a few moments watering your new friend requires focus and will realign your calm quickly.
So, what are you waiting for? Go forth and take a leaf out of nature's book!