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5 Best Plants To Keep Your Indoor Air Clean

27 Dec

Now that it’s Winter, we are all indoors more often than not. We need to think about keeping our indoor air clean, which can be hard to do in colder climates.

According to NASA, there are several houseplants that are superstars at cleaning the air and putting oxygen back into your indoor atmosphere. Plants purify air, making them part of what NASA calls “nature’s life support system.”

There are five plants that are relatively easy to care for, do not need a lot of light or water and are the best air cleaners, according to the NASA study.

PeaceLily1. Peace Lily- a relatively easy plant. It will work in low light situations and needs very little water.

 

 

 

Chrysanthemum

 

 

2. Florist’s Chrysanthemum- usually associated with being outdoors in the garden, this plant is a work horse when it comes to cleaning indoor air.

 

These first two plants remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene as well as ammonia.

English Ivy3. English Ivy- again a plant that can thrive even if neglected.

Snake_plant

4. Snake Plant- also known as “mother-in-law tongue” because of its sharp edges, it can withstand low light and a bit of neglect. Just check its water once in a while, in winter it may only need water once every other month!

 

Red Edged Dracena

5. Red Edged Dracena- again can stand lower light levels, but may need to be fertilized a couple times a month during growing periods.

These last three remove all the toxins that the first two remove, except for the ammonia.

 

So whether you need to clean up the air in your home or your office, these are just five of the plants NASA recommends in helping prevent “sick building syndrome.”  There is a TED talk related to this clean air study that is really interesting.

Here’s to your health!

 

www.deluxdrapery.com

Decorating With Indoor Plants

14 Sep

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Indoor plants add natural color to a room.

Living plants add freshness and natural color to a room, and there are many options that require very little care. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can select from a wide variety of artificial plants that are hard to distinguish from real ones.indoorplants1

Indoor plants range from large, lush trees to the smallest of African violets, and everything in between. Some of the most popular indoor plants include tropical orchids, cactuses, succulents, banana trees, dracaena plants, Philodendrons, ivy, and many varieties of ferns, ficus trees, and palms.

Place indoor plants on the floor, on a table, on a bench, on shelves — or you can even hang them on the wall! Have fun with the containers you use, too!

indoorplants2Just like plants themselves, containers come in many shapes, sizes, colors and glazes to complement any décor. And you can buy plant stands in a variety of styles that display plants at almost any height in your rooms.

If you opt for live plants, talk to your nursery about the light needs of various plants, and find out how quickly each plant will grow. Learn which plants are easy to grow, and how much water and maintenance indoorplants3each plant needs.

Keep in mind that plants don’t just come in shades of green. You can select plants with striking hues of red, orange, pink and yellow! Plus some indoor plants feature brilliant flowers in a variety of hues.

Make your home feel natural and green by adding indoor plants to your decorating plan. Also, for information on how plants can make your home healthier, check out our previous blog post on  5 Best Plants To Keep Your Indoor Air Clean

 

For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

5 Best Plants To Keep Your Indoor Air Clean

30 Dec

Now that it’s Winter, we are all indoors more often than not. We need to think about keeping our indoor air clean, which can be hard to do in colder climates. According to NASA, there are several houseplants that are superstars at
cleaning the air and putting oxygen back into your indoor atmosphere. Plants purify air, making them part of what NASA calls “nature’s life support system.”
There are five plants that are relatively easy to care for, do not need a lot of light or water and are the best air cleaners, according to the NASA study.

1. Peace Lily- a relatively easy plant. It will work in low light situations and needs very little water.
2. Florist’s Chrysanthemum- usually associated with being outdoors in the
garden, this plant is a work horse when it comes to cleaning indoor air.PeaceLilyChrysanthemum

These first two plants remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene
and toluene as well as ammonia.

 

English Ivy

3. English Ivy- again a plant that can thrive even if neglected.Snake_plant

 

4. Snake Plant- also known as “mother-in-law tongue” because of its sharp edges, it can withstand low light and a bit of neglect. Just check its water once in a while, in winter it may only need water once every other month!

 

Red Edged Dracena

 

5. Red Edged Dracena- again can stand lower light levels, but may need to be fertilized a couple times a month during growing periods.

These last three remove all the toxins that the first two remove, except for the ammonia.

 

So whether you need to clean up the air in your home or your office, these are just five of the plants NASA recommends in helping prevent “sick building syndrome.”  There is a TED talk related to this clean air study that is really interesting.

Here’s to your health!

 

http://www.deluxdrapery.com

Decorating For The Winter Blahs

7 Jan

Easy Decorating in Winter

Picture it: the holidays are over, it’s a little gloomy outside, the decorations are all put away and now what? Your home may look a little bare and unexciting so why not do some winter interior decorating? There is always a surge of decorating during spring cleaning but it is good to change things up a few times a year. It will keep your home looking fresh, new and comforting. If you are wanting to change things up a bit, here are some easy tips to get you started:

Quick Change Accents-switch out toss pillows, throws, rugs, draperies. A heavy drapery instead of the lightweight curtain will add warmth to the home.

  • Fabricut PillowsA soft shag rug will keep your feet toasty when the cold creeps into the floor. And having toss pillows and throws to curl up with will keep you comfortable with your hot chocolate in the winter months. Look at lush fabrics like chenilles and velvets for your accessories. Warmth by Color-reds, yellows and oranges are all warm colors; start introducing them into your space with the quick change accents previously mentioned. Just looking at vivid colors will keep your spirits up when it’s dark outside.
  • WinterDecorate1.jpegWinter Light-speaking of dark, let’s add some light! Not everyone has a fireplace so let’s improvise. Candles placed all around the room will help more than you know with light. Also, if you have a good shelf for it, place a full-length mirror behind a row of candles and you have doubled you light output. Find some small, low-watt lamps and place them around the room in dark corners that don’t get as much light
  • Making Nature Welcome-bring the outside in. Bring in some pine cones, or branches and put them in large vases with a string
    WinterDeocrate2of LED lights. Or if you are in need of some green but don’t have the thumb for it, pick up a snake plant-often called Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.

They require little light and little water to survive. Perfect for small spaces and the busiest of people.

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