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Bringing Nature Indoors: The Green Revolution for a Healthy Home

Biophilia is basically a love of nature, so biophilic design uses natural resources to create a sense of harmony in today's world. It is the practice of creating a closer connection to nature through the ways buildings and landscapes are created and built. Biophilic design incorporates natural lighting and ventilation, natural landscape features and elements including plants and is the design principle that seeks to connect humans with nature.

Incorporating house plants into your home has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. They not only add a touch of natural beauty to your home but also have a positive impact on your physical and mental health. Here, at Aequora, we believe this is a fundamental and key part to our design process.

Add plants to your coffee table
Coffee table plants

Here are some reasons why house plants are important in creating a healthy home:

1. They improve air quality.

House plants are natural air purifiers. They absorb toxins from the air and convert them into oxygen. Some plants are particularly effective at removing common household toxins like formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. Examples of such plants include snake plants, spider plants, and peace lilies.

2. They reduce stress – and we could all do with that!

Studies have shown that interacting with plants can help to reduce stress and anxiety levels. The act of caring for plants can be calming and can give you a sense of purpose. Being surrounded by greenery can also create a calming and relaxing atmosphere in your home. Perhaps we should all take a leaf (pardon the pun!) out of King Charles book and try talking to our plants too!

Bringing trees into the home
Trees can be situated inside too!

3. They boost productivity.

Plants can also have a positive impact on your productivity levels. Research has shown that employees who work in offices with plants are more productive and have fewer sick days than those who work in offices without plants. The presence of plants in your home can also help you to feel more focused and energised.

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Plants incorporated in to offices and work spaces

4. They improve mental health - let's start this green revolution!

House plants can have a positive impact on your mental health. Studies have shown that people who have plants in their homes are less likely to experience feelings of depression and anxiety. The act of caring for plants can also give you a sense of accomplishment and purpose, which can be beneficial for your mental health.

5. They add beauty and style to your home.

In addition to their health benefits, house plants also add a touch of natural beauty and style to your home. There are many different types of house plants to choose from, each with their own unique look and personality. Whether you prefer large leafy plants or small succulents, there is a plant out there that will fit perfectly into your home decor.

And for those of us that aren’t all that green fingered, I include myself here, we can also cheat and mix in a few faux plants and flowers. The quality of faux plants and floral arrangements are amazing these days – you can hardly tell the difference.

One important aspect I need to mention here is scale! Getting the scale right is crucial when incorporating plants into your home. It's a common mistake to choose plants that are too small for the space, which can make them appear insignificant and fail to create the desired impact. Here are some considerations and advice to help you achieve the right scale when incorporating plants into your home:

fresh table flowers
Fresh flowers in the home

  1. Evaluate the available space: Before selecting plants, assess the size and layout of the space where you intend to place them. Consider factors such as ceiling height, wall size, and the overall dimensions of the room. This will give you an idea of the scale of plants that would complement the space effectively.

  2. Choose larger plants as focal points: Incorporating one or more larger plants can serve as focal points and anchor the overall design. Taller and bushier plants can make a statement and add visual interest to a room, especially in larger spaces or areas with high ceilings.

  3. Consider the plant's mature size: Research the growth habits and mature sizes of plants before purchasing them. While small potted plants may look cute initially, they might not fill the space adequately as they grow. Opt for plants that have the potential to reach the desired size or can be pruned and shaped to fit the space over time.

  4. Balance with other elements: Take into account the existing furniture, decor, and architectural elements in the room. Ensure that the scale of the plants complements and balances with the other elements in the space. For instance, if you have a large sofa or a high bookshelf, you might need taller plants to create a harmonious visual balance.

  5. Layer plants of varying heights: To add depth and visual interest, incorporate plants of different heights and sizes. Combine tall floor plants with mid-sized ones on tables or plant stands, and fill in smaller gaps with shorter plants or hanging planters. This layering effect can create a more dynamic and visually appealing composition.

  6. Consider planters and containers: The choice of planters and containers can also affect the perceived scale of plants. Large, substantial planters can enhance the presence of plants and contribute to a more impactful design. However, ensure that the planters themselves don't overwhelm the space and strike a balance between the plants and their containers.

Large scale planting
Entrance Hall incorporating large plants

Remember, it's essential to choose plants that not only fit the scale of the room but also align with the lighting conditions and care requirements of your home. With the right selection and proper care, incorporating appropriately scaled plants can transform your space and contribute to a well-designed and inviting home.

So why not add a few plants to your home today and start enjoying the many benefits that they have to offer? If you confused and feel you a helping hand with the finishing touches to your home or are looking for help with your interior design project, then we look forward to hearing from you at Aequora.


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