Over the recent years, the houseplant trend has skyrocketed. And although indoor plants may be Instagram-worthy, the biggest reason for the growing trend is really the power that plants have.
As human beings, we have an innate need to coexist with living things. The term “Biophilia” was coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm to describe human’s love for life and of all that is alive. Biologist, researcher, and naturalist E.O Wilson took his research one step further and discovered that being in nature can change our emotions and behaviors. But perhaps the most surprising discovery in the research of biophilia is the power plants have on our wellbeing.
Unfortunately, today, many people have yet to discover the power of plants, and this results in just another factor of sick buildings. “Sick building syndrome” (SBS) is used to describe the negative comfort and health effects of a building. This can range anywhere from headaches and fatigue to eye, nose, and throat irritation, dizziness, nausea, and more. Not only is this a bad environment for people to work in, but the work they do also suffers. Enter plants.
Adding interior plants to a space decreases SBS by 25%! But that isn’t all plants can do. They can increase productivity and efficiency by 12%, improve concentration by 19%, and even helps attract and retain employees and customers. 97% of employees would like to have more indoor plants in the workplace and 88% of workers say access to natural indoor elements increases their wellbeing. But perhaps one of the biggest effects plants have on SBS is decreasing health issues. When plants are added to a space fatigue is decreased by 20%, headaches by 30%, cough by 40%, and a sore throat by 30%.
(source: Green Plants for Green Buildings)
Plants don’t just have positive effects on employees, but everyone who enters the space, especially when there is an abundance of green plants. We are so deeply connected to color—the design of an environment can not only affect our emotions, it can completely alter them, which, in turn, can change the way we function within that space. Because of its strong association with nature, the color green often symbolizes tranquility, health, and freshness. Thus, it is an emotionally calming color—it reinforces our human connection to nature and our inner selves. Ultimately, green takes us back to the place we are always subconsciously searching for: serenity, peace of mind, those quiet moments we cherish in our lives.
As a result, green is quite successful at helping people adjust to and feel comfortable in new environments. It also correlates with broader thinking and creativity, making green the perfect color to incorporate in hotels, schools, and any work atmosphere.
The power of plants is endless. So, what are you waiting for? Start incorporating plants into your space and experience their many benefits for yourself.