Do you ever think you’d love to regularly put a vase of fresh flowers on your dining room table to brighten your mood? What stops you? Time? Cost? Feeling like it’s an extravagance that you can live without? Think again. There are lots of physical, mental, and psychological benefits when fresh flowers grace your home and work place.
Restaurants Often Use Flowers
Have you ever noticed how many restaurants place a vase of flowers on each table? Wageningen University’s researcher in the Netherlands studied restaurant diners and found that people with fresh flowers on their tables seem to be in better moods.
Flowers on Your Desk
Even our cognitive abilities are enhanced in the workplace by adding flowers and plants, according to a study done by Raanaas, Evensen, Rich, Sjostrom, and Patil. Think about adding flowers or a plant to your office desk- both at work and at home. You’ll be more productive, even though the effort to make certain they’re watered (and fertilized if it's a plant) takes some extra effort. They’re worth it, so add it to your calendar!
Just viewing green leafy plants is associated with being more creative according to research done by Shibata and Suzuki. Need some new ideas? Bring some flowers or a green, leafy plant into your space at the office, or anywhere else you need creative ideas or solutions. They also freshen the air by providing more oxygen! Wow!
Our Physical & Mental Health:
Research consistently links flowers and plants with happiness, health and prosperity. The research by Park and Mattson in 2008 confirmed that patients in hospital rooms brightened with flowers and potted plants were less anxious and tired, needed less postoperative pain medication, had lower blood pressure and pulse rates, and were in a more positive psychological state than patients in rooms without them.
Selecting Flowers’ Hues
Keep in mind that research shows the following:
- Lighter pastels and brighter colors are more relaxing.
- Bold saturated hues tend to energize people;
- Colors that are analogous on the color wheel (next to one another) tend to be more calming;
- Complementary hues (like red & green; yellow & violet; orange and blue) tend to invigorate people. (Any wonder why University of Washington school colors are purple & gold, or orange & blue are University of Florida’s colors?) photo credit: orange roses red alstroemeria Peruvian lilies and yellow viking poms in a short burlap canvas vase on a table via photopin (license)
photo credit: orange roses red alstroemeria Peruvian lilies and yellow viking poms in bell shaped glass on a table via photopin (license)
Longer Lasting Arrangements
People are often frustrated because they want the arrangements to last longer than a few days. Here are some suggestions to extend the life of your cut flowers:
- Ask your florist to use only flowers that will live longer in an arrangement. Iris (my personal favorites) are infamous for lasting a few days at best, for instance, so they aren't great candidates for an arrangement.
- Make certain that the vase you’re using has been cleaned with hot soapy water (or better yet has been washed in the dishwasher) to avoid bacteria that will kill your new cut flowers.
- Use sharp scissors to trim stems so that they aren’t damaged and can’t take in water. Trim them at a slight angle, and remove leaves that will sit in the water.
- Trim flower stems at least a 1/2” when you first get the flowers before putting them in a vase.
- Add water daily. Change the water completely every 2-3 days.
- Trim 1/2” of your stems off every time you change the water.
- Place your flowers away from heat and sunlight or bright light, and put them preferably in a darker, cool spot.
- If you’re placing flowers in the kitchen, don’t place them near ripening fruit (especially apples or bananas) as they'll last a shorter time.
- Use flower food for all flowers except gladiolas, sunflowers and zinnias.
Previous Post on Plants
Some of you might have read my previous post on the value of plants, “Plants Improve Almost EVERYTHING!” I wrote on 4/27/15: https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=7330736640947498406#editor/target=post;postID=63259628453757409;onPublishedMenu=posts;onClosedMenu=posts;postNum=23;src=postname
If not, go back and read that post when you’re done here- it’s a post about the virtue of plants - and the research regarding this is amazing!
Other floral arrangements on houzz.com that I love include:
I am so excited about all these findings that I’m running out after I post this entry on my blog to buy some flowers! I already have more than a dozen plants in my home! What an easy way to improve concentration and memory, increase productivity, stay healthy, and lower stress! Want help including flowers and plants in your home or office? Write a comment below. You can also contact me through my website, www.TransformationsforInteriors.com and we can talk! I look forward to hearing from you!