The best office plants
There are many facets to office interior design: Layout, furniture, even choosing the right types of artwork for the workplace. One aspect that is often overlooked during the corporate office design process is the flora and fauna. Research from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has shown that indoor plants reduce workplace illness and sick day absence, which can have huge benefits for the bottom line – especially with the tight margins that can come with running an SME.
On top of this, plants in the office can increase employee wellbeing, productivity, enhance your image with clients and even contribute significantly towards an offices Indoor Environmental Quality criteria. So evidently, it is well worth considering the plants you will use when conducting an office fitout. But what are the benefits of each type of flora?
The UTS research says that nearly all green plants will all perform photosynthetic functions in the office, reducing carbon dioxide emissions while also creating fresh oxygen around the office. Spider plants have become part of the natural landscape in parts of Western Australia, and can also be a striking addition to your commercial interior design thanks to its draped design.
Called chlorophytum cosmum in Latin, it is actually descended from the lily. It requires little maintenance, and is a simple, easy, attractive plant to boost your office appeal. Even better, it can thrive in shade or low sun – perfect for an commercial interior design that is short on natural light.
According to research from the Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Hawaii, rubber plants rate very highly when it comes to cleaning the air indoors. It researched a wide variety of flora for the effects each species had on indoor air, allocating a figure from 1 to 10 based on its performance. The rubber plant scored a 9, meaning it is excellent for this.
Moreover, it is a very easy plant to maintain and grow, which can deal well with low light. The ficus elastica is an easy plant to place in small pots around the office, and could be a great piece to add to employee desks.
While not as efficient at removing pollutants from the air as the rubber plant, the lady fern (rhapis excelsa) is incredibly adaptable, and thus a popular choice for offices and other indoor applications all around the world. It may require maintenance or a specialised dwarf version, however, as it can reach more than three metres in height. Plants in the office are excellent, but if they dominate a space it may give a messy feel to your workplace.
Size is an important factor to remember for any accessories in your office fitout. It is important to know your finalised floor plan and where office plants will be located before you buy, so they fill out space appropriately and can provide visual stimulus for workers or clients, rather than be hidden away in a corner.
This plant does what it says on the tin, and provides a relaxing feel to any office. It comes recommended by Gardening Australia on the ABC, which adds that it is another indoor plant that can survive on little to no light. In addition to the photosynthetic qualities, it is also a compact plant that can fit well with a monochromatic aesthetic in the office.
Lifehacker recommends monitoring the humidity in your office with a peace lily, as it can require water care. This is a pertinent point for any office fitout – if you want to incorporate plants into the corporate office design, make sure they can all exist in similar conditions, so air condition and humidity do not have to be regulated differently in separate areas of the office to keep them alive.
This could prove costly – plants that all require similar conditions can keep your workplace flora fresh for longer.
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Another recommendation from the ABC for Australian offices, this plant can grow up to two metres in height, and has firm, rigid leaves that make an excellent statement for entrance areas or corner offices, bordering your office furniture. Smaller varieties are also excellent for desks, and with the right care they can last for several years.
They have been described as virtually indestructible, and its yellow stripe makes for a nice splash of colour among the green. Consider it for areas that you aren’t sure will be conducive to other plant growth.
For a smaller, more delicate plant in the office, these daisies can be ideal. Greenpeace Australia notes that the flowers can also clear a room of benzene and trichloroethylene. These flowers will also bloom in winter, making them an excellent choice for businesses considering a commercial office fitout in the near future.
The benefits of having plants and flowers in the office are clear. When you work with A1 Office Fitouts, we can incorporate plants into an office layout and create a space that emphasises the cleanliness and beauty that they convey, helping to foster a healthy and productive environment – contact us today to see how this can be achieved.