Flowers are great to look at, they smell delightful and they also make wonderful gifts. They just so happen to be the perfect accessory for any home or space, too.
Before you decide to hit up your local craft store for fake fauna, here’s a list of 6 reasons why you should add fresh, live flowers to your living space instead.
1. Complement Existing Decor
Are you attracted to lively accessories and art that evokes a feelings of liveliness in your home? If your room already has energetic decorations, adding a vase full of fresh flowers can greatly enhance the overall look of your space.
To maximizer your interior decor, find flowers that are best suited for your color scheme and preferences. For example, if you have a bold and colorful painting that hangs front and center in your room, place a fresh bouquet of mixed-color plants on a nearby table to accentuate this piece.
2. Increased Health
In a research study examining the impact of plants in hospital rooms, researchers found that patients in rooms with plants required less medicine, experiences less fatigue and required shorter recovery time.
In various settings scattered throughout the world, people bring plants into their space for the curative benefits these powerful organisms provide. You don’t have to find yourself in the hospital to benefit from their curative powers. Add flowers to your living quarters to add some pep in your step and to feel rejuvenated each day.
3. Reduced Stress
Most people are constantly on the lookout for products and accessories that will help them effectively reduce their stress. If this sounds like you, look no further — flowers provide a few unexpected stress-relieving perks.
Research studies found that linalool — the sweet smell present in lavender — induces a calming effect in the brain. If you’re not a fan of lavender, snake plants are known to boast similar effects.
4. A More Inviting Space
If your space currently feels dull or uninviting, a vase full of freshly cut flowers may do the trick. If keeping flowers inside isn’t your thing, consider updating your outdoor space by including some undemanding plants that require minimal upkeep. Win, win!
A simple bouquet of real flowers with burnt or warm tones can evoke an inviting feeling in an area that’s otherwise lackluster or poorly lit. Don’t believe us? Without making any changes to a given room, add a mason jar full of fresh and vivid flowers on a table or shelf. Your room will instantly feel more inviting and warmer — a fact that guests are sure to notice.
5. Cleaner and Fresher Air
It’s no secret that plants have amazing aromatherapeutic capabilities. But beyond smelling good, they also play a key role in providing us with the clean air we need to live in the first place.
Plants convert carbon dioxide — the breath we exhale — into carbohydrates and oxygen. Essentially, they are continuously engaged in a process that cleans and freshens our air. To reap this benefit in your home, opt for potted plants you can care for into the long-term.
6. Positive Psychological Effects
After reading this article, you know that a few plants scattered throughout your room can help you destress. But, this isn’t the only mood-related benefit these trusted allies have to offer.
In a Harvard study examining the impact of a flower’s presence on mood, researcher found that participants with flowers in their home experienced a noticeably higher sense of compassion and happiness when compared to those who don’t. So don’t feel guilty for buying yet another bouquet of flowers or potted plants the next time you go to the farmers market. You may just end up happier because of your choice.
Plants are a breath of fresh air — literally. Whether it’s a single daisy or a jar full of your favorite succulents, adding a few plants to your space is a decision you’ll wish you made
AUTHOR: KACEY BRADLEY
Kacey Bradley is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Guides for Brides, Hotel Online and more!