During the first lockdown over April 2020, 46.6% of UK workers did some sort of work at home. Now, after a second lockdown, many more people are likely to make ‘working from home’ a permanent or semi-permanent situation.
However, if you don’t live in a space that’s already optimised for home-working (i.e. with a dedicated office room or area), you might find it hard to get used to the idea. Creating a special space will help keep you focused and allow you to create some separation between your work and homelife – which is essential for maintaining a good balance during an already tough time!
One way to do this is with plants. If I’m honest, any plants will help to brighten and bring colour to any space – but there are also plants that do particularly well in office spaces for a number of reasons…
Did you know that there are harmful pollutants in the air that we breathe? If it weren’t for plants and trees, we would get very sick by breathing in these pollutants. Not only is Pothos virtually indestructible, it also has amazing air cleansing properties. According to the NASA Clean Air Study, it can help to remove pollutants such as benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene from the air, making it a very healthy addition to your office space!
The Peace Lily is just a beautiful plant – no matter how you look at it! Its graceful inflorenscences are an angelic white shade with tinges of green, and its silky, lush foliage is unobtrusive. This plant will make your office space pretty without being a distraction – and if there are more than one of you working from home, there won’t be any arguments about plants when it comes to the Peace Lily. It’s a true peace keeper!
Like many succulents, Jade is very easy to care for, only needing watering when it’s very thirsty as its leaves hold a lot of liquid. However, unlike many other succulents, Jade is considered to be lucky! If you believe in luck-bringing objects, it is said that Jade will welcome money into the home. In relation to work, this can’t be a bad thing!
For design lovers who like their office space to be at the cutting edge of trendiness, the Fiddle Leaf Fig is the perfect plant. Depending on the size of the plant when it’s purchased, the Fiddle Leaf Fig will eventually grow into a luscious tree that will fill your space with life. Note: this isn’t a plant for very small rooms!
If you prefer more colours and patterns in a plant, then Calathea could be the one for your work-from-home office space. Available in a number of varieties (pictured is a lancifolia), Calathea is foliage-rich while offering unique variegations and those signature red leaf-backs.
What plants have you displayed in your home office? Let me know in the comments below!
Michael has been involved with gardening and plants since he was just five years old. He is a self-professed Plant Geek, and was listed in the Sunday Times top 20 most influential people in the gardening world, thanks to his plant hunter role at Thompson & Morgan.
Michael was responsible for new plant introductions such as the Egg and Chips plant and the FuchsiaBerry and keeps busy travelling the world in search of new plants as well as lecturing worldwide, including stints in Japan. He is very active on social media – so why not give him a follow at @mr_plantgeek or Facebook. You can also listen to The Plant Based Podcast with Michael and co-host Ellen-Mary on iTunes, Spotify and Google.