A new word is trending in interior design: biophilia.
Although the term was popularized in more recent times by German-born American psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, the concept of biophilia has been around since Aristotle.
The word originates from bio-, meaning life, and –philia, meaning the love of, and describes the rich pleasure that comes from being surrounded by nature.
Biophilic design recognizes the physiological benefits of incorporating plants into our homes, in addition to the psychological and visual advantages.
Why is plant therapy now officially a thing?
The key reason is that houseplants help create a clean and healthy environment by producing high levels of oxygen and purifying the air.
Many studies have now confirmed the multiple benefits of having indoor plants:
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduced stress, anxiety, and depression
- Increased productivity and creativity
- Better sleep
- Cleaner air and less harmful toxins indoors (a natural air filter!)
- Increased humidity and less dust, thus helping fight against colds and allergies
And quite simply, houseplants and planters are also aesthetically pleasing. They are a great way to add liveliness, personality, and texture to any room of the house, big or small.
Each type of plant adds a distinct personality to any room with its unique leaf shape, color, height, and volume. Houseplants become invaluable decor pieces and give you endless possibilities to create interior spaces with special charm.
Here are a few interior design tricks to decorate with plants:
Assess your space to determine which plant type and size will work better in your interior based on the size of the room, amount of furniture, and direct light. Consider arranging your plants in clusters if you have a large space to decorate.
The level of maintenance required by houseplants varies significantly. Determine how much time and attention you are prepared to devote to your plants! Then you can find the right fit for your home and your lifestyle.
Make a list of the plants that match the above criteria before going to the garden center to choose your plants. You want your design to drive the choice, not the other way around.
Choose a pot or planter that goes with your design. This will make all the difference when trying to create your dream look.
You’ll be surprised at how these few simple additions can completely transform your living space. Now, take a deep breath and enjoy the benefits of nature indoors.