• News
  • The Larger The Leaf, The Greater The Benefit

The Larger The Leaf, The Greater The Benefit

Integrating plants into your workspace offers more than just aesthetic appeal. Time and time again, research has shown that plants can have a positive impact on a person's mental health and overall wellbeing, but plants can also provide an organic solution to unwanted noise.

With open office layouts being preferred more and more, thanks to the flexibility and collaboration some say they offer, it's no wonder that minimizing sound bleed and controlling noise levels throughout each space is top of mind when our clients come to us for help designing their spaces.

Amongst various product offerings from MillerKnoll and Filzfelt, we love to recommend incorporating more natural additions to help maintain a comfortable lull throughout your workspace. It turns out, larger groupings of smaller plants, and even larger plants with larger leaves - the largest plants the space or corner can accommodate - can effectively work to minimize the sound by up to -18Db!

Some of the most effective sound reducing plants

Beyond contributing to a more comfortable office volume, the inclusion of any plants in the home and workplace have been known to provide the below additional key benefits:

  • Improved Air Quality: Plants act as natural air purifiers, absorbing harmful pollutants and releasing oxygen. This can help reduce the concentration of indoor air pollutants, enhancing overall air quality and promoting better respiratory health.
  • Enhanced Productivity: Studies have demonstrated that the presence of plants in the workplace can boost productivity. Greenery has been linked to increased concentration, creativity, and cognitive function, leading to higher efficiency and performance among employees.
  • Stress Reduction: The sight of plants and nature has a calming effect on the mind, helping to reduce stress and anxiety levels. Incorporating green elements into the office environment can create a more relaxed and tranquil atmosphere, promoting greater well-being and job satisfaction.
  • Better Overall Health and Wellness: Exposure to nature has been linked to numerous health benefits, including lower blood pressure, reduced fatigue, and improved mood. By bringing elements of the outdoors inside, workplaces can promote employee health and well-being.

From improving air quality and productivity to reducing stress and enhancing well-being, greenery can have a profound impact on both employees and the overall work environment. By embracing biophilic design principles and integrating plants into office spaces, businesses can create healthier, happier, and more productive workplaces for their employees.

Looking for inspiration? MillerKnoll offers many great options for bringing plants into your workplace. Some of our current favorite ways to show off your office greenery are below:

Herman Miller, Story Planter
Muuto, Kink Vase
Crate and Barrel, Emery Planter
Design Within Reach, Tess Planter