Bringing plants and flowers into your home seems to be a bit of a trend at the moment. Interior magazines and blogs are awash with tips for caring for your house plants, flower delivery services are quite literally flourishing and it’s suddenly become cool to visit your local garden centre. But for those of us that love bringing the outside into our homes, this is more than a trend. This is a way of life, and we’ll continue to welcome greenery into our lives even when the trend has ebbed.
Personally, I can’t imagine my home without plants, flowers and foraged bits & pieces. In my old house, I had plants in every room and often treated myself to a fresh bouquet of flowers for the kitchen. Currently in between places, living at my in-law’s, my beloved plants have been crammed onto every available surface and placed on window sills. They’re bringing a new lease of life to a house that previously didn’t welcome in the outdoors. My boyfriend’s mother has followed my lead and begun picking flowers from their garden, placing them in vases around the house and bringing spring indoors.
Filling your home with plants and flowers certainly looks pretty. They add colour, texture and general interest to rooms and obviously make great Instagram props. There’s tons of stylish Mid-Century-style plant stands and gorgeous ceramic pots out there, helping you to spruce up your plants and make them look at their best. There’s more to it than aesthetics though.
Detoxing your home
Did you know that having greenery around the house can actually improve your physical and mental health? Anyone with a basic knowledge of photosynthesis will remember that plants absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen but they also absorb other pollutants, increase humidity and generally improve the quality of air inside your home.
Our homes are literally filled with toxins – the building materials themselves, natural gases such as radon, chemical-based cleaning products, air fresheners and electrical equipment are all detrimental to our health. Household pollution is a contributing factor to asthma in children and can cause everything from skin complaints to headaches. Too many people spend too much time inside without access to the benefits of fresh air and nature. Introducing just a couple of plants to each room in your home can help to counteract the levels of household pollution.
Beneficial to your mental health
Having plants around your home is also beneficial to your mental health. Surrounding yourself with greenery, especially in the areas of your home where you use the most technology, can help to alleviate stress, calm you down, make you more productive and just generally make you feel happier. Studies have shown that office workers are more productive, students perform better and even hospital patients can benefit from being surrounded by plants and flowers.
To me, it seems odd to enter a home that doesn’t contain greenery. I find that houses feel incomplete, uncomfortable and too stark if there aren’t a couple of plants or even a bouquet of flowers sitting on the dining table. It perplexes me how people relax, work or feel at home in the absence of plants.
My advice, if you are a house plant virgin?
Start small; choose one or two easy-to-care-for plants and place them in the room you spend the most time in, to make it harder to neglect them. Treat yourself to a bouquet of fresh flowers or collect a handful of wild stems while on a walk. Or perhaps make more of an impact by opting for a larger plant or indoor tree, such as a monstera or a rubber plant. Once you embrace house plants, you’ll find that it’s more of an addiction than a trend and your house will slowly turn green.
Images by Emma Lavelle
Emma Lavelle is a freelance writer, keen photographer and slow-living enthusiast with an endless wanderlust. Based in the north of England, Emma writes about slow travel, a relaxed pace of life and timeless style.