Using Houseplants for a Healthy Home
“Bring houseplants into your space to add vibrancy, air quality and color to every room.”
Houseplants are the perfect way to bring color and life into any area of your home. While beautiful and enjoyable, house plants also positively impact air quality. They support the natural carbon dioxide and oxygen cycle inside the walls of your home, and can purify the air of toxins.
A study from NASA shows that a variety of common houseplants including Palms, Ivy, Ficus, Aloe Vera, Peace Lily, Rubber Plants, Philodendron and Spider Plants actually filter harmful toxins from the air emitted by common household items including paint, carpet and plastics. The study suggests you should have at least one small, potted six inch plant for every 100 square feet of interior living space. The primary scientist on the study has also written a book, How to Grow Fresh Air.
Plants add vibrancy and color to every room. Colorful pots should be chosen to further enhance the room’s color scheme. Accessories surrounding the plant should be complimentary and inspiring.
Some of my favorite plant varieties are Ferns, Violets, Palms, Jade Plants, Bromeliads and Philodendrons. If you have specific questions about the variety of houseplant you’re keeping I suggest the detailed links of Plant Care Guru. Your local garden stores are also extremely helpful is choosing the correct plants for your needs. Be prepared to discuss available light, proximity to windows and space allotment. And don’t be afraid to speak up if you need low maintenance plants. There are numerous options that require little to no attention.
Houseplants last for many, many years if cared for (my Dad recently gave me a Tree Philodendron propagated from one he’s kept for over twenty years), and can bring a whole new level of compatible life into your home.