You know the feeling you get when someone gives you a bouquet of flowers or a beautiful houseplant? That’s not your imagination: Living plants and flowers offer a long list of real-world benefits to accompany their obvious aesthetic charm.
So invite a bit of green into your home, and it won’t take long before you start noticing the effects of all that flower power and plant potential.
The best houseplants to help reduce toxins include peace lilies, orchids, dracaena, anthuriums, chrysanthemums (“mums”), palm plants, golden pothos, English ivy, Chinese evergreen and rubber plants (ficus elastica).
These powerful, natural detoxifiers can help minimize the effects of such chemicals as formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, ammonia, carbon monoxide, chloroform, toluene and trichloroethylene.
Not all researchers agree, but certain studies performed in office settings and hospitals have shown a connection between the presence of living plants and a calmer, more positive state of mind.
Especially if you have neutral walls and floors, even a small pop of color can make a huge difference for the interior landscape. If a room could use a sense of dimension, go for deep, saturated colors. If it lacks light, opt for brighter shades that appear to glow from within.
Start noticing the structure and texture of different plant types. From slender stalks to wide leaves and feathery fronds, each plant has a unique shape and form that can serve the same function as vases or other sculptural objects.
Floral aromas are all about bringing the great outdoors inside. Even if your houseplants aren’t the flowering variety, you can still enjoy a fresh, crisp floral fragrance throughout your home with a 30-day slow release Filtrete™ Whole House Air Freshener. Floral is one of five scents available. Just peel and stick the insert to your heating and cooling system air filter.