DID YOU KNOW? This week is World Well-Being Week!
We could not think of a better way to discuss how interior design and well-being go hand-in-hand than talking about the importance of house plants (real or fake).
Biophilia by definition is a hypothetical human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature. In theory, we as humans have an inherited need to connect with nature. The more we read about Biophilia the more we understood our deep love for a Golden Pothos or a Monstera Deliciosa. So before you laugh at the crazy plant lady, let’s dive deep into how Biophilic Design isn’t just cost effective, but also a pathway to following an inherent desire to connect with mother nature and the world around you.
INCORPORATING HOUSE PLANTS:
House Plants are not just beautiful and environmentally beneficial. They are trending in the world of Interior and Exterior Design. We did a little research and having the natural world close by is actually a natural need.
Adding plants and natural sunlight to our working environment alone dramatically increase our wellbeing, productivity, creativity, and even our energy levels. Not only does it bring forth physical and mental improvements, but it is an extremely cost effective way to decorate and bring a space to life. Whether it be in the home or at your office, Biophilic Design is proving to be an especially important option. Here are a few different ways that you can incorporate Biophilia into your daily life.
Living Walls or Moss Walls
There are many options for a living wall. You can simply take your favorite potted plants and pick a wall. Mount them in a creative way or simply set up a shelf to house them all. There are also options where multiple species of plant life are joined together in a vertical space, making the wall naturally come alive. Another option is moss. This brings life to any space wether it be residential or commercial and is much lower maintenance. So, if you have the opposite of a green thumb but still love to connect with nature, this may be your best bet. Some moss walls are created with preserved moss which is zero maintenance. You can also opt for moss art instead of a whole wall.
This may be the quickest way for you to begin your Biophilic journey. You can visit your local nursery or even Lowe’s & Home Depot to find some greenery that best fits your personality and space. There are Ivy’s that stretch out and make itself comfortable or there are succulents who love the sun and need small amounts of water. If you have little to no experience, here are a couple that we recommend for beginners…
- Aloe: great for burns and super low maintenance.
- Snake Plant: can adapt to partial shade or full sun and water me once a month
- Pothos: put me in the window and water me every 2 weeks.
- Cactus: full direct sun and water me once a month.
No matter what you choose there are going to be benefits. We love the versatility and massive range of options that you get when you turn to nature for your interior design needs. Thank you Mother Nature for all of the inspiration. Let Persnickety Interiors help you tie nature into your daily life at home or even at the office!