We all know that being outside in the fresh air does wonders for our mental and physical health, and many of us actively seek ways to spend time outdoors each day.
Unfortunately, with the UK weather being what it is, and the long hours that many of us are forced to spend inside due to office working, it’s not always possible to get outside as often as we would like.
So what’s the solution? Is there a way to recreate the benefits of being outside, inside? Many architects and designers would agree there is, and a good (and very cost effective) place to start is by incorporating plants into your home and work spaces.
Here are five reasons why introducing plants into your inside spaces is the smart thing to do:
Freshen up: Plants turn carbon dioxide into oxygen which means that they help keep our air fresh and oxygenated. There are even plants which are known for their air-filtering qualities and these types of plants work to minimise the chemicals and substances that are commonly found in the paint and carpets of office buildings. When these invisible toxins are removed, or reduced, it results in a happier and healthier environment for everyone.
Sounding Out: Plants, especially big leafy ones, absorb sounds. In a busy office there can often be a lot of background noise which can be distracting. By introducing plants into your office you can reduce the noise of photocopiers, telephones and voices which will help people to concentrate.
Work smart: The presence of plants in our work spaces has also been proven to increase brain power! When the air is clean and oxygenated, you can think more clearly and feel more awake- leading to increased levels of creativity and productivity.
Stress busters: Studies have shown that indoor plants reduce stress and anxiety in those who who are near them. Plants are a reminder of the time that we used to live a more natural way of life, and seeing plants every day can help you to overcome some of the stresses of our modern technological age.
Calm down: Colour psychology tells us that green has a relaxing and calming effect on us, and many people choose to paint their bedrooms in shades of green to encourage a good night’s sleep. Decorating your work spaces with green can help workers to feel calmer and more relaxed, and incorporating plants into the workspace is much quicker and easier than redecorating the whole building.
There are many innovative ways to incorporate plants into your living spaces but pot plants have to be one of the cheapest and easiest ways to bring the outside inside which is why we now include planters in our Huddlebox range
If you’re more ambitious you could try installing a living wall, potted fruit trees, vines, or even a trellis with climbers within your office space. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel for doing it.