In an increasingly connected world, getting enough sleep has become a challenge for many people. While changing your pillows or researching new innerspring mattresses online may seem to help your rest, the real goal is to make your bedroom a place that helps relieve stress. Being in a well-designed bedroom should relax your mind and body. Surprisingly, that’s where nature comes in.
You’ve probably noticed the relaxing effects of spending time in nature. A walk in the park or stroll along the beach can relieve tensions and stress in minutes. Scientists have begun to study the phenomenon and have found that spending time in nature reduces activity in the part of the brain responsible for depressive thoughts and feelings.
Hospital administrators have already picked up on the value of nature during stressful times. Gardens have been added to many hospitals as doctors noticed an improvement in the health of patients who spent more time outdoors. Most noticeably, their stress levels went down. With less stress, patients healed faster.
When it comes to interior design, incorporating natural elements like houseplants can have a similar effect on your emotional well-being.
How to Use Houseplants to Relax the Mind and Body
Houseplants are a simple way to add greenery and life to your bedroom. They inherently bring the colors, smells, and textures of nature into your bedroom. Not all houseplants are created equal. Some plants are better at removing biotoxins from the air than others. A study conducted NASA found a long list of plants that can clean indoor air. Improved air quality leads to more restful sleep, clearer thinking, and improved next-day performance.
A few of the top air cleaning performers include:
Green spider plant
This isn’t an exhaustive list because many other plants clean the air. Without too much trouble, you can do some online research to find plants that both clean the air and do well in your climate.
Here are a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing:
A Top Shelf Addition
A hard to reach top shelf comes to life when decorated with potted plants. Vary the size and shape to add visual interest. If you’re worried about maintenance, you can use a watering can with a long spout.
2. Macrame Hangers
If you don’t want to take up valuable floor space, consider using macrame hangers. You can add extra color with the macrame or opt for a neutral shade for something to blend in with your bedroom decor.
3. Tall and Thin or Short and Stout
Plants come in all shapes and sizes. A corner with odd angles is the perfect place for a tall, thin plant like a palm or dracaena that uses up empty vertical space. Small plants with vines and leaves that drape to the floor make a beautiful addition to a window seal or bookshelf. Trim them to the right length or let them grow to fill the available space.
4. Wall Art
If you really want to get creative, try mounting plants to a wall. You can use corkboard to add a place for keepsakes and your favorite plant. Houseplant wall art is another option. All you need is a board and a few nails to create a one-of-a-kind piece that can be mounted on the wall and filled with your chosen plants. When using plants as art, it’s best to think outside the box.
Whether you are planning for a new home or thinking of staging your own home, you should consider adding houseplants. For staging, they can be a neutral design element that allows future owners to visualize what they would prefer in the house. People rarely complain about too many houseplants in a home (as long as they are well-maintained). Even small spaces can accommodate plants. It’s a cheap investment in beautifying your home and helping you to relax.
Samantha (Sam) Kent is a researcher for SleepHelp.org. Her favorite writing topic is how getting enough sleep can improve your life. Currently residing in Boise, Idaho, she sleeps in a California King bed, often with a cat on her face.