Studios are often overwrought with black cables, synthesizer stands, amplifiers and microphones. Music gear is traditionally all black and it can seriously put a damper on the interior design dreams for your studio. How can we incorporate some more color while also gaining cleaner air & a few pops of beauty? Let us welcome you to the world of indoor plants.
BBC informs us “Plants are really important for the planet and for all living things. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen from their leaves, which humans and other animals need to breathe.” Now, let’s get something out in the open first. We’ve heard quite the debate when it comes to whether or not plants truly do transform the air quality by, in layman’s terms, “eating” the toxic chemicals that are released into our air by many of the other elements in our home. If you’re familiar with Proposition 65 in California, you may have noticed that many of your household items come home with this sticker from the store. Even if there are only trace elements of any of the chemicals listed in this proposition, it will still have this warning label letting the purchaser know that it may cause cancer to interact with these chemicals.
So, it is those very toxic elements that some plants claim to take out of the air. These chemicals include formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, benzene and more. Those who argue that plants do not assist in air filtering are mostly saying that it would take many plants in a large space. Another element that we must consider is the chemicals that are being measured in this research. Whether it’s true or not, we can all agree that they add to the beauty of a space, perhaps even having a calming effect.
When it comes to choosing what type of plant you’re looking for in your studio space, you must first take into consideration the amount of light available. We all have different styles of working and therefore different styles of lighting in those conditions. Some of us are night owls and otherwise write the best after that morning cup of coffee, while half of the world is still asleep. If you’ve really got a bit of time on your hands and you’re more of a person who is more inspired in a dark space, often keeping the curtains drawn during the day, you can still choose a plant that thrives with full sun, as long as you’re willing to more it into a lit space and then back into your studio space after the sunlight sets. We know that this is a bit of work, but it may be worth it if you’re looking for a particular style plant.
Ultimately, no matter what the reason is for bringing plants to your studio lifestyle, it’s safe to say that it’s always encouraging to have something that is alive and needs a little bit of TLC in your creative space. Despite what we may sometimes underestimate about the liveliness of plants, we should consider that they are just as alive as our beloved pets, they’re just a bit quieter and move much slower.