If you live in a cold climate where gray skies and a brown winter landscape may soon get you down, you don’t need to wait for next Spring’s greenery to perk up your house or your spirits. Most people recognize that a bouquet of roses or some spring tulips can bring a smile to someone’s face, but scientific research now backs up the instinct to enjoy flowers.
Behavioral researchers at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, spent 10 months exploring the link between flowers and life satisfaction. Researchers at Harvard University found that seeing flowers first thing in the morning provides a boost of energy for people.
Scientific research into flowers blooms
Rutgers’ researchers found that:
Floral research and design inspiration
After reviewing the research, Ellis and Woodman decided to use their own expertise in design and color choices to share advice about how flowers can do more than just look pretty.
Flowers are commonly part of TV talk show sets and are used in hotel lobbies for more than just decoration. They also serve as conversation starters and to create a warm atmosphere.
Flower arrangements can be a symbol of sharing and encourage conversations and connections between people. Many people opt to display flowers in their foyer, living room and dining room, places where they host guests. Woodman suggests bright citrus colors and bright greenery for the floral arrangements in public spaces of your home to increase the energizing power of the flowers.
Researchers found that flowers can also soothe negative emotions, Ellis reports in one of the videos. She and Woodman recommend introducing flowers into places where you want to invoke tranquility. Whether you want to create a retreat in your bedroom or perhaps a spa-like atmosphere in your bathroom, Ellis and Woodman suggest choosing flowers in softer colors to reduce stress. Pale lavender and blue-violet tones, even if they are darker than traditional pastels, can evoke a Zen-like calm in a room.
To learn more about the power of adding flowers to your home design, visit www.aboutflowers.com/TwoMinuteTrends/.
Floral photos credit: Courtesy of Society of American Florists.