Scrolling through your calendar, your eyes glance through the numerous upcoming events until a series of unusually blank spaces stop you in your tracks. Ahhhh… Bank holiday weekend. That crept on you! Amazing, four whole days to get stuck into a bit of home titivation. Roaming around your home the other day you’d clocked a few DIY jobs that need doing and number one on the list is researching living walls. There’s an irksome blank space in your living room and you really fancy greening it up..
Taking to the internet, you hover over a living wall tutorial and double click, finding yourself absorbed in surprisingly easy ways to bring the outdoors in. Fascinated by the lush green interiors flourishing with life, you picture a blanket of stunning natural flora cladding your walls, although perhaps on a smaller scale. Come to think of it, a living wall will also make an interesting talking point for all the friends you intend to invite over this weekend. A fizz of excitement sparks in your stomach, and you’re itching to get started!
Hunting for more information, you discover that not only do living walls look captivatingly beautiful, but they also have a wealth of benefits hiding within the foliage. They quite literally breathe life into your home. You’re sold. And you set about making your living wall a reality – a great way to get creative this weekend.
Going green comes with health benefits!
1. Living walls purify the air
Each square metre of living wall extracts 2.3kg of CO2 per year from the air and produces 1.7kg of oxygen. Think of it as a beautiful air purifier. A living wall will filter out potentially harmful particles, and breathe fresh, clean air back into your home.
2. Cleaner air leads to greater well-being
Headaches, asthma, respiratory issues, healing time and pain tolerance can all be improved by installing a living wall in your space, all thanks to improved air quality. The rich green foliage can also increase productivity, focus and attention by up to 15%. So if you want to feel positive, clear-headed and energised – you know what to do! It’s that same clear-headed, energising feeling you get after a morning walk.
3. Living walls absorb sound and heat
Looking to cool down your rooms in the summertime? Granted not a problem we have too often in the UK but for those odd days… Plants absorb 50% of the sunlight and reflect 30%, which helps to create a cooler, more pleasant atmosphere. They also act as a natural sound barrier, absorbing up to 41% more noise than a regular wall so you can keep your space tranquil and relaxing.
4. Green spaces are serene
Green is a colour well-known for its calming qualities, and living walls can help reduce stress. Nothing combats a bad mood better than time spent outside in the fresh air, and that’s the exact feeling that a living wall instils in your home. Spending just five minutes in a green space is proven to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and decrease muscle tension. Amazing.
It’s easy being green
While the thought of creating an actual living wall AND keeping it alive might be slightly terrifying – it’s a commitment after all – there is a great alternative, and that’s preserved moss. The moss is harvested and then preserved, which puts it in a dormant state. And it’s this state that makes it maintenance-free, so no watering or tending, but it shares many of the benefits of an actual living wall. And it’s quicker and easier to install too!
The beauty of creating a green wall is that it can be subtle or extravagant, depending on your style. A framed square of moss creates an accent of greenery, but if you’re looking for something more impactful, you can tile multiple moss squares together across an entire wall. It’s flexible too so you can wrap it around a column or curved wall.
A living installation will transform your space into a natural wonderland that’s tactile, teeming with health benefits and is just beautiful to look at.
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