Does your home's interior design feature houseplants? Whether you consider yourself a green thumb or not, adding houseplants to your home's decor offers several benefits. While you may already some of them, chances are others will surprise you. So, consider the following reasons to include houseplants in your home's decor.
Of course, houseplants will also create cleaner air in your home. Plants are like mother nature's air filters. Their leaves catch and absorb airborne compounds, thereby filtering the air and creating a cleaner environment. This is important because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says indoor air pollution is one of the top five threats to the public's health. Even if you dust your furniture and vacuum your floors on a regular basis, the air is probably dirty. But houseplants can help filter impurities from the air, offering you and your family a healthier living environment.
Check out NASA's Clean Air Study for more information on which houseplants are most effective at cleaning the air.
No, that's not a typo. Studies have shown that people who are regularly exposed to plants have lower stress levels than their counterparts. It's unclear how plants are able to lower a person's stress levels, but numerous studies have reinforced this theory. And considering that chronic stress is something from which millions of people suffer, this is a huge benefit that shouldn't be overlooked. Consider placing several small potted plants throughout your living room, kitchen and bedroom to take advantage of this benefit.
Adding houseplants to your home's decor will reduce indoor humidity. Humidity, which is a measurement of moisture vapor in the air, is something that all homeowners should monitor. If your home becomes too humid, it may cause hardwood floors to warp, paint to peel, and furniture to develop mold. Most experts recommend a 40% to 50% relative humidity level for the home. You'll have an easier time achieving and maintaining this level by adding houseplants to your home's decor. The houseplants will catch and absorb moisture from the air, acting like a miniature dehumidifier.