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Interior design as an art has evolved tremendously over the recent past. Modern and classy house decorations range from wall paints, fine art, artificial flowers, and live house plants- name them! With all these decor options at your disposal, which one is the best option for you?
Well, as much as each option has its benefits and each person has unique tastes and preferences, houseplants have a clear advantage over the rest. When you’re investing in interior design, exploring all of the ways you could add elegance and colour to your home through houseplants is endless.
Here are 7 surprising benefits of decorating with houseplants. But before we do that, it is important to note that in order to maximise the benefits of houseplants in your home, you need to learn how to take care of each of the plants you choose. Proper watering, lighting, and using the right grow tent when necessary will ensure that your plants are always healthy and beautiful. It is also advisable that you only choose the plants you can easily care for because plants die fast when neglected.
Now let’s look at the reasons why you should choose houseplants to beautify your home.
1. Aids In increasing air quality
Plants absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen through a process called photosynthesis. Humans need lots of fresh oxygen and as minimal carbon dioxide as possible. In another process called transpiration, plants absorb water through their leaves, making indoor air less humid. Also, through the phytoremediation process, plants remove contaminants in the air such as metal residues which can be very harmful when inhaled. All these processes guarantee you an increased supply of quality, clean air in your living spaces.
2. Intercepts diseases
When the supply of fresh air increases in your home, a condition called hypoxia is prevented. This condition can lead to severe health complications such as heart problems, stroke, and brain disorders such as depression. Sufficient oxygen supply also boosts energy production in the body in a process called cellular respiration. The human body uses oxygen to break-down sugars which as a result gives out energy. Increased supply of oxygen also facilitates food digestion.
3. Improves mental wellbeing
Biophilia: An innate urge that humans have to take care of nature and life at large. When this urge is met, it improves the mental wellbeing of the person involved. It eliminates the feeling of loneliness and calms a troubled and anxious mind.
4. Helps minimise noise pollution
There is no denying that noise pollution is a real problem, especially in our cities. Too much noise can lead to a dip in your workday productivity levels, health issues such as constant headache and fatigue, and in extreme cases, it can precipitate chronic sleeping disorders. The good thing is that decorating with houseplants can help you avert this problem. This is how:
Your houseplants’ stems (especially those whose barks are thick and rough), leaves (especially the broad and fleshy ones), and branches aren’t just appealing to the eye. They are also great absorbers of sound. So, the more large-sized houseplants you have, the lower the noise levels will be in your home. What’s more, large-sized plants are great for filling up empty corners especially in large living rooms.
Houseplants are also great soundproofing materials because their leaves and branches can reflect sound waves, as opposed to empty dry walls that reflect sound waves around a room. So, if you place large plants along the perimeter of a noise-prone room, they will both add colour to the empty walls and create a noise-proofing fence that keeps the center of the room quieter and more habitable.
5. The natural beauty of plants
Plants create a charming environment for all occupants in the home; an environment of love and life. They make empty walls in a room glow. And on top of the beauty that flowers and leaves bring, using planting containers of different shapes, painted with different colors, can complement your wall décor.
6. Plants motivate you to learn
There are countless types of plants in the world, each one of them with unique characteristics. Having an indoor garden is a good way of learning about these special characteristics such as flowering and leaf patterns, as well as their maintenance requirements. You will need to constantly research and read books on plants – the best fertilisers, dirt, grow lights, and grow tent to use. Some plants are beautiful and poisonous too. Others are beautiful and have medicinal value too. You will learn about all these differences and characteristics on the go. Every day with the plants will be a learning day.
7. Some houseplants can be used as food
Some herbs, fruits, and vegetables are stunning enough, both in aroma and synthetic beauty, to be used as decorative houseplants. Some of these plants include radishes, scallions, tomatoes, and strawberries. All these are plants that add color to your living spaces, and that can still be useful in the kitchen. Herbs such as cilantro, chives, basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme, and parsley also have decorative properties, especially because they smell very nice, on top of their medicinal and food-spicing properties. You can also grow micro-greens such as baby kale, beets, spinach, and arugula to add greenery in the home and veggies to your diet. If you don’t have much space in your kitchen you can integrate ready to assemble cabinets into your kitchen and grow your herbs in that extra space.