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We’re all spending more time at home these days, so why not enhance your space by bringing the beauty of nature inside? Adding flowers to your home décor is a great way to freshen up any room, and there are many benefits of bringing beautiful blooms indoors, too.
Valerie Ghitelman, vice president of product development at 1-800-Flowers.com, knows first-hand what benefits bouquets and potted plants can have in your interior space. Here’s her reasoning why filling your home with flowers is a good idea.
Cultivate certain moods
Your home sets the tone for your day and can influence your well-being and outlook on life. You can control that mood by filling your space with flowers that cultivate the mindset you want.
“When I see a bouquet with a softer palette, I feel calm and serene, so I find it lowers my stress level,” says Valerie. “I prefer soft pastels because I find pastels are relaxing. I also enjoy white flowers that have a sense of calm and provide a tranquil environment. Bright colors are exciting and can really boost your energy and make you feel very exhilarated and happy.”
You can change your floral arrangement coloring based on the room — soft neutrals for a relaxing bedroom, or bright accent colors in the dining room to foster lively conversation.
Flowers are natural conversation starters
Choosing floral arrangements that resonate with your personality lets you stand out from the crowd while also being a natural conversation starter in your home décor.
“I am very fond of cymbidium orchids because of their shape, beauty, and their color, as well as their ability to last so long,” Valerie says. “They are a statement flower that sits high above many others, elegant and statuesque, so much so that even a single stem is a talking point.”
Add a sense of intentionality to your space
A bouquet of fresh flowers adds the finishing touch to any room and can even make the space feel staged for a showing. Choose your indoor flowers carefully to cultivate the aesthetic you are looking for. For example, Valerie loves the soft petals and almost translucent colors of peonies for their ability to calm down a busy décor space and tie competing elements together.
You’ll feel more in touch with nature
There are endless benefits associated with bringing a sense of the outdoors into your home. “Today, more than ever, people are inspired by nature and how flowers and plants can bring them closer to nature and enhance their environment and create natural ambiance,” says Valerie.
Consider bringing big potted plants into your living room or using hanging baskets to offset a window. You’ll benefit from the fresh, filtered air they produce as well as from the mental health benefits associated with being in nature.
And counterintuitively, keeping large plants in your home can create the perception of more room. “Having a natural environment in your home can make you feel like you have more space and you are a part of the outdoors, which is very enlightening,” Valerie says.
Elevate your mood
It’s hard to have a bad day when you’re surrounded by beauty. Research shows that flowers improve our mental health by triggers happy emotions and even positive social behaviors.
Bright colors are exciting and can really boost your energy and make you feel very exhilarated and happy.
VP, product development and design
For example, one Harvard study found that decorating with a fresh bouquet for even one week led participants to feel more compassion for others, experience less worry and anxiety, and develop fewer feelings of depression. Best of all, these effects lasted for them while at work, even when flowers weren’t present at the office.
Positively influence your sense of smell
The world of scents is a billion-dollar industry. Who doesn’t love to fill their home with candles and essential oils on occasion? But if you want to enjoy fresh floral scents in their purest form, there’s nothing that compares to flower bouquets in your home.
“Flowers possess a unique and wholesome fragrance that can be uplifting and pleasurable,” Valerie says. “All flowers have a natural scent, but some have a more provocative fragrance that is truly unforgettable. Your sense of smell is also connected to memory, so if you smell a specific flower while you’re relaxed, you may feel the same relaxation and calm when you remember that scent.”
If you’re choosing flowers for their fragrance potential, Ghitelman suggests a bouquet of lilies, roses, hyacinth, garden roses, peony, oriental lilies, freesia, lily of the valley, gardenia or honeysuckle.
Get the satisfaction of caretaking
When your world shrinks down to the size of your home, there’s a lot of satisfaction to be gained from caring for plants within it. Pruning, watering, and fertilizing potted plants gives you something external to focus on each day. As Valerie says, it’s rewarding to have a room full of healthy plants that are only there because of you.
Add a pop of color
For those who get bored with the same styling for too long, flowers offer a quick way to switch things up. A bold-hued bouquet can add a pop of color to neutral spaces like bathrooms, and you can change up the color scheme every week.
Bring flowers into your home for beauty and a better mood
No matter your goals, bringing flowers into your home will offer innumerable benefits for your health and happiness. Consider adding some to your home today, and your space will be more pleasant for it.
It’s hard to beat this all-natural décor for versatility, ability to boost your mood, and potential to make a significant impact from a small addition.