Bringing plants into the office is undoubtedly beneficial. They bring that little bit of nature into view for office staff, who would otherwise be surrounded by mundane walls, and they freshen the air, lifting the spirits of everyone working there. But as a part of interior landscaping, the container that the plants are in can be just as important in enhancing the office environment.
The range of plant containers available is extensive, with every kind of interior design accommodated. Whether contemporary, minimalist, or traditional, there is a container available to complement the design. In fact, there are even imaginatively designed containers to complement the most audacious office art.
We have put together a short list of container materials that serve to create specific effects. From the use of natural materials to metals with a high polished effect, the range is quite extensive and includes an array of container types that any office or commercial building could want.
Natural containers make use of natural organic materials, and are most often made use of to complement a rural, homely or traditional interior office design. Amongst the range of materials used are bamboo, shells, plant leaves and even finely ground stones, all treated to ensure that they maintain their impact permanently.
The effect of interior design can be highly impressive. For example, banana leaves are woven into square boxes or round urn-shaped containers, and sport a chequered design with contrasting shades of brown and yellow. It is an effect favoured by many offices wishing to project an environmental consciousness, or the image of sustainability and a green ethos that sits so comfortably with the general public.
The Havana range of containers meanwhile, use the leaves of the abaca plant, and are hand-woven to produce beautifully formed urn-shaped containers. They boast a thread or rope type finish, reminiscent on tribal pots from Central America, thus providing a distinct design effect.
Polystone, meanwhile, is a mixture of clay and crushed shells combined with fibreglass that mimics the appearance of stone. It comes in a variety of colours and textures, and provides a primitive, minimalist effect. The impact can be acute, boasting a majestic permanency.
Ceramic containers provide a solid, earthy look that helps to make staff members feel more at home. Perhaps that homely feeling comes from the fact that ceramics are, in fact, made from earth, or perhaps because they are so commonly found in our own homes, hosting plants on patios and in porches.
Whatever the specific reason, the effect that they have in the office is to soften the sharp lines that usually adorn an office environment. This is particularly true with the Antoinette range of ceramic containers that is so popular.
As the name Antoinette suggests, it is a range famed for its feminine softness, with rounded edges and smooth curves, even with the taller pedestals that hold plants high. However, they come in a range of colours, as well as sizes, to match the particular theme of the office design.
Of course, metal containers are hugely popular in modern offices, providing the steely, clean appearance that so many highly competitive companies like to project. Many of these offices, for example, are contemporary in design and as far removed from homely as one can get. Metal is a perfect part of that design.
Two metals in particular are commonly available, namely aluminium and stainless steel. Both of these can come in a high shine or a brushed effect. Lacquered finishing provides that clinical high shine appearance, while the brushed surface adds texture to the container.
Also, metal plant containers can be quite imaginative in their design, breaking away from the solid pedestal style, and instead coming in decorative meshes designs, artistic perforations and even obscure shapes, adding character to the containers. These are particularly popular when the containers are complementing office art, such as painting and sculptures, which serve to enhance the image the office projects. Indeed, many interior landscaping experts believe that the containers that the office plants are placed in are actually objects of art themselves.
The important thing, of course, is that the interior design of the office is enhanced, and that the working environment is improved, so that the staff are only too happy to come to work.