We all need to work from home as much as possible in these strange times. Let plants help you make your working environment as calm and pleasant as possible. After all, we could all do with a mood boost from cool, green leaves.
Some of us have home offices at our disposal, others spend their time drumming on the laptop keyboard at the kitchen table. Because plants come in all shapes and sizes, there's always one that will be able to keep us company, wherever we set up our desk space at home. Greenery in the home relieves stress and helps us to concentrate better, which is exactly what we need in this new working-from-home period.
Our ideal plant
The best tip for filling a small space with plants is to think of the effect that different varieties will have on your mood, and go from there. In terms of decorating an office space, choose round soft shapes and colours if you want to feel calmer during your work, or arrange plants that stimulate your brain like Cactus, Calathea and Aloe if you want to feel energised. We suggest trying different combinations of plants and pots from across the house, and arranging them on the table until you have the desired effect. If you're a freelancer, pitching for different projects, then create a jungle interior that will have prospective clients saying 'wow' when you start up a videoconference call.
If there's one person who's convinced that humans aren't designed to work in a plant-free world, it's biophilic designer Alexander Bond. His plant design masterclass is filled with tips for getting the most out of your workspace with plants. We've highlighted a few for you here:
- Think of your plants as the most important feature in the space. We're so used to thinking of them as a side issue, but if you focus your home office around your plants, the whole area will immediately feel a lot more natural and free.
- Choose the right plant. Alexander agrees that different plants provoke different emotions, and it's a good idea to decide which you want to introduce into your work environment. One way to find out is to visualise in a moment of stillness the atmosphere that you wish to work in, then make a conscious choice to bring the associated plant to work with you.
- Be tactile with your plant. A plant with soft leaves by your desk is a good idea as touching it will reconnect you with nature.
With cheerful plants around us, it will be far easier to keep our spirits up while we work away from colleagues. If you're interested in learning more, then read about why your home needs plant design.
Share your home office on Instagram (Stories) and tag @thejoyofplants. In this way we'll connect with each other, and get through this crisis together. You can already see a few here, for inspiration.