Think about someone sending you a bouquet of flowers.
Makes you smile just a little bit, huh?!?
Now imagine that feel good joy and happiness throughout your day. That’s exactly what flowers can do for you and your family. No need for drugs, meditation or a fistful of supplements each morning. Simply get yourself to a florist.
And you don’t need to wait for someone to send you that big bouquet.
Here’s the nitty gritty: A Rutgers University study found that the link between flowers and your satisfaction with life is far more important than previously thought. Having flowers in your home increased happiness, reduces depression and anxiety and actually can increase emotional contact with friends and family. A separate study by Harvard University found the same results – increased compassion, feeling less negative, and more energy at work. In a trifecta of flower research, Texas A & M University found that flowers and plants in the workplace improve problem solving skills and increase creativity.
The research is so conclusive that the Society of American Florists has dedicated a page linking to all of the positive research of bringing flowers into your home, as well as sharing real-life tips and tricks from lifestyle experts on how to Live Like A Flower and foster a happier life.
Flowers have been called Vitamin F, for all the good that they can do for your body and soul.
That’s why I wanted to talk with Kelli Ellis, a design psychologist; TV personality for HGTV, TLC and tons of other design shows; and author of Do I Look Skinny In This House? Kelli is known for not only creating beautifully decorated interior spaces, but also transforming spaces to foster the happiest, calmest, most energized you that you can be ~ simply from your home décor and design choices.
Kelli is one of the lifestyle experts offering tips to improve your happiness through the Society of American Florists’ Live Like a Flower series. So I asked her about the importance of flowers on our health and scored some Kelli Ellis decorating tips for our readers! 🙂
Kelli, Get Green Be Well readers want to know how natural products and elements from nature can help them live a healthier life. What benefits do flowers add to our lives?
We know the importance of giving flowers, but it’s just as important to buy them for yourself and treat yourself well, too. It’s the last design element. When I bring my clients fresh flowers at the end of an interior design, it always makes them smile for many reasons.
But think about it. Why do we always make our home look better for our guests than for ourselves? If we had company coming over, you’d clean and tidy up, stash the piles, and add fresh flowers to welcome them. Why don’t we treat ourselves that way in our own home where we live and work?
Bills, magazines and clutter pile up and you quickly forget about the environment in your home. Adding that little touch of beauty through flowers makes you feel happy.
Brighter colors that give us energy are those that focus on energy from the inside out. Yellows and oranges really pump those feelings up.
What kind of flowers are best to bring inside the home to improve your mood and energy?
The type of flowers is completely subjective. It’s really fun to see people’s favorite flowers. They always mean something different to each person for different reasons. For you, a type of flower could remind you of your boyfriend or another special memory, but it means something different for someone else. So I always say pick what makes you happy and brings good memories.
What are some ideas to incorporate flowers in the home so that we can improve our well-being?
Put flowers where you’re going to see them often. It depends on what rooms you spend the most time in. For me, if I want to start my day off right, I have fresh flowers on my nightstand so that I see them as soon as I wake up. I put them in the bathroom and kitchen, too, since that’s where I spend most of my time. Think about the steps of your day and where you are the most. If you have a home office where you spend most of your day, it would make sense to put flowers or plants in there.
What are some unique ideas for adding flowers to your home?
Decorate the chandelier with simple fresh flowers over a kitchen table to add some unexpected beauty. Replace some knick knacks on your shelves with fresh flowers. We get so complacement in our home that we forget what we’re looking at. Pretend like you’re have company coming and decorate that for yourself. Bring your own container to your florist. My florist loves it and she doesn’t have to try to guess my decor. If I bring in a mid-century urn, she’ll create an arrangement that complements the style, so I don’t get anything that stands out or looks weird in my home.
The color of flowers seems to be one of the reasons that they are so healing. What other advice do you have for decorating our homes?
Think, What does this room need to do? Do I need to relax, do I need to work and feel energetic…. just fill in the blank. If you want to relax, bring in soft colors and neutrals, such as in a bedroom. If you want energy, bring in brights. Think of how you want to feel in a space. Then look at magazines and pictures and collect the images that you like. Invariably, you’ll find a color scheme that you’re drawn to that will mimic the way you want to feel.