Why do I need plants in my home?

As an architectural firm, we have observed the growing need for green spaces in urban environments. We also offer an excellent home improvement service which is competitive with home renovation companies in London. With our experience, we have found that modern homes could benefit greatly from indoor planting.

You may be enticed by the booming interest in open plan living but have no idea about where to begin with decorating. Plants are an effective way to alter the appearance of your house as small décor or larger statement features. Indoor foliage can require some maintenance, but do not let that deter you. Greenery can boost the interior of your home tremendously.

Connect with nature

The idea of the smart home is quickly becoming a reality. Modern day homes are filled with plenty of technology, with screens often facing us in most rooms. Indoor planting can provide a soothing visual relief from these screens, with optometrists continually recommending us to take breaks for your eyes every 20 minutes. Some of the ways it works is by promoting a positive mood and re-energising you. You can also enjoy nurturing your plant and watching it sprout new leaves. If you are worried that a plant may require too much care, you can opt for a low maintenance plant such as an aloe vera or a cactus.

Helps to fight illness

It has been extensively researched that nature can help us to fight illness. Alongside the improvements to stressful aspects in home life mentioned above, there is an abundance of physiological and mental health benefits from housing indoor plants. Due to the pandemic, more of the decisions we make now are related to what can benefit our health in the long-term. Indoor plants create humidity, aiding in respiratory illnesses that may be caused by dryness. Alongside the purified air produced, this reduces the physical stress that a dry environment would have with such illnesses, and provides relief when experiencing mental fatigue. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that reputable physician, Robert Ulrich, found patients that spent more time amongst nature required less hospital time and medication in order to recover.

Indoor herb garden

If you are a cooking fanatic or have picked it up as a hobby during the lockdown, we think it would be a great idea to create your own indoor herb garden. This could be situated on your kitchen’s windowsill to contribute to a rustic interior or to brighten up your view to your garden. You can even place it near your kitchen sink to streamline the daily watering routine. We love this solution for our client’s new kitchen and think this would be the perfect spot to hang your little garden. Besides herbs, a spider plant works well for a kitchen as it naturally filters air, purifying strong odour and pollutants in the area.

Creating zones

Indoor plants are a fantastic way to help in creating zones within your household. When it comes to an open plan living space, it is important to divide the room carefully as to not negate its overall spaciousness. A row of multiple plants can act as a visual guide and buffer to help differentiate certain parts of a room. If you want a certain corner to have a relaxed atmosphere, adding Chinese evergreens would be amazing as it filters the air and practically looks after itself.

Complements your interior

Large plants can be utilised as a statement feature in a minimalistic living room and would contribute to an indoor-outdoor atmosphere. When planning, it would help you to identify your room’s strong and weak points in terms of design. To keep a visually balanced room, plants can be used to uplift a weaker spot in the area and create movement in a dead space. They can also be placed in areas that have a lot of rigid shapes and surfaces in order to break it up. Placing indoor plants in a certain part of a room can create the appearance of a separated cosy nook.

We think you should consider an indoor tree or something similar to a white jasmine plant, which releases a delicate sweet scent throughout your home, adding to the atmosphere. It is important not to produce a cluttered environment as it could take away from the openness of the room. On the other hand, having a dedicated area for your indoor plants can act as a statement wall.

Absorbs noise

Newly plastered or painted walls may result in reverberations throughout the property. Plants can be used as a buffer as it absorbs sound, making it appropriate for your house’s interior and landscaping, due to its large surface area and texture. This is a good solution for loud corridors, study rooms, or a dining room.

We would love to discuss any home improvement projects you may be considering. Feel free to book a telephone consultation with us today here, or call us on 0207 043 2378. Alternatively, you can email us at hello@hometales.co.uk for further details.

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