The effects of Covid-19 weren’t just the symptoms of the virus. The global lockdowns forced people to stay at home and to look at their domestic environment. Some started painting, while others watched the whole season of “Emily in Paris” in one day. Beauty and the skincare routine became an Instagrammable moment. So did exercising at home.
But there is one trend that pleased everyone, from the lazy person to the active one. One trend united people all over the world, linking lockdowns and connecting communities. What are we talking about? The house plants, of course.
How it all began
Before the pandemic, people thought that they needed resources and a green thumb to keep plants at home. The ones living in tiny city apartments were worried about space and light. While people who had their own house were worried about time. House plants need to be watered and the vases have to be changed. You have to feed them like you’d feed a pet.
Then, Covid-19 happened and people’s places suddenly felt empty and grey. The obvious solution was turning to flowers and house plants, to add color and life to the apartments.
The English website The Guardian had already eyed the trend in 2019. As the article points out, it’s especially young people (often living alone) who love house plants.
”Indoor plants sales are booming as a result of urbanisation, interior design trends and millennials’ desire to have something to nurture and care for,” The Guardian wrote. And this brings us to the reasons and benefits of this special and colorful trend.
The benefits of house plants
This trend goes beyond a way to pass some time. It’s not about being bored: it’s about finding a purpose. So, what are the advantages of turning your house into a garden or urban forest?
This is especially true for young professionals and students. They often live alone in tiny apartments, away from their family. More often then not, they can’t have pets in the condos. With lockdowns making social gatherings impossible, people needed something to nurture. They needed something to take care of. Enter the house plants.
Connecting with nature
Once again, this pandemic trend affected more people who lived in cities. They didn’t have the chance of going for a walk in the woods or even to go to the park. Plants are the perfect way to connect with nature. They are a piece of the outside world, when the outside world can’t come in.
Interior design hack
House plants are perfect decorations. They are a colorful and lively addition to apartments and urban corners. People working from home looked at their space and they found it lacking. Or boring or, well, always the same. It was time for a change. And house plants are affordable pieces of interior design. With them, main investment is care and patience.
The physical benefits
The Journal of Physiological Health reported the mental and physical effects of house plants. According to the study, the care and nurturing lowers blood pressure and it calms the nervous system. The Journal compared this trend with time spent on the computer (for leisure) and it found out that people felt more comfortable and relaxed. The activity soothed them.
Every plant has these benefits. However, people had their favorites.
House plants: the best sellers
In this Covid-inspired trend, there seems to be an undiscussed winner:
The Monstera Deliciosa
As the blog House Raccoon writes, with this plant “you can create a whole interior using only Monstera’s. The aerial roots from Monstera’s are used in Guetamala to make mimbre furniture. Also baskets are an option.” The Monstera Deliciosa is gorgeous and tall, perfect to fill the corners of a city apartment.
But this wasn’t the only people’s favorite. More house plants best sellers are:
- Fiddle Leaf Fig, for an instant visual impact
- Aloe Vera, perfect for your skincare routine
- Aglaonema Red Chinese Evergreen, for a touch of elegant color
- Succulent plants, ideal to fill spaces such as shelves
These are only some house plants that people love. What’s clear is that people prefer them to flowers. Perhaps because plants are evergreen, as long as you give them attention.
With more lockdowns in sight, 2021 is the year of trends. And house plants aren’t the only one. Find out what this year has in store here!