Green fingers are the extension of a verdant heart.
Let’s explore how to bring nature inside your home with plants. As mentioned in my previous post, the “outside inside” interior design aesthetic has been strong and it’s no secret why this could be the case. We seem to feel at our best around nature.
As discussion of global warming and sustainability continues to be a constant topic in the news, interestingly, “Temporary Void” shopping, like buying from Ikea is becoming out of fashion. Consumers want more sustainable and permanent pieces. I can speak to this. I used to shop quite a bit at IKEA. What I found was that I was never enthusiastically excited about anything I purchased from there.
In an effort to have nature around me, I have purchased fake orchids in my past. Partly because I seem to kill them when they’re live. It seemed easier to buy a good faux plant. Elle Decor, however, has also gone as far as saying faux plants are out and biophilic design is in. I don’t disagree. It is a turnoff when your faux plant gets dusty. You have two choices, clean it or throw it away. The latter is not very eco-conscious.
There are hotels and restaurants like the photo below, adding plants into a space as part of the design, making you feel like you’re in a garden.
Houseplants Help With Air Pollution in the Home
Adding some plants to your home is a very easy and essential way to bring nature inside your home. Plants pay an important role in our ecosystem by simply releasing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide. House plants are known to reduce VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). VOCs come from benzene, toluene, and xylene.
Some common plants that are helpful to remediate indoor air pollutants include: English ivy (Hedera helix), Peace lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’), Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum), Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii), and Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium).
Houseplants and Psychological Effects
A study in 2015 by Journal of Physiological Anthropology found, active interaction with houseplants can reduce physiological and psychological stress compared with mental work.” At the end of the day, all these studies kind of conclude it’s how you feel while around plants. The way I like to think about is if you have surrounded yourself with what you love, you will react positively to it.
Plants also require care which make us use our nurturing instincts which help us be more compassionate people. I love to go the nursery by my house and visit the orchid and tropical plant room. They keep the room warm and play classical music for the plants, giving it a tranquil and relaxing feeling.
Terrariums Create Curious Little Worlds
I love the idea of terrariums. Terrariums are basically plants inside of sealable glass containers that are opened or closed. I learned about these one day as I was scrolling through Instagram and came across some tiny gardening photos.
I was fascinated by these and pledged to create a couple. I now have some outdoor space and will create this come spring. I love the terrarium pictured above because it’s very sophisticated with orchids. I found a few I’m adding to this page if you want to explore trying to create one of these. Please share with me if you do.
Found this starter kit, by Cute Farms that I think I will buy to help get me started. I like kits. Makes things real easy!
I liked these terrariums I found on Amazon:
Misters for Terrariums:
This blog post is the Part 1 of a my series, “5 Ways to Bring Nature Inside Your Home”. Each element has it’s own blog post which you can find with the links below:
Part 2: Bring Nature Inside Your Home with Rattan & Cane Furniture, Lighting, and Home Accents
Part 3: Bring Nature Inside Your Home with Earth Tones
Part 4: Bring Nature Inside Your Home with Botanical Prints
Part 5: Bring Nature Inside Your Home with Natural Materials