There’s no denying that work can be stressful. One way to counteract the demands of your job is to do it in a space that makes you feel more relaxed.
Enter: plants. According to Codi Leitner — Community and Events Manager at direct-to-consumer plant company Bloomscape — multiple studies have shown that greenery can have a positive impact on your well-being in the office, from improved idea generation and better concentration to higher productivity and overall happiness. A bonus? “Plants act as a natural air purifier and are incredibly effective at removing toxins found in everyday materials like paint, carpets, and plastics,” Leitner says.
If you’re ready to go green in your private office, the below tips can help you choose plants that will thrive in your space.
Consider the light.
Daria Snyder of landscape design company Blondies Treehouse, Inc., says that lighting is one of the first factors she and her team look at. “The more natural light a plant gets, the better.” (Industrious locations have plenty of natural light, which means members have a ton of options to choose from.)
If you’re looking to place a plant in a space that doesn’t get much sun — whether for a home office or out of the way corner — try a low-light variety, such as the money tree, Dracaena Janet Craig, or Philodendron Heartleaf. And if it’s still not getting enough sun, Leitner suggests giving your plant a weekly light bath by moving it somewhere with good light.
Assess the size.
It’s important to pick plants that are in proportion to the space. As Snyder puts it: “Nothing looks worse than walking into an airy lobby and seeing tiny floor plants.” So if the ceilings are high, go with something tall and narrow instead of bushy and wide.
“And don’t forget that floor plants will grow up and out,” Leitner notes. The rule of thumb at Bloomscape is to have at least a foot of space in every direction for small plants, one-and-a-half feet for medium ones, and two feet for large ones to ensure they have room to grow.
Pick the right location.
Don’t overlook details such as foot traffic, which can affect elements like airflow and humidity. For example, if you have high-humidity plants such as ferns or begonias in a room that people are constantly walking through, “it’ll be difficult to keep them from drying out,” Leitner says. “They don’t like environmental changes.” Floor plants such as philodendron and dracaena, on the other hand, are more tolerant of heavily-trafficked areas.
Before you add a desk plant, think hard about giving up that precious space. “If you have multiple monitors and like to scatter things around, consider putting up a small shelf to hold a plant,” Leitner says. “You don’t want to be resentful of the space your plant is taking up.”
Keep them low maintenance.
“When you’re in your office, you want to focus on work and not the health of your plants,” Leitner says. “Low-maintenance plants won’t mind if you’re away for a week and don’t water them.” They can also tolerate a range of temperatures and humidity levels. Some popular options include sansevieria, money trees, and the ZZ plant.
Follow the trends.
Like fashion and food, something new is always in when it comes to plants. According to Snyder, trends are steering toward large and leafy plants that have giant leaves and make a big statement, such as the fiddle-leaf fig tree. “The overgrown look is also popular, using many different plants and mixing planters to create a warmer, more residential feel in offices.”
Leitner says that colorful plants are becoming increasingly popular — and she isn’t talking about ones with flowers. “People are loving variegated leaves, which have multiple colors like white, yellow, pink, and purple,” she says. Examples include spiderwort (green and purple leaves) and Peperomia Ginny (green leaves with red edges).” These plants can add texture to your space, making it an even warmer space to spend your day in.
Each Industrious location is filled with natural light and lush greenery to bring out the best in your team. Learn more about how Industrious can help your business thrive.