Planting a Purpose
Today I was asked why we post so many images on social media that feature plants. At first I thought the answer was obvious: 1. they look pretty 2. they add a pop of colour 3. doesn't everyone love plants?
I quickly realized that was an extremely surface level response to why we love plants here at The Tidy and probably as to why they show up so much in our posts.
I do think plants are pretty, a great way to add colour, and that everyone should have some sort of a love for them. There are, however, so many more reasons why they are such a big part or our organizing, styling, and vision creation for our clients.
First and foremost, plants bring a sense of balance to indoor spaces. They allow us to feel a connection to nature and the outdoors which is becoming more and more important in today's world. Studies show that Americans spend 87% of their time indoors and an additional 6% in an enclosed vehicle (on average)..that is 93% of our times being spent indoors. NINETY. THREE. PERCENT! Obviously this is just an estimate and that doesn't apply to everyone, but that number is still quite unsettling. Most people's week includes getting out of bed, driving to work, sitting in the office, driving home, watching Netflix, going to bed. I know that I personally spend too much time indoors in the winter because "it's cold" and the sun sets at 4pm. In those situations it is definitely helpful to have plants in my office space and home to keep the mood lively, add some vibrance, and remind me to go outside into real nature!
Another benefit of having plants in your space is their natural ability to help improve air quality. I've lived in a number of buildings around Edmonton since moving out at the age of 17. One constant was the ability of my plants to reduce the amount of dust in some of the.. cough cough older (OLD AF) apartments I chose to reside in.
Particular benefits of having interior plants can include:
Reducing carbon dioxide levels
Reducing levels of certain pollutants, such as benzene and nitrogen dioxide
Reducing airborne dust levels
Keeping air temperatures down
If you could care less about your air quality, plants are also shown to reduce stress, create a sense of well-being, and lower background noise (also very useful in OLD AF apartments or rooms with paper thin walls). What if I kill all my plants you say! Well, there are a variety of plants that need minimal care, so if you have a black thumb we can still hook you up with some plant friends.
Hopefully that answers a few of the questions we get as to why we adore and post about plants so much! A couple of our favourite plant feeds to follow are @botanicalfiles, @littleplantshopyeg, and @houseplantclub.