Having plants in a business or at home is an interior decoration tradition, though have you ever wondered what other benefits plants bring? While you’ve likely had greenery in your home or office before, some interior plants are better suited for your environment than others.
Certain varieties look more attractive based on your particular exterior design. Others are easier to care for if you don’t have enough quality office time. You’ll also find plants providing air-cleaning qualities if you don’t want to rely on air purifiers.
Take a look at this list of plants you should consider for improved office design.
Peace Lily Plants
If you want to find a plant helping to clean the air, Peace Lily is one of the best. More formally known as Spathiphyllum, it’s a large plant needing little light. It’s a perfect choice if you need to fill space and have few windows.
The largeness of a peace lily is advantageous in its ability to purify your office air. NASA put this plant at the top of their list when studying plants with the best air purifying capabilities.
Peace Lily is known for removing the often dangerous chemicals Benzene and Trichloroethylene, making your interior spaces healthier. Plus, the plant helps provide more moisture in the air if you’re continually suffering from dry air problems.
Those of you looking for a plant with little maintenance should consider Jade Plant in your home or office. This plant comes from Japan and is known for its succulence and small flowers.
With a formal name of Crassula ovata, the plant can live for years without needing excessive watering. It’s the perfect choice if you’re looking for something attractive that won’t die on you if you forget to water now and again.
These plants do prefer bright light, though, so be sure to keep it by a brightly sunlit window.
As a flowering plant, Gerber Daisy (Gerbara) is beautiful to look at and one of the best at filtering toxins. Many plant experts say these quickly brighten up a room if you feel your home or office space is too drab.
Out of all the pollutants its known to help filter out, benzene is one of the most notable. Benzene is known to emit from printing products, so using Gerber daisies in office settings is usually more common.
Many other pollutants that frequently infiltrate work areas are consumed by this plant, making it a top pick for any office setting.
You can’t go wrong buying a cactus plant in any variety if you don’t want to water plants often. The only thing they do need more of is sunlight. It’s best to buy these if you have a lot of windows in your home or office suite. They prefer considerable sunshine but don’t really like being watered too much.
Anyone who has to travel often can still enjoy any cactus plant for more than a decade with proper care. Of course, in the wild, they live for hundreds of years. Even so, ten years can make your cactus plant assimilate into your interior office design.
Weeping Fig Plant
Known as Ficus benjamina, this is one of the best plants available for filtering pollutants from various sources. Along with filtering benzene, it also consumes formaldehyde.
Some of these pollutants are commonly hidden in carpets or furniture. Your office furniture, for instance, may have more pollutants than you realize from heavy use over a period of time.
Adding a weeping fig plant will do the job, along with filling major space. The waxy green leaves are very attractive and should replace any fake plants you have around your work space.
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You and your employees spend the majority of your lives working, right? So it makes sense that you want your office to be as inviting and comfortable as possible. After all, who wants to go to work every day and have to look at a bland office? Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to create comfort and improve the office environment.
Add Art Pieces
By adding art on the walls of various spaces in the office, you add personality to the office. The pieces you choose identify your individual or corporate personality without saying a word. Modern or abstract art shows you are forward thinking and on the cutting edge. More classic pieces evoke comfort and trust. Don’t forget, the subject matter of some pieces can give a nod to your industry.
In addition to using art to reinforce your business’ brand, pieces also warm up the environment by adding color and breaking up the interior landscape.
As with art, accessories can show off your company’s personality while giving your office environment a more comfortable feeling. Just by adding throw rugs and pillows to a break lounge area, you give employees a place they can enjoy relaxing in. By doing the same in a front office waiting area, you create a space that makes visitors feel welcome. And that’s always good for business.
While wall art and accessories can contribute a lot to improve the office space, it’s easy to go overboard. That’s when comfortable and cozy becomes clutter – a look you definitely don’t want. The key is being thoughtful about how much to add and where. Remember that less is more.
Light It Up
Lighting is a great way to creatively cozy up your office space. Of course, fluorescent lights are the least expensive option. But you can add other lights in, too. Floor lamps that complement your décor can add another design element to the space, as well as some warmer lighting. Pendant lights add yet another element of visual interest and warmth. Plus, it boosts employees’ hormonal balance, productivity level, and mood. Quite a win, all the way around.
Go With The Flow
If you want to improve the office environment but don’t want to dole out a lot of dollars to do so, there’s a simpler – and less expensive – way. Just rearrange the furniture and accessories. That’s right. All you have to do is move things around. But when you’re planning your new layout, be mindful of how the natural light will affect the new floor plan. You don’t want the afternoon sun hitting wall art and casting an unpleasant glare in your employees’ eyes. You also want the furniture to allow for easy traffic flow.
Say It With Flowers
Research indicates that just by adding plants, flowers, or other natural elements to the office environment can make employees more productive and happy. It doesn’t matter if it’s a vase of real flowers or a container plant is real or fake, it’s all a plus. Pictures of outdoor scenes even work. Just bringing a little of the great outdoors into the office can work a world of wonders.
Provide Healthy Snacks
Remember on “The Middle” when Mike’s employees revolted after he tried to cut pretzels out of the company budget? He ended up keeping them to keep the staff happy. Silly as it seems, there’s truth to that scenario. Just by adding healthy snacks, such as protein bars, fresh fruit, and mixed nuts in the break room, you add an extra level of comfort to your office environment. And it’s little touches that show you care. In return, you have a happier, more productive staff.
Open Up Individual Spaces
While the right layout, furniture, lighting, and accessories go a long way toward making an office space feel livable, don’t forget about individual work desks. The best way to make them look like a million bucks is to simply keep them free of clutter.
When you drive by a house with junk in the yard, your opinion of the homeowner tends to sway to the negative, right? The same is true for a desk with piles of files and stacks of unorganized papers. But an organized desk makes quite the positive statement. Plus, it reduces stress and increases productivity.
It doesn’t take much to improve the office to be a more comfortable and inviting space to work. But with a little thought and creativity, you’ll end up with happy, productive employees.
In his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv writes that modern-day children are not connecting to nature. Children aren’t allowed to run off on their own and explore for hours at a time. Climbing a tree is banned for being too dangerous, and the siren call of electronic devices pulls on kids’ attention instead. As a result, we are seeing an increase in “nature deficit disorder.” He doesn’t mean this in a medical sense, but in a cultural one. A lack of connecting to nature results in increased anxiety, a sense of unfocused attention, and overall worse outcomes for productivity and satisfaction.
Louv dates the shift from nature-loving childhoods to modern ones quite some time ago. Many of those children he’s talking about are all grown up now and working in modern offices. Children are no longer connecting to nature as they once were. The distance from nature leads to a sense of overall disconnection. It’s harder for people to find their own internal purpose when they don’t recognize their contribution in a larger world.
Luckily, even small doses of nature-infused design principles can reverse some of these negative impacts. Biophilic (nature-loving) designs can boost morale, increase productivity, and create a generally more cooperative workspace. For an added bonus, they are often also beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, too!
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to bring the outdoors indoors is by using natural lighting. Wide, open floor plans that allow light to filter through space will help make it feel inviting and warm. Workers who are exposed to natural light throughout the day sleep better at night, making them more alert and productive when they’re at work.
Inviting Lunch Spaces
Sixty-seven percent of Americans report that they eat lunch at their desks more than once a week. This has profound negative impacts on their overall health and also their productivity. Most people already spend too much time sitting in one place without stretching. a major contributor to chronic back and neck pain. Those who eat lunch at their desks also miss out on the mental break of taking a moment away from their tasks. As a result, they don’t get the benefit of clarity and fresh eyes when they return.
It also decreases key social connections because people are less likely to build relationships with co-workers. Creating inviting lunch spaces that utilize natural settings can help alleviate these problems. Whether it’s an outdoor space with ample seating and plenty of greenery or an indoor atrium with lots of potted plants and natural light, creating an inviting space will get people away from their desks for a moment, increasing the quality of the work they produce when they return.
Even artificial displays of natural elements have been found to boost overall well-being. Use nature-based decor whenever possible. Landscapes, seascapes, and florals in the form of paintings and photographs are an easy way to bring a bit of the outdoors inside. Consider natural elements when designing floor tiles and carpeting options as well. Lighting that resembles nature is welcoming and much more pleasing than the harsh glow of overhead fluorescents. Nature is always in style, so adding these elements into design plans or renovations helps ensure a long-lasting decor.
In many cases, the disconnect with nature has been such a part of our lives that we don’t even know what we’re missing. Our brains, though, still have a hard-wired positive response to these influences. Getting in touch with nature is a guaranteed way to make the workplace happier and more productive.