In the rise of minimalism, indoor plants have become a neutral way of adding color to modern spaces. This decorative trend brings life to a space, literally.
In a study by NASA on air quality, various lines of research since the 1960s have shown that different varieties of plants eliminate toxins in indoor environments and closed air-controlled spaces. In the referenced summary of the study, environmental scientist B.C. “Bill” Wolverton, says, “Plants emit water vapor that creates a pumping action to pull contaminated air down around a plant’s roots, where it is then converted into food for the plant. Research has also suggested that plants play a psychological role in welfare, and that people actually recover from illness faster in the presence of plants.”
There is a mutually beneficial relationship between us and plants. We breathe in the oxygen that they omit, while they absorb our carbon dioxide. Indoor plants essentially grow fresh air. If that doesn’t feel like enough science for the day, environmental factors such as pollution, sun damage, and dehydration can contribute to fine lines, wrinkles, and overall health. Indoor house plants can help support the air quality of your home and your overall wellness, especially for those of us surrounded by smog.
The case is closed. Add color and life to your home with a snake plant, aloe vera, or golden pothos (also known as devil’s ivy). We recommend stopping by local plant nursery Folia Collective’s storefront (5117 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles) or foliacollective.com to stock up on some greenery, as well as chic planters, gardening tools, and other plant-inspired goods.
Photos: by Danae Horst of Folia Collective