Plants come in all shapes and sizes, which is good news for home offices both large and small. Choose varieties based on the effect they have on you: round, soft shapes and muted colours will help create a relaxed atmosphere while you work. Other, more brain-stimulating shapes are Cactus, Polkadot Begonia and spiky Aloe. If you're struggling to decide which plants will work best, bring them all into the space and go from there. And if you're looking for a professional change of direction, echo the desire for a switch at home and create a new jungle interior with your work table at the centre of the forest.
Plants will give you a warm welcome as soon as you open the front door. Placed in the hall, they create a calming entryway for you and any guests you have to your home. The large leaves of Anthurium Clarinervium have a beautiful design that captures the attention of passers-by. Or opt for Alocasia Zebrina, another striking plant. Its long, spotted stems end in leaves that resemble the ears of an elephant. Placed in the hallway, this plant announces newcomers with a fanfare.
Sleep has become the latest arena for personal improvement, just like sport. A good night's sleep leaves you feeling recharged and refreshed for the new day. It's a very important part of our wellbeing, and plants can help us sleep effectively.
Take the Calathea Orbifolia. This plant makes it clear when we should sleep. When it gets dark, the plant closes its leaves. In addition, the soft shapes of its large round leaves create the perfect bedroom mood.
While sleeping, we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. The concentration of CO2 in our bedroom increases slowly during the night, which can cause us to wake up feeling drowsy. If it's not possible to open a window, introduce plants such as the Ficus and Kentia, which work hard at converting CO2 back into oxygen. The leaves will also immediately improve the humidity of the room.
LIVING ROOM/DINING ROOM
In your main living space you usually have more space and options to play with style, presentation and the location of your plants. A nice mix of large and small plants works like a charm. Consider, for example, the ficus, areca palm and large hanging plants such as scindapsus and philodendron. You can style these large acquisitions with a few small specimens in beautiful pots, such as Chinese money plant, cacti and fern.
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