10 secrets to create a lovely yard according to landscape architects
The simple task of putting a seat outside will inspire you to leave your couch and get some fresh air, says Beth Kaplin, PhD, program director for the Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation at Antioch University. “Spending time in view of what’s called green space has been shown to reduce stress levels and anxiety.” Wood furniture in particular calms us, suggest a few provocative studies – especially when placed in an area with dappled lighting, like under a tree. According to a 2015 report from the Planet Ark Environmental Foundation, an Australian non-profit organisation, wood is not only aesthetically pleasing in its colour, grain and shape, but it also may illicit positive feelings of harmony and balance. The report cited some small studies that showed lowered blood pressure and heart rates in people who lived among wood interior spaces and wooden furniture.