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Interiorscaping, as one might surmise, is “landscaping” an indoor space. Interiorscaping means more than bringing some green indoors; it calls for the thoughtful and purposeful placement of plants. Some homeowners bring double story trees inside to create a discussion-worthy focal point or some elect to create a living wall, an artistic arrangement of plants that fill interior space as would pictures or tapestries. Interiorscaping certainly adds a distinct beauty to a home but with all the demonstrated emotional and environmental benefits plants offer, their value goes well beyond their aesthetic offerings. It might be time to do a little interiorscaping in your home.
Plants increase oxygen levels indoors. Most plants release oxygen throughout the day but some plants, like orchids and Gerbera daisies, actually release oxygen at night so consider placing these kinds of plants in your bedroom to get an extra refreshing night’s sleep.
Indoor air quality can be improved by houseplants. They help remove toxins that are commonly trapped in most homes, toxins that can cause headaches, nausea, and other physical ailments. In addition, they can reduce mold and dust levels.
Plants help us increase productivity so we can bring our “A Game.” Studies have shown children are more attentive in classrooms and people are more productive in computer tasks with plants in the room.
Plants add humidity and increase moisture in a home. Try placing several plants together for maximum benefit in minimizing dry skin, cold symptoms, and respiratory ailments.
Ahhhh, relax. Plants reduce symptoms of stress and fatigue. Why not bring some into your home today? What kinds of plants work best? There’s no one right answer. Spider plants, lilies, philodendrons, ferns, ivy, and ficus trees are a few to consider for their beauty and their ability to provide special health benefits as well.
Employers should take note as these home health helpers also provide benefits in the office as well, contributing to productivity and reduced absenteeism.
Homeowners often place a token plant or two in a room for a decorative touch and some people believe interior plants are indulgent and wait to be gifted with one but in reality, indoor plants play a big role in improving the health of a home and the residents who live there.
Most of us admire beautiful plants in a neighbor’s yard and delight in walking by a well-landscaped community garden. There’s no reason that appreciation needs to be reserved for outdoor enjoyment. The same joy plants offer outside can be realized indoors as well – and as added incentive, indoor plants offer many health benefits as well. That’s right. Plants aren’t just pretty to look at, they are good for us as well!