Traditional red wooden house with green grass roof, Sweden

Today’s designs are moving toward a more organic feeling in homes and businesses. No longer are businesses filled with cold concrete, steel, and granite but many have incorporated natural green spaces in their design. You can also incorporate living green space into your home design to breathe life into your home.  Green walls provide beauty and a natural way to help improve indoor air quality. Patios and decks will also benefit from the natural beauty of a living green wall. Here are the basics you need to know to help you decide if this type of design option is for you.

What Is A Green Wall?
A vertical green wall is a wall of living plants. They are grown hydroponically and can be attached to a wall or free standing. They are also known as Eco-gardens, Eco-walls, or living walls.  In 1938 Stanley Hart patented the very first living green wall. Patrick Blanc brought green walls into the forefront with his famous design for the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris.This wall became known as a revolution in sustainable architecture. Unlike naturally growing ivy on a stone wall, living green walls are planned collections of plants incorporated into the design of a building. They can be indoor or outdoor fixtures and are a growing trend. Living green walls bring nature into living spaces and can be built right into a wall, or into a freestanding structure away from a wall.
Types of Green Walls
Green walls may be panel or tray systems, or freestanding. This means you can add a green wall to almost any space. Panel systems contain pre-grown plants right in the panels and can be used indoors or outdoors. Tray systems contain plants which are grown off-site and then planted into the wall. Panel and tray systems are usually used when the living wall will not be moved and are fairly permanent.Freestanding units can be moved and are ideal if you like to switch out the look of your home or outdoor space. It is also easier to change out plants in free standing units. All three systems offer options for homeowners for both interior and exterior use.Each living wall is designed for the space in which it will reside. Consult with your architect or builder to help decide which plants will thrive in a living wall. The location of your wall will help decide which plants will be the best choice. Generally living walls are not used to grow food, but for decorative plantings.

Benefits of Living Green Walls
Living green walls can greatly increase the quality of the air inside your home. Plants naturally filter air of CO2 and pollutants. They can also help cut down on noise and if installed on the exterior of your home can help save money on your energy bill because of their natural insulating properties. In the summer an exterior living wall will help keep your home cooler, and during the winter a living wall will help retain heat in your home. Studies have also shown that having living plants in a home increases the overall mood of the dwelling.

Take Notice

If you are designing a new home consider including a living green wall in your plans. They add a real 
punch to the architecture and style of your home, as well as have positive health and monetary benefits. Living green walls are an Eco-friendly sustainable way to add a bit of nature to home design.


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