The one thing you should have in every room of the house
In just a few weeks, winter will be over and spring will have sprung across Australia. With spring comes the delectable warm weather, cool afternoon breezes, more hours of sunshine and one of the most important things for home lovers – flowers.
Flowers are at their very best at this time of year and we think they are an absolute essential. Why? Our friends at Flowers on Tedder have given us some insight into why you should embrace the spring blooms…
Surprisingly it’s not all about appearances - flowers smell great and are one of the best natural remedies used to decrease stress levels. Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years to help calm the mind. We trigger an emotive, neurological and chemical response when we smell flowers – relaxing our entire bodies and sending our troubles straight out the window. Smells also have the ability to take us back to certain times and places, bringing back fond memories and reminding us of moments of complete joy. This can be helpful during a rough day. Their ability to evoke a state of calmness and reduce tension makes overcoming day-to-day stressful tasks all that much more pleasant – it will also make you better at your job as you can get on with tasks more effectively, without anything hindering you. Knowing this, it’s no surprise that the scent of flowers, such as roses and lavender, are the foundation of some of the most popular perfumes, candles, lotions and oils.
Improves mental health
Flower power is in fact real – studies carried out have revealed that having flowers present can considerably boost overall life satisfaction.
Researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands conducted studies in restaurant diners and found people with fresh flowers on their tables to be in considerably better moods than those without. Studies from Park and Mattson in 2008 also found that patients in hospital rooms with flowers had lower systolic blood pressure and pulse rates, were less anxious and tired and were generally happier than those in rooms without flowers. This isn’t to say that being at home is the same as staying at hospital, but if they can bring joy there – they’re sure to work some sort of magic in your home.
Anyone having trouble getting their creative juices flowing should know that all it takes is a little bit of inspiration. From a dandy daisy to a bunch of bright sunflowers – floral arrangements can boost your creativity. Researchers at the Centre for Health Systems and Design at Texas A&M University found that flowers improve people’s ability to generate ideas, work creatively, and solve problems. The studies were carried out over eight months with participants asked to problem solve in three different environments. One room had flowers, another had abstract sculptures and the third had no embellishments. Those in the rooms with flowers reportedly generated more creative and flexible solutions to problems than those in the other two rooms.
Decorates your home
While this may be the most obvious reason to have flowers in your home, it should not be overlooked. Flowers bring nature into your home and add vibrancy to everything surrounding them. Their petals bring colour to dull spaces and their soft hues signal instant relaxation - arrangements of saturated colours can bring energy into a room and brighter coloured flowers can have a relaxing effect. The right arrangement can bring luxury, simplicity and professionalism to any room.
As if you needed another reason to have flowers in your home – they also make your place more inviting to guests. Nothing says ‘Hello and welcome to my humble abode’ like a beautiful bunch of fresh flowers. People will naturally be immediately drawn to them and they’re sure to be a great conversation starter as soon as anyone new enters the room and sees them for the first time.
For longer lasting flowers, make sure you buy locally – you’ll be looking after the environment too.