Why Living Walls Are Such a Huge Trend Right Now
We’ve got something super exciting to talk to you about this week – the living wall trend! Have you heard of it before? These wonder walls are making big waves in the plant world, and it’s easy to see why. They improve air quality, enhance wellbeing and make you feel more connected to nature. And that’s not even the half of it!
If you’re looking to refresh and revive your living space, bring feel-good vibes into your home with a living wall and enjoy all the benefits that come with it – there are plenty of them! We hope you enjoy learning more about this fab trend, plant people. We just know you’re going to love it.
What Are Living Walls Exactly?
Before we delve into why living walls are so great, let’s talk a little bit about what they are first. To put it simply, they’re large, vertical sculptures of greenery that are designed to bring homes to life through nature. You can place living walls outdoors or indoors – the options really are endless. This is why they’re one of the most versatile plant trends around right now.
They fix to the wall like a piece of artwork, adding gorgeous colour, structure and shape to your home. Whether you’re looking to make a bold statement on your balcony, add texture to a terrace or bring a living room to life, a living wall’s the perfect answer.
Let’s Talk About Living Wall Benefits
Living walls aren’t only lovely to look at – they can also help improve your mental and physical health and wellbeing. Once upon a time, you’d only ever see living walls on buildings or in fancy hotels or restaurants, but thanks to this emerging trend, living walls are starting to make their way into homes and gardens up and down the country. They really are for everyone to enjoy. There are also loads of benefits to owning a living wall, which you can experience by putting one in your home.
Improve Air Quality
Like other plants, living walls act as natural air purifiers. They absorb harmful chemicals, like formaldehyde, benzene, toluene and other household nasties from the air, turning them into clean oxygen. This has many health benefits, as it clears your head, helps you concentrate and prevents the risk of asthma and other breathing-related conditions. Having living walls in cities is also beneficial, as urban environments are more prone to pollution.
If you frequently feel uninspired or struggle to get your thoughts straight, why not put a living wall in your home office? Gazing up at one of these green beauties may give you all the clarity you need.
Another tick in the box for living walls is that they’re naturally insulating. They’ll keep you cool in summer and warm in winter due to the way they absorb the air. They also absorb sunlight and produce moisture, adding much-needed humidity into the air when it gets dry and chilly.
This doesn’t exactly mean you need to switch off your central heating or close all your windows, but a living wall can make things feel a little more comfortable – especially as the seasons change and the weather can’t make up its mind.
It’s no secret that pruning and preening plants create a sense of calm. But because living walls help clean the air, your wellbeing is enhanced in a natural and wholesome way. Homes and offices that have lots of greenery produce a healthier environment, reducing the risk of minor health complaints, like:
- Irritated eyes
- Sore throats
Not only that, but green environments reduce stress, decrease muscle tension and boost brain activity, helping you feel more relaxed and alert. If you suffer from minor health issues or constant stress, give a living wall a try to see if it helps ease symptoms.
Well-being and productivity are closely linked. The better you feel in yourself, the more productive you’ll be. Studies actually show that working near botanicals has a calming effect. The result is you’ll make better decisions and become more efficient, making everyday tasks so much easier (and quicker!). Now, if that isn’t a reason to pop a living wall on your wall, we don’t know what is!
Add Serious Style
Living walls can transform a living space in seconds. Whether you’re placing one inside or out, you don’t have to redecorate to create a relaxing oasis in your home. You can also choose a living wall that houses either herbs or houseplants – both are a conversation starter in the garden or your favourite room.
Living walls are also an easy way to create the urban jungle look with minimum effort. Winner! Get creative and stack your plants and herbs in the exact way you want them and marvel at your gorgeous creation.
Are Living Walls Good for the Environment?
You bet! We’ve already talked about how living walls purify the air and regulate temperatures, but did you know that the PlantBox living wall system we stock at The Little Botanical is made with 100% recycled materials? This makes it kinder to the planet, minimising the impact on the environment.
Living walls are also an excellent way to reconnect with nature – not just because of how they look but because the local wildlife can benefit from the herbs planted in our outdoor living walls, providing much-needed habitats for insects and bees.
Living walls also:
- Absorb sound, reducing noise pollution
- Help keep temperatures under control
- Provider greener air
As you can see, there’s so much to love about this fab trend. They don’t just look good – they make you feel good, too. Exciting studies are currently ongoing, looking into the impact of smart living walls in urban environments. They’ll monitor how living walls affect CO2 footprint reduction, the impact on air quality, and how they benefit the economy, amongst many other things. We can’t wait to see the results that a living wall smart city produces.
How To Get Into The Living Wall Trend
Living walls are the perfect way to introduce the much sought after biophilic design to your home. “Biophilia” is the scientific term to describe how the human desire to connect with nature. This is where the idea for living walls came from. We have loads of great designs for you to discover at The Little Botanical to help you experience this fantastic concept for yourself. Take a look below.
PlantBox Indoor Living Wall with Houseplants
The PlantBox Indoor Living Wall is stylish, on-trend and really easy to put together. It includes everything you need to get started, including plant boxes, soil and a selection of gorgeous houseplants mixed with some of the following:
- Set of 5 – Button Fern, Peace Lily, Chamaedorea, Devil’s Ivy, Philodendron.
- Set of 10 – Calathea, Button Fern, Peace Lily, Chamaedorea, Devil’s Ivy, Philodendron.
It comes with a unique watering system that makes looking after your green beauties easy. The 1.8L reservoir contains enough water for a week, so you don’t even need to worry about watering your houseplants. How easy is that?
PlantBox Indoor Living Wall with Herbs
We also have the option of the PlantBox Living Wall filled with gorgeous, fragrant herbs, including thymus, lavender, mint or rosemary. It comes in either a set of 5 or 10 to suit your space. The best thing about it is that it’s perfect for transforming a small outdoor space or creating a feature wall on your wall or jungle.
Creating a mini herb jungle has never been so simple. You just need to assemble the easy to build living wall and pop your herbs in there and find the perfect spot for the fragrant wall to live.
Mobilane Living Art With Houseplants
The Mobilane Living Art is the ultimate way to jump on the jungle trend in style, bringing the outdoors into any space. It comes with a mix of some of our bestselling houseplants and attaches easily and effortlessly to your wall. The frame arrives with the houseplants already included, so all you need to do is hang it up and admire it. Choose between small and medium to create the perfect feature point in your home.
Living Wall Frames and Troughs
If you’d like to have a go creating your own living wall, we have a selection of troughs and frames that come without plants, giving you the option to choose your favourite botanicals, herbs or flowers. Whether you want something small and dainty or large to make a statement, there are loads of sizes to pick from to suit your indoor or outdoor space. Have fun with it!
We hope you’ve enjoyed finding out more about why living walls are such a huge trend right now. Get in touch with us at [email protected] to share your living wall snaps with us, and you may be featured on our social media channels.
Lots of love, Team TLB xx