Indoor plants are a huge home design trend with numerous benefits, including helping to purify the air in your home.

There’s an increased interest in biophilia – humans seeking connections with nature – which has resulted in organic design elements and the growing popularity of indoor plants.

Decorators often say that plants help add a sense of life to a room while the science points to plants being good for your mental health and wellbeing.

The benefits

Better air quality

Indoor plants assist in removing toxins related to air pollution, paints and cleaning products from the air.

Volatile organic compounds (or VOCs) can reach a concentration up to 10 times higher indoors than outdoors because of the harsh chemicals used in some types of furniture, flooring and cleaning products.

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Fortunately, just one indoor plant can improve air quality by 25%, five indoor plants can improve air quality by 75% and 10 indoor plants provide the maximum benefits in an average sized room (4m x 5m).

Indoor plants that aid sleep

Wellbeing

Indoor plants can create a positive and relaxed space, improving mood, concentration and productivity.

Less is not more when it comes to indoor plants. Research has found that five plants can improve wellbeing by up to 60%, but 10 plants can help you reap the maximum health benefits. And apparently, the more variety in size and species of plants increases wellbeing benefits.

So, how many plants do you need to make a difference in your home? Read on to find out…

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