Businesses adorn their spaces with indoor plants for many different reasons. For example, a hotel may want to place inviting palms in its lobby so that guests are greeted by vibrant foliage. In an office, plants may be used to provide employees with a connection to nature while they spend countless hours indoors working. Recent studies have confirmed the long-held beliefs that the addition of plants can improve employee productivity and workplace satisfaction.
There are other more obvious reasons why plants are so often found indoors: the inherent beauty of plant life and the sweet smells they provide in the instance of fresh floral displays. Here at Ambius, we often educate our customers about the tenets of Biophilia (the concept that humanity has an innate need to be connected to nature). How many hours do you spend indoors as opposed to outdoors? If you’re anything like the average American, you spend 90% or more of your time indoors.
How can you reaffirm your business’ connection to the outdoor world? Below we’ve compiled 4 surprising ways to use plants indoors to spark your imagination.
Break Up Large Areas
The vast expanses of open space found in airports, stations, shopping malls and open plan offices look sparse and intimidating unless “broken up” by familiar objects. Plants are the most common solution, providing natural divides and reference points that make the space look more friendly and inviting.
Use for Educational Purposes
Bringing a little of nature indoors, especially in urban areas where people may not have had much exposure to plant life can be both stimulating and educational. Where else, other than the tropical plant houses of botanical gardens, will you see the variety of exotic and unusual plant species usually on display in shopping centers and large office atria? The increasing use by many establishments of plant labeling, with information on species, origins and history, is increasing this benefit even further and encouraging people to take more interest in their surroundings.
Reflect Your Culture
In the multinational world of commerce, every country has businesses, whether banks, hotels, manufacturing facilities or airlines, from every corner of the globe. Many of them are proud of their origins and wish to reflect it in the style of building they occupy and the way it is furnished. This doesn’t always just apply to the decor, fittings and building design; companies are increasingly turning to interior landscaping to make a national or cultural statement. The stones, water and plants that form the basis of Japanese gardens in many Far Eastern organizations are an obvious example. So too are the native flora and accessories used by many our Ambius branches throughout the world.
Soften and Hide Design Features
However well designed, most buildings have features that are best kept covered, such as service areas, storage facilities and harsh structural elements. Plants, with their wide range of size, shape, habit and leaf form provide an elegant solution that is both attractive and functional. Likewise, great walls can be used to create a continuous area of greenery on the interior and exterior of buildings.