We spend more than 90% of our lives inside buildings. Plants purify indoor air toxins which are ten times more harmful than outdoor toxins. Research shows that the spaces we inhabit also have distinct physiological and psychological impacts on us. Having access to nature reduces stress, improves cognitive function, and enhances mood and creativity. These and other outcomes can increase health and wellbeing, as well as productivity.
Many companies are increasingly focused on improving the health and wellbeing of their employees. Interior plantscapes are a strategy to support health and wellbeing of everyone in the office. The presence of plants can result in a positive change in the psychosocial working environment through reducing stress, increasing creativity, and even absorbing noise levels. Different design elements support different outcomes, some help with stress reduction, some with productivity, and others with traffic flow. Ultimately though, “plants make people happy!”
Plants + Retail /Dining
There are many benefits to having plants in healthcare settings. Plants in hospitals have been shown to promote healing, as well as speed up patients’ recovery time.
Not only will introducing plants to a healthcare facility make the building look less cold and clinical, which will have a calming effect when it’s most needed, but plants have also been scientifically proven to boost your mood. According to UTS research from 2010, their presence can reduce tension and feelings of anxiety by 37%.
Over the past several years, malls and restaurants have been taking advantage of the use of plants in their open areas to enhance the customer experience and improve aesthetics. Plants can also increase sales! In one retail study (Wolf, 2002), consumers were willing to spend 12% more for products in an environment with plants!