“The Earth laughs in flowers” Ralph Waldo Emerson
It doesn’t take much observation, at any rate, to realise that much of what we call our home is manufactured, moulded and furnished with un-natural accessories. What can be one of the most effective remedies for softening a space or generating a more homely and personal feel is through the incorporation of flowers and further floral elements within your home.
There are many uses of flora you can utilise to your advantage and three of the main ones we love revolve around the three trademark characteristics of flowers.
A greeting scent
Lilly’s and roses, Hyacinth’s and Freesia. These are some of the most beautifully scenting flowers that would sit perfectly in a hallway or feature room to create a memorable first impression for guests and family. Being clever and appropriate in selecting the right flowers that give off a scent which lasts but doesn’t overwhelm is the aim. For an entrance hall, the smell of lilies would be ideal as its smell is soft and sweet and not too potent over a period of exposure.
A visual pleasure
For both commercial and domestic environments, the use of plants and flowers work to visually freshen up a revitalise a space. Within a bar or large commercial space we’d recommend, and have used in the past, palm trees and created a rainforest scheme. The palm trees were so effective in generating a much needed diversity and organic feel to the space.
Within your kitchen, arranging a selection of colourful flowers in yellows and greens, pinks and whites, will appease the eye and visually break up the chunks of furniture that you may have.
An emotional healer
Floral arrangements, believe it or not, provide a simple and easy way to improved emotional health.
According to behavioural research conducted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, flowers trigger happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behaviour in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed.
Flowers, as we’ve learned, make a space more welcoming in that it visually appeases the eye and provides us with a memorable scent to go away with. But, flowers also provide a symbolic meaning to them, and the study conducted also revealed that the common location of flowers within peoples homes, namely, in entrance halls, lounges, and kitchens, showed that we use flowers to please people of the public (accounting for why we have them in public spaces within our homes).
Results of findings:
- Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed “true” or “excited” smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. This reaction was universal, occurring in all age groups.
- They have a long-term positive effect on moods. Specifically, study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction.
- They make intimate connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.
So there we have it, Flowers and plants can provide commercial and domestic benefit, and in fact the use of flowers within spaces has a direct influence on the welfare of people of all ages. Why not head to your nearest florist and buy some for yourself and reap the benefits first-hand!
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