The Benefits of Indoor Plants
Why are plants such an important decorating accessory?
One answer is that they look attractive, providing a graceful arch of green or a colorful burst of bloom. They are the beauty of nature brought indoors and make both homes and commercial spaces look more cheerful and inviting. Plants also make a design statement; they are a living sculpture that expresses your style.
Research shows, though, that the benefit of plants extends beyond the aesthetic and actually involves the health of a building and its occupants.
- Reduce levels of carbon dioxide in the air, and reduce toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene by as much as 60%. Did you know that indoor air can be five times more polluted than outdoor air?
- Improve the relative humidity of the air, which should be between 40% and 60% for maximum comfort. Plants do not add moisture to air that doesn’t need it.
- Increase the percentage of life-sustaining oxygen in a room
- Reduce background noise levels
- Reduce airborne dust levels
- Engender a psychological feeling of well-being in most people, reducing stress and enhancing productivity
In short, interior plants, chosen correctly for the space and well maintained, make any environment a healthier, more comfortable and more pleasant place to spend time in.