March 8, 2019
What was once an office design trend, indoor plants has quickly become an integral part of office architectural design. Not only do plants spruce up the office with a bit of colour, studies have also shown that indoor plants can reduce stress, reduce noise levels, improve air quality, and increase productivity by 15% in the workplace.
Whether your a green thumb, nature lover, or a business owner looking to kick some butts into gear, here’s a quick guide on how to make your office a greener place.
Step 1 – Choose your design
Before we get to the fun part of choosing what plants you’d like we first need to determine how you want to display your plants. Here are some options to consider:
Pot plants are one of the easiest ways to adding greenery in your office. They are extremely versatile and can be moved around the office space to wherever you see fit. Depending on the type of plant you have chosen, pot plants can be moved towards windows to ensure plants receive as much light as possible. Coming in a wide range of sizes, colours, and styles pot plants are the perfect addition on desks, next to entrances, and at reception.
Hanging pots allow you to get a little more creative with where you place your plants. As versatile as pot plants, hanging pots can be strung up onto walls, balconies, terraces, or anywhere else you are able to hang a pot. They can also be used on a green wall/vertical garden.
Vertical garden or green wall
Probably the most picturesque option of the three, a vertical garden or also known as a green wall provides a lushes blend of various plants and colours. There is a little more setup involved with the irrigation system and how the plants are suspended onto the wall but can provide a multitude of health and environmental benefits.
Step 2 – Find out where you can obtain your plants from
Now that we have your base it’s time to decide where you are going to get your plants from. Indoor plants can be purchased online, instore, or if you’re feeling adventurous you can go and pick the flowers yourself (as long as you’re not stepping on anyone’s toes). You can even rent indoor plants from various companies who not only supply the plants but also maintain and service them regularly.
Step 3 – Choosing your plants
The list of indoor plants at your disposal is endless, giving you the opportunity to mix and match a diverse range of plants and colours to create your own personal office outfit. Depending on your design choice, some plants are better suited to a particular base. To help you out, here are some of the best indoor plants for your office.
- Bromeliads are a hardy indoor plant that comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and foliage colours. They thrive in a warm and humid environment and require decent air flow. This indoor plant is perfect in a pot on your desk.
- Peace lilies are by far one of the most popular office indoor plant because of their attractive glossy leaves and frequent white coloured blooms. They prefer a moist and humid environment whilst being kept out of direct sunlight and are the perfect desk pot plant.
- Yucca plants are quite common in office space due to their versatility and hardiness. You may have recognised one before with its large green strappy leaves and long wooden stem. The yucca prefers high level of light, can handle a bit of neglect and are best suited to a pot that is placed on the floor due to their height.
- Fiddle-leaf fig arguably one of the most trendiest office indoor plant, the fiddle-leaf fig is a tropical looking plant that has a long stem and large glossy leaves. The plant requires minimal watering providing it receives plenty of light and can be placed into a pot on the floor.
- Succulents are extremely popular amongst plant enthusiasts because how of space efficient, colourful, and easy to maintain they are. Succulents are drought and fire resistant, require very little watering and maintenance, and are perfect for vertical gardens.
- Lipstick plant is an excellent addition to your green wall bringing rich red flowers that emerge from black calyces and bloom throughout the year. Its distinct cascading and shiny green leaves with a burgundy bottom provide a diverse range of colours. Thrives in lower light levels and survives dry conditions with ease.
As we come to terms with our innate tendency to seek out connections with nature, indoor plants have become an essential part of our office lives. While commercial flooring contributes to the atmosphere of a business, indoor plants not only satisfy our needs as humans but improve our air quality, reduce stress levels, and increase our productivity. With these 3 simple steps at your fingertips your office will be looking greener in no time.
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