One Small Thing - Air-Purifying Plants

As interior designers, we are constantly thinking of ways to create healthier living in a space. Living and working in a space with contaminants and decreased ventilation naturally causes pollutants to build up, making creating greater risks of things like asthma and the flu. Oftentimes these pollutants make a space less desirable for those who live in it. Did you know that indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health? These pollutants include:

  • carpets

  • wooden furniture

  • papers and files

  • household cleaners

  • paint

What is one small thing you can do to create a healthier environment for yourself? Air-purifying Houseplants.

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NASA conducted a clean air study to demonstrate the effectiveness of particular plants to purify air. They recommended keeping at least one to three plants in a room for a healthier lifestyle. We are constantly looking for ways to incorporate plants into a client’s home. While they bring a beautiful aesthetic to any room, they also provide multi-function health benefits all year round and are an easy and inexpensive way to:

  • increase your mood and productivity 

  • enhance memory

  • reduce stress 

When we’re finishing off a space with the final details we often choose low-maintenance, live plants since most of our clients have a busy schedule and don’t want too much maintenance. Caring for a living thing can give us a purpose and is very rewarding — especially when you see that living thing bloom and thrive. Take a look at some of our favorite air-purifying plants:

Pothos Plant:

The Pothos Plant is one of the easiest plants to grow and actually thrives on low light and neglect. These plants serve to purify the air of formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide while also helping eliminate odors. Pothos can also help alleviate eye irritation after long days of staring at screens.  We wanted this client to get a sense of comfort and focus while sitting at her desk. The overall feel creates a soft sanctuary. 

The Pothos plant was a great addition for this living space designed to accomodate a single woman with a demanding job. Since the English Ivy can grow long and drape very nicely, we placed it on top of a shelf for a nice aesthetic quality.

The Pothos plant was a great addition for this living space designed to accomodate a single woman with a demanding job. Since the English Ivy can grow long and drape very nicely, we placed it on top of a shelf for a nice aesthetic quality.

Aloe Vera:

Many people have Aloe Vera in their homes because of its healing ability. The gel inside the leaves has excellent healing properties that help heal cuts and burns. It is easy to grow and also serves as a great plant for improving air quality and clears out pollutants found in cleaners, paints, and more.

Aloe is a great addition to any room. The striking form and color provides contrast against a dark wall.

Aloe is a great addition to any room. The striking form and color provides contrast against a dark wall.

English Ivy:

This is a very easy plant to grow and creates beautiful twists and turns that flow from the pot. It has a great drape to it to provide life to bare areas and shelves. This plant is great for filtering mold and dust.

In this basement, English Ivy is placed in an open area, allowing it to be seen by everyone that walks in, while providing amazing air filtering abilities that are extremely beneficial for those with asthma/breathing problems and allergies.

In this basement, English Ivy is placed in an open area, allowing it to be seen by everyone that walks in, while providing amazing air filtering abilities that are extremely beneficial for those with asthma/breathing problems and allergies.

Snake Plant:

The Snake Plant, or Sansevieria, is an inexpensive and low-maintenance plant that works great in bedrooms, because it converts CO2 into oxygen at night. This plant is the most tolerant of all decorative plants and survives the most unsuitable growing conditions, abuse and neglect. So it’s basically impossible to kill!  The snake plant is classic, yet versatile houseplant with sword like leaves. It is excellent for the forgetful gardener and is considered a top air purifying plant for indoor environments.

The snake plant is a great addition for bedrooms, and actually gives you air rather than taking it away like most plants.

The snake plant is a great addition for bedrooms, and actually gives you air rather than taking it away like most plants.

An indoor plant can be your refuge from the outside world, and for many people it is a source of great joy. Whether you live in a small apartment, or a large house, by introducing certain plants into your home, you will start to notice improvements to your health, and overall happiness. Houseplants not only add greenery and a pop of color, they are living, breathing organisms that improve your way of living and enhance the quality of life.

Be sure to check out posts from our other wonderful friends below who are making similar small changes in their lives, there are so many good tips, I can’t wait to see all the good tidbits of small changes that we can make that will hopefully add up to big changes in our world!

Much love,

Nicole

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