We can all agree that indoor plants look amazing, but there are also loads of health and well-being benefits associated with adding greenery to your indoor spaces.
Did you know that Australians are now spending an average of 90% of our time indoors? So it stands to reason that we need to make sure our indoor space is not only beautiful to be in, but it is as healthy as possible too. Happily, plants are one of the simplest, natural ways of achieving this.
In this blog, we explore the benefits of adding plants to your space, and take a look at some of the best plants to include in your home or work space.
Plants improve air quality
A study conducted by NASA found that adding plants to an indoor space will remove a large number of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and toxins in the air (including nasties such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene). In fact, another study found that plants can reduce VOC levels within 24 hours of being added to an indoor space.
Did you know that by adding even one plant to an average space can improve air quality by up to 25%, and adding five plants can improve it by up to 75%. How brilliant is that? More about this later...
Adding plants to your indoor space can also increase oxygen levels - which in turn helps us feel more alert and can decrease certain ailments such as headaches and respiratory conditions.
Health benefits associated with indoor plants
Various studies have found including potted plants in indoor spaces, including the home, office, schools and hospitals may have the following amazing health benefits:
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve reaction times and attentiveness
- Increase productivity
- Improve well-being
- Raise perceptions of your space and job satisfaction
- Lower levels of anxiety
Plants help to lower stress
Ever noticed that spending time in nature decreases your feelings of stress and anxiety? Using potted indoor plants in your home or work space will serve to replicate these feelings, as well as being visually very appealing and calming.
What is the optimum number of plants to add?
The clever people at Plant Life Balance, in conjunction with scientists at RMIT University and the University of Melbourne have determined the best number of medium sized plants (approximately 30cm tall) to add to small, medium and large room sizes to achieve maximum health benefits (check out the entire article here). In summary:
- Five plants will provide maximum benefits in a small room (3m x 3m)
- 10 plants is optimum for a medium sized room (4m x 5m)
- For a large room of 8m x 8m, adding 32 medium sized plants will provide maximum health and well-being benefits.
That might sound like a lot of plants (remember these numbers are based on medium plants around 30cm tall), but adding any number of plants to your space will do wonders! And the larger the plants, the fewer you would need to add (larger plants are worth 1.5 times the amount of medium sized plants).
Let's get your indoor plant collection started!
So now you know the benefits of greening up your space, it's time to add to your plant collection, or even get your collection started! The best news - Coastal Eden is here to help.
Shop our collection of plants, and we will deliver your chosen greenery straight to your door.
Need some guidance about what plants to add? No problems - send us a message and we can make some recommendations about what will work with your space.
Keep an eye out for our next blog where we will give you the low down on some of our top indoor plants.
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