It is important to open your windows and let nature into your home for many reasons. Letting the fresh air in will not only air out your home, but it also has a number of health benefits for you and your family; promoting air circulation will rid rooms of stale air and prevent mould growth and condensation.
Taking things one step further, to literally welcome nature into your home, look to introduce houseplants and flowers throughout living and bedroom spaces. Houseplants can really add to the atmosphere of your home and are a great way to introduce bursts of colour. In addition to the aesthetic benefits of florals, certain plants also carry health benefits, such as improved air quality.
Opening the windows and letting the fresh air in is guaranteed to improve ventilation and air quality in your child’s bedroom. Not only will it let the stale air and dust out of your home, but increased ventilation through opening the windows also has health benefits. Opening your child’s bedroom window will promote their mental and physical wellbeing. From improving their blood pressure, to lifting the production of the feel-good hormone, serotonin, as well as helping to promote a stronger immune system!
Research by NASA has shown that there are a number of houseplants that work to create cleaner air by removing indoor pollutants. These plants produce negative ions and, similarly to air purifiers they remove particles such as dust, mould spores and bacteria from the air. There are a variety of plants which work well to purify the air including English Ivy, Snake Plants and Pineapple Plants, all of which could be potted and placed in your child’s bedroom.
Just as there are specific plants that help to keep the air clean, there are others that aid sleep. There are many stress reducing and sleep inducing plants which make great addition to children’s bedrooms for obvious reasons. Lavender is one of the most popular and well-known sleep-inducing plants; its scent is super relaxing and calming making it a great bedside plant. Other sleep-inducing plants include Gardenia and Jasmine. Air purifying English Ivy also helps to improve the sleep of those with allergies as it removes allergens from the air.
As previously touched on, houseplants are an interior gem. With plants available in different sizes, the bigger ones can be placed on the floor in extravagant pots, the smaller ones can be dotted around, and the sun loving flowers and plants are ideal for placing on the windowsill. Shelves and table tops are great for those miniature houseplants, which also look great perched on the integrated shelves of stylish cabin beds from Room to Grow.
5.Connect with Nature
Bringing plants indoors and opening the windows is a great way to begin to connect with nature. Connecting with nature is particularly beneficial for children in so many ways; including improved concentration and reduced stress. Keeping houseplants can also help to teach them valuable skills such as looking after plants, watering them and learning how to keep them.
With all of the health and design benefits of bringing the outdoors indoors, it is no wonder houseplants are so popular. Introducing a carefully selected plant or two into your child’s room will be a great move for their health and will help connect them with the outdoors.
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