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Create the feel of nature indoors

Nature is random. In the natural environment, vegetation exists at all stages of growth, from saplings to tall trees. Meadow flowers share spaces with bushes and shrubs, and the occasional tree. Trees and bushes often grow in scattered clusters and there is a mix of species. How can you recreate this natural variety indoors?

  • Scatter and cluster - Don’t lay out plants in a regular, even fashion. Instead, group plants together in small clusters and place them at irregular intervals. Use the floor as well as other surfaces if you can. Check that everyone has a view of some foliage even if they don't have plants right next to their desk.

  • Mix it up! - You might think it stylish to have matched plants and pots regularly spaced around an office. But plants aren’t pieces of furniture! Add some variety by using a mixture of plant species and varieties. Combine trees or large bushy plants and smaller herbaceous types. Mix bold foliage with more delicate, feathery styles. Think about the variety of shades of green (let alone variegation) available.

  • Be random! - Ambius-led research has shown that giving office workers some say in the design of their work space gives great benefits to people’s physical and psychological well-being. And this of course leads to improved productivity. Organisations can benefit from this by including colleagues in the choice of plants.

Productivity up by over 15% Absenteeism drops, job satisfaction up by up to 9% Wellbeing increases by 40%.

Building Syndrome symptoms reduced by up to 25% Stress and Blood pressure reduced.

Negative moods reduced by up to 50% Specifically.


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