Adding Plants to the Entryway and Lobby Can Change the Ambiance and Feel of a Space
You don’t have to be an environmental psychologist to understand that plants look attractive. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that lobby plant benefits go far beyond their aesthetic appeal.
Recent research has shown that indoor plants are good for buildings and people in a variety of subtle ways. Plants provide more than a decorative touch to the indoor environment. Consider some lobby and entryway plant benefits.
PLANTS INCREASE WELL-BEING AND PRODUCTIVITY
Most people seem to have a firm connection with flowers, plants, and trees, which is why we like to have them in our work place and our homes. The Biophilia hypothesis – which suggests that we have a connection with and love of nature – is just as true when we’re at work.
Most of us know instinctively that being close to greenery makes us feel more at ease with our surroundings. We experience less stress when there are plants around us.
Office plants ensure buildings are quieter and more relaxed but, at the same time, more stimulating and interesting. A substantial body of academic research has shown conclusively that interior landscaping has dramatic effects on the well-being of building occupants.
Interior landscaping plays a vital role in providing a pleasant and tranquil environment in which to move, work or relax. Indoor plant areas bring people together and create an environment for cooperation and collaboration.
Visual contact with nature reduces the fatigue associated with intense concentration. Plants can help to replenish the attentional system so people can refocus quickly after short “nature” breaks (R. Kaplan and S. Kaplan 1990, S. Kaplan 1995).
Live plants can brighten any hotel lobby, office space entrwa and lobby, or restaurant entry, and offer many healthful benefits. The biophilic properties of plants are proven to alleviate stress, inspire productivity, and create a more healthful work atmosphere.
PLANTS IMPROVE ECONOMICS AND PERCEIVED VALUE
Indoor plants in hospitality and retail settings are also proven to increase the perceived value of the surrounding products and services. In addition to looking good and making people happy, plants add a sense of luxury and prestige to a space.
People subconsciously associate tropical plants with success and feel more confident in working and dealing with companies that have plants in their indoor environment.
Ferns, palms, and flowering plants are especially effective in creating a luxurious ambiance. These plants are often used in the finest hotels, restaurants, office building lobbies, and high-end luxury homes.
Most successful corporate headquarters and prestigious office buildings have indoor plants.
Indoor plants play an important role in interior design. They bring in a living element that is portable, growing, and ever-changing, for a fraction of the cost of a new wall or architectural element.
- They provide function and form while looking beautiful.
- They add color to complement any décor.
- They enhance the design without interfering with other important design elements.
Indoor plant displays can be especially useful as space design and management aids in commercial buildings, as they form natural screens and partitions, ideal in open plan settings. They help guide people around a space.
Most plants in individual pots can be moved as the needs of the tenants and visitors change, something most walls cannot do.
PLANTS CREATE VISUAL DEPTH AND DELINEATE SPACES
Large, cavernous spaces, such as building lobbies and shopping malls, can seem intimidating and uninviting. People can feel exposed in big, empty spaces, especially in unfamiliar surroundings. Introducing plants can interrupt that space, creating visual depth and breaking the space into smaller, cozier, more appealing areas.
Plants can act as room dividers, creating smaller, more intimate spaces within a building lobby where people can meet and review their notes prior to attending a business meeting.
Tall ceilings can also be daunting and make a visitor feel small and vulnerable. Introducing tall plants with a canopy of foliage into such a setting creates a “false ceiling” by visually lowering the space overhead.
As an example, tall, well-spaced ficus trees can turn a large lobby or shopping mall into an inviting indoor garden space. Introducing a 15-foot-tall ficus tree in a space with 50-foot ceilings can visually bring the ceiling down to a more manageable 12- to a 15-foot height. The heavier the canopy of foliage, the greater the reduction in perceived overhead space.
Tall palm trees and shorter tree ferns effectively bring the visual ceiling of this space down to a more comfortable level in two stages. The airiness of the canopy keeps these two levels from being too heavy.
PLANTS CHANGE THE ACOUSTICS AND MUFFLE SOUND
Plants help to reduce the amount of noise without altering the overall design of the space in several ways.
Research has shown that indoor plants are effective in absorbing sound, especially in rooms with a lot of hard surfaces and very little upholstery or cloth.
Plants improved acoustics by reflecting and diffracting sound waves, making the interior space less noisy and more inviting.
PLANTS ADD COLOR AND INTEREST
Plants can add splashes and dashes of color to an otherwise monotone setting. We think of plants as being green, yet there are many shades of green. Leaves can vary from deep green to olive green, blue-green, silver-green, or neon-lime green, to name a few possibilities.
Just as spices add interest to a meal, plants add color and interest in subtle or more vivid ways. Leaves can be variegated white, silver, yellow, red, purple, or orange, or even have markings in multiple colors in the case of croton foliage, as an example.
Vibrant-colored plants stand out while darker shades of green or deep maroon recede, adding depth and acting as a background in plant groupings. Juxtaposing plants of different shades adds more allure and visual appeal in masses of plants.
So plants fulfill many needs in the interior design and function of a building. They cost less than expensive artwork and far less than the construction costs of building new walls or lowering the ceiling.
Yet they contribute so much more, improving our health, lowering our stress, and improving the way our brain works. No other living element in the built environment gives back so much while looking beautiful.
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