Pandemic Recovery with Plants
With the right types of design approaches, our homes can help boost creativity and concentration, as well as becoming a more relaxing and rejuvenating environment.
- Put a wildflower green roof on top of your extension, so that when you wake up and look outdoors, you’re greeted with a bloom of flowering colours.
- Add green walls or herb gardens in the living and kitchen spaces so that you’re seeing the greenery and your sense of smell is also stimulated.
- Flood your home with potted plants and flowers to add colour and life to your space! Research online for certain species of plants that are good for day and night time air quality enhancement.
- Include the use of natural colours. This is known as the Ecological Valence Theory and essentially means that people will use colours that they associate with a positive experience in nature. For example, blues will remind people of clear skies and clean water.
- Use natural wood texture and grain on floors, walls, ceilings and furniture. Wood has the ability to reduce blood pressure and it feels fantastic.
- Open up the ceilings to roof lights so you can drench the interior with natural daylight. Rooflights are also operable which is great for supporting natural ventilation.
- Lastly, make sure to stimulate the sense through the use of natural scents and sounds.