Updated: Feb 27
Where it all started?
It all started in the 1980s with believe it or not - NASA scientists and the research led by Dr Bill Wolverton tackling the Clean Air Study to figure out the phenomenon of "Sick Building Syndrome" (SBS). The Sick Building Syndrome happens when the building is sealed well holding all the toxins released by synthetic materials with not enough clean oxygen to fight it, making people feel sick. A closed environment like that caused headache, dizziness, nausea and respiratory difficulties.
Importance of Indoor Plants
Besides being a beautiful decorative piece and a natural air purifier, there must be something more to it, right? There must be a reason why plants became such an important part of our lives.
According to a NASA report published by Wolverton in 1989:"If a man is to move into closed environments, on Earth or in space, he must take along nature’s life support system.” Plants.
Once the plants were introduced to the environment, it showed that the air quality was significantly higher with most of the VOCs being removed, and the symptoms disappeared. (source) "They emit negative ions which not only help reduce airborne microorganisms but give us euphoric feeling." - Dr Wolverton.
Other important factors to consider - plants boost your mood, productivity and creativity. They reduce noise levels, stress, depression and respiratory difficulties.
How to Choose the Right Plants for Your Home?
What you really want is the plant's ability to give its maximum, and the way to do so is to choose the plants according to your own environment. Meaning, if your home has plenty of natural light, choose the plants that enjoy it and vice versa.
If your room is sunny and warm, these plants will be very happy to thrive and fill the space with joy:
We all have those semi-shady nooks we could use to lighten-up with these beautiful green friends:
During sleep we need those night-time hard-workers that clean the air through the night:
The fact that we spend 90% of our lives indoors is something to think about. This is one of the reasons why plants are so important for home and mind detox. Feel free to choose the ones that warm up your heart.
One of my favourite Interior Design styles is definitely a Biophilic design that focuses on human's intuitive attraction to nature and it's increasing importance of our health and well-being.
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