The good news is that when we get out in nature, whether it’s going for a run or going on vacation, we can quickly start to restore our health and mental wellbeing. And - this is the good bit - research suggests that bringing nature indoors to where we spend most of our time can also have a positive impact on how we feel both physically and emotionally.
In practice, it’s a simple solution; adding just one medium-sized plant to a medium-sized room may improve air quality up to 25%. And when it comes to improving wellbeing, five or more plants leads to people feeling healthier and happier.
Research suggests indoor plants improve air quality by filtering out particulate matter, or air pollution, and other airborne toxins caused by organic chemicals in things like paints and furniture finishes.
Wellbeing refers to feelings of relaxation, inspiration, and positivity. Research suggests that indoor plants can benefit wellbeing, depending on the total number of plants, combined with the variety of the plants. For example, a big group of plants that looks complex, or has lots of different varieties of plants, is able to fascinate, foster relaxation and help people de-stress. We also found that while variety was key, it was also important to create a cohesive ‘look’ – or organised complexity within a group of plants – to optimise wellbeing.
There are different varieties available to plant all year round
The system below makes it easy to under the health and wellbeing benefits at a glance for different sized rooms. These are all based on medium sized plants (0.6 to 1.2m tall)
There is a growing body of evidence which suggests a positive association between green space and physical and mental health.
Click below to find out more about the benefits of a home lawn or public park.