The benefits of interior landscaping go beyond the aesthetic. Recent research tells us that interior plants are good for buildings and people in a variety of ways.
Plants help reduce stress and create a feeling of well-being
Most of us know intuitively that being near plants makes us feel more at ease. We experience less stress when there is greenery around us. A substantial body of academic research, has shown conclusively that interior landscaping has dramatic effects on the wellbeing of building occupants. People in offices are more productive, happier, take fewer sick days, and make fewer mistakes. Patients in hospitals benefit from interior landscaping. Also there is evidence showing students perform better in plant enhanced environments.
Plants help improve air quality
There is general agreement amongst scientists that plants improve the indoor environment and are useful in fighting the modern phenomenon of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS).
No specific cause of SBS has been identified but poor air quality, excessive background noise and inadequate control of light and humidity are all thought to be important factors. Because plants have large surface areas and exchange gases and water with their surroundings, plants can help tackle some of these issues.
Particular benefits of interior plants include:
- Reducing carbon dioxide levels
- Increasing humidity
- Reducing levels of certain pollutants, such as benzene and nitrogen dioxide
- Reducing airborne dust levels
- Keeping air temperatures down
Plants help lower background noise
Plants have long been used to reduce noise from busy roads. More recently, research has shown another benefit: interior plants can help to reduce background noise levels inside buildings, too. Plants absorb sound best in acoustically live spaces, such as those that feature hard surfaces.