Human beings are ever in the quest to improve their quality of life. The best way to improve the quality of life is by improving the quality of the environment that one lives in. Plants are vital in helping improve the environment. The inclusion of indoor plants in the interior design of a building is therefore not a mistake. Indoor plants, also known as house plants, are plant grown in the house, either in an interior landscaping, or an indoor plant pot. They include indoor flowers planted in flower vessels. House plants are grown both for beauty and for health reasons.
You do not require any environmentalist knowledge to understand the various advantages that result from houseplants. The benefits of interior landscaping or house plants go far beyond the aesthetic. They have been found to have some positive impact to both building and people. They play a vital role in providing a tranquil and pleasant environment to work, live, move in and relax in. Embellishing the interior space of a house with houseplant will not only add greenery to the appearance of the house, but also lead to a positive interaction with the body mind and home in ways that enhance the quality of life.
There are various types of indoor plants. Each one of them has different effect to the environment it is put in. They have different shapes, sizes, color and effects. Most of them are meant for specific areas such as offices, dining rooms balcony among others. Despite all their differences, they tend to have some common advantages. The following are some of the many benefits of having indoor plants I your house or office.
Scientists generally have come to an agreement that plant improve the quality of the indoor environment. They play a major role in fighting the modern phenomenon of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). Although there has been no specific cause of SBS identified so far, poor air quality in the house, excessive background noise and inadequate control of humidity and light within the house are thought to be the major causes. With the large surface area, high rate of gas exchange and the release of moisture to the air, plants can help solve some of these problems. Indoor plants help improve the quality of air by; reducing the level of carbon dioxide in the air, increasing humidity levels within the house, reducing the level of certain pollutant such as nitrogen dioxide and benzene in the air, reducing air borne dust levels and keeping the indoor temperature at low levels. The temperature of the building is kept at low levels due to high moisture content in the air and less carbon dioxide.
Plants have been used in reducing noise I from busy highways. Recent research has indicated that they can also effectively reduce the background noise in buildings too. Plants and their leaves absorb reflect and diffract background noise, therefore making the environment more comfortable for those occupying it. There are certain plants which are more suitable to absorb high frequencies.
They create a feeling of well-being and reduce stress
A substantial body of researches has proved conclusively that the presence of greeneries in a building has dramatic effect on the wellbeing of those living in the building. Instinctively, most of us know and agree that being close to plants makes us feel more relaxed and at ease with the surroundings. We tend to experience less stress when there are some greeneries around us. Building tend to be quitter, and more relaxed, and at the same time stimulating and interesting. Patient in hospitals feel better when they are in touch with nature, through indoor plants in the wards. Plants tend to promote recover rate of patients from their illnesses. Indoor plants therefore have healing power to our emotions, feelings and sometimes to our bodies.
Plants have been found to improve the concentration of individuals. At work places and class room, research has shown some improvement in concentration levels after the introduction of indoor plants. The improved environmental quality allows the body to be relaxed and therefore has all the attention directed to the task at hand. This is helpful in work places as workers are more likely to be productive when they concentrate more on their work. House plants can also improve classroom performance for student. This translates to high productivity in all areas.
Improved image and appearance
Plants are used for decoration. Both non-flowering and flowering plants and some beauty to the environment they are in. indoor plants are therefore used to beautify the house. They are placed in strategic places such as on the table, under a glass table, at the window, specific corners, besides the door, among other places to improve the appearance of a room. A building with a variety of houseplants looks expensive and attractive. In business, they help improve the business image to potential clients.
Improved night sleep
Since some house plants such as gerbera daisies give out oxygen at night, they can greatly improve you night sleep, hence reducing the chances of insomnia. You should therefore keep them in your bedroom for a constant supply of oxygen throughout the night.
There are so many benefits of indoor plants. Ranging from decorative, emotional, health and psychological benefits. However, some plants are better than others when it comes to their benefits. Some will give you more benefits than other. However, each and every interior plant has its own usefulness. Each will contribute greatly to making your house a wonderful place to live in. you should however be cautious about how many interior plants you have within your house. Too many of them might not be good, ensure that you have just enough of them.
You should also be sure about the requirement of the plants. Some plants need unique conditions for them to survive. They require certain temperatures, climate, nutrients, light and care. You should ask a gardening professional for help about such specifications.