Why We Need Plants?
When you are feeling low and depressed have you tried walking in a garden or a park? The effect is amazing. You will immediately feel a positive change in your mood. This is because nature and plants help to reduce our mental stress and fatigue. They help to relax the soul and mind. Touching a green plant and being in the vicinity of plants has a calming effect which helps to improve productivity, creativity, concentration, and overall mood. They help to purify the air around us by absorbing the toxins, producing oxygen, and increasing the humidity. It is this very reason why indoor gardens and indoor plants have become very popular. An increasing number of people are investing their time and energy to bring the greenery indoors. Like outdoor pollution, there is indoor air pollution created by toxic emissions from synthetic building materials used during construction, viruses, airborne mold, etc. that reduces the air circulation inside the house. Plants can significantly reduce these toxins and improve the overall quality of air.
Benefits of Indoor Plants
Let us take a quick look at some of the major benefits of indoor plants.
Indoor plants help to enhance oxygen levels. Plants like succulents, orchids, epiphytic bromeliads unlike many other plants continue to release oxygen even during the night which makes them a great addition to your bedrooms.
Plants release water. They release approximately 97% of the water that they take in. If you keep many plants in the room, they will help to increase the humidity level. This is particularly beneficial for dry regions. This can reduce incidences of dry skin, dry coughs, sore throats, and cold.
Plants are capable of removing about 87% of the toxins or volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs consist of harmful substances that are found in objects like rugs, cigarette smoke, vinyl, grocery bags, etc. these VOCs get trapped in the air which can affect health.
Strengthening & Sharpening Focus
Various studies have revealed that plants can help improve concentration level by 70% which is why they are a valuable addition in classrooms.
Window Treatments Best for your Home Plants
With so many benefits we can say that indoor plants are a must for your homes. However, it is not an easy job to tend to plants. While all of them may not be high maintenance, nevertheless it is important to keep an eye on the plants. Some need direct sunlight for few hours, some require indirect sunlight. But light and sun are important for the healthy growth of plants. What is essential is that you control the amount of natural light that enters your home. Let us see which window treatments can help your home plants to flourish and grow well.
Solar shades are great for homes that receive a lot of sunlight, particularly during the summer months. The sun’s rays can be harsh and not all plants can survive the direct rays of the sun. The leaves can turn yellow and start drooping. Solar shades are made of woven fabric with varying degrees of transparency. They range between 1% and 5% or between 6% and 15%. Lower transparency means less light. For more light and outside view you can opt for a greater transparency level like 10%. For plants that require little or less light, you can go with solar shades with 1% or 3% transparency and for plants that need more light, you can settle for transparency of 10% or more. These blinds help to filter the light and block out the harmful UV rays. They also work great as outdoor blinds, installed on the exteriors of your home.
Light Filtering Roller Blinds
Roller blinds can be of different types like light filtering, blackout, and room darkening. Plants need an abundance of light but not direct sunlight most of the time. Room darkening and blackout privacy shades will cut out light without which your plants will not survive. Light filtering roller shades are a great choice of window treatment for your beautiful plants. They create the perfect ambiance for your plants to grow. You can choose from different colors and textures to create stunning decor for your house and a comfortable home for your plants.
If you are looking for a well-lit airy room sans the glares of the sun and harmful UV rays, sheer shades make a perfect addition for your home plants. They create a soft pleasant ambiance inside the house where the plants get their due share of light and are saved from the harsh rays. Sheer shades or Roman shades and drapes using sheer fabric work brilliantly.
If you have large sliding doors then you can opt for sheer vertical shades. They will protect the plants from a flood of direct sunlight.
Use any of these window treatments to create a pleasant environment where your plants can thrive and be nurtured.