With everyone spending more time in their homes in 2020, and with anxiety and mental health issues becoming more prevalent, we wanted to share some simple techniques to help calm our minds and provide a sense of sanctuary in our interiors.

We know that plants improve air quality. They manufacture oxygen and soak up carbon dioxide as well as removing toxic chemicals from the air, including known carcinogens: benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. Small tests have shown that plants can alter mood, decrease blood pressure and increase alertness and productivity.

If you’re an amateur plant-parent or you want to dip your toe in, start off with something fail-safe like a Devil’s Ivy or a Sansevieria Trifasciata, also known as a Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law’s Tongue. Let the tendrils of the Devil trail themselves along your walls and cascade down mantles.

If you have a little wiggle room, a Monstera Deliciosa makes a statement and provides a broad tropical leaf. A Rubber Plant or Fiddle Leaf Fig give you a similar style without too much fuss. A smaller plant piece like a Peace Lily or a Philodendron Xanadu are just as wondrous.

Zanzibar Gem, Golden Cane Palm, Boston Fern, Chinese Money Plant and Spider Plant are some of our other favourites. Let them conquer your indoor space and blur the lines between indoors and out for a dramatic effect.

Lift them up to where they belong, we have lots of pieces available to raise, style and support your plants. Nestle them in our Latitude Tall Planter or perch them on one of our stools, suss out all of these guys and more online.

*Please don’t eat your plants. Some plants are toxic to pets and children and should not be ingested. Please speak to your GP if you think you may be suffering with anxiety.

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