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Living Walls: How They Can Improve Your Home and Your Health

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Collect this ideaA living wall, or a green wall,  is a garden that grows vertically, as opposed to horizontally, which can exist inside or outside the home. Any well lit place inside your home, would make a suitable environment. Indoor herb gardens are growing in popularity and thrive well in sunny kitchens. Conversely any outside wall would do as well. Green, or living walls, are beneficial to us in so very many ways. Below I discuss, in simple terms, how these vertical gardens can protect your home and environment, save you energy, and benefit your health.Collect this ideaHow living walls can improve indoor air qualityPollutants exist all around us, both outdoors and indoors. Toxic fumes infiltrate the air we breathe through our air systems and ductwork and can cause what we commonly call “Sick Building Syndrome.” Green, or living walls, can significantly clear up the toxins. While all plants absorb pollutants, there are certain plants that do so with much more efficiency. While even one plant can remove toxins from your home or building, the more plants that are added, the more toxins are absorbed.A green wall can contain as many as thousands of plants. These living walls can help to remove formaldehyde, VOCs, Carbon Monoxide and many other harmful pollutants.   NASA (The National Aeronautic and Space Administration) has identified the 15 best plants for living walls. For the list, visit Ecologic Design Lab.Collect this idea How green walls can protect your home or buildingOutdoor living walls offer your building  protection by acting as a climate control. The plantings prevent dramatic temperature fluctuations which then prevents the building from corrosion that results from expanding and contracting which occurs during extreme temperatures. These plants act as a natural insulation, keeping air inside the buildings cooler in the summer months and warmer during the winter months. The manner in which these vertical gardens are constructed allows the building to breathe, shields the walls from precipitation, wind, harmful UV rays and corrosive rain.  Living walls and green roofs help to provide a natural environment for birds, butterflies and bees.Collect this ideaHow vertical gardens save energySimply put, the plants on the building’s exterior keep the building protected by the heat of the sun, therefore keeping the building itself cooler meaning less energy is utilized when cooling the building. Interior green walls also greatly help to reduce energy by helping to keep the interior cool. With each additional plant, energy consumption is reduced, therefore a room with hundreds of plants can see a temperature reduction of as much as 7 degrees celsius or 44 degrees fahrenheit. This is indeed significant! Conversely, during the cold winter months these green walls have the opposite effect and act as insulation from the bitter temperatures. The additional layer prevents heat from escaping thus dramatically lowering your gas or heating oil consumption.Collect this idea The health benefits of living wallsPlants offer instant stress relief by softening the environment around us. They reduce noise and eliminate pollution.  Gardens have an instant calming effect. In workplaces plants have been shown to increase productivity, in the home they increase tranquility. They ease stress and fatigue, and offer energy rich oxygen. Gardens are strategically placed in hospitals to for their calming benefits which can lead to a patient’s shortened stay.  Try doubling the health benefits by building an edible living wall in your kitchen. Not only will these greens relax you and purify the air you breathe, but edible plants such as herbs and lettuces have their own health benefits.Collect this ideaHow to build your own living wallFirst decide whether you would like your wall to be indoors or outdoors. It may be wise, when starting out, to start with an indoor wall which is both easier to build and to maintain. You may want to meet with a garden or vertical wall specialist to get advice based on your needs and lifestyle. A garden specialist will help you decide which plants would be best for you. Specific plants such as bamboo palm, azalea, chrysanthemums, spider plants and aloe vera, ivy and peace lilies are among many of those that are especially good at removing toxins. You’ll need to consider which wall to use and whether that wall receives much direct sunlight or not. You’ll also need to think about humidity levels and water availability.There are several ways in which vertical gardens can be constructed. Before you do so you may want to consult with someone who is well versed in these types of gardens, or go to a designated site such as Clean Air Gardening.  Generally speaking, these walls are vertical and comprised of shelves or plant containers that attach themselves directly onto the walls. Some containers may hang from ceilings and more complicated configurations may contain both vertical and horizontal structures. Most important is to ensure that each plant gets the proper amount of light needed and can easily be watered. Plants require air, and therefore the plants should be set up in such a way that air can freely flow around the plants themselves.

A living wall, or a green wall,  is a garden that grows vertically, as opposed to horizontally, which can exist inside or outside the home. Any well lit place inside your home, would make a suitable environment. Indoor herb gardens are growing in popularity and thrive well in sunny kitchens. Conversely any outside wall would do as well. Green, or living walls, are beneficial to us in so very many ways. Below I discuss, in simple terms, how these vertical gardens can protect your home and environment, save you energy, and benefit your health.

Pollutants exist all around us, both outdoors and indoors. Toxic fumes infiltrate the air we breathe through our air systems and ductwork and can cause what we commonly call “Sick Building Syndrome.” Green, or living walls, can significantly clear up the toxins. While all plants absorb pollutants, there are certain plants that do so with much more efficiency. While even one plant can remove toxins from your home or building, the more plants that are added, the more toxins are absorbed.

A green wall can contain as many as thousands of plants. These living walls can help to remove formaldehyde, VOCs, Carbon Monoxide and many other harmful pollutants.   NASA (The National Aeronautic and Space Administration) has identified the 15 best plants for living walls. For the list, visit Ecologic Design Lab.

Outdoor living walls offer your building  protection by acting as a climate control. The plantings prevent dramatic temperature fluctuations which then prevents the building from corrosion that results from expanding and contracting which occurs during extreme temperatures. These plants act as a natural insulation, keeping air inside the buildings cooler in the summer months and warmer during the winter months. The manner in which these vertical gardens are constructed allows the building to breathe, shields the walls from precipitation, wind, harmful UV rays and corrosive rain.  Living walls and green roofs help to provide a natural environment for birds, butterflies and bees.

Simply put, the plants on the building’s exterior keep the building protected by the heat of the sun, therefore keeping the building itself cooler meaning less energy is utilized when cooling the building. Interior green walls also greatly help to reduce energy by helping to keep the interior cool. With each additional plant, energy consumption is reduced, therefore a room with hundreds of plants can see a temperature reduction of as much as 7 degrees celsius or 44 degrees fahrenheit. This is indeed significant! Conversely, during the cold winter months these green walls have the opposite effect and act as insulation from the bitter temperatures. The additional layer prevents heat from escaping thus dramatically lowering your gas or heating oil consumption.

Plants offer instant stress relief by softening the environment around us. They reduce noise and eliminate pollution.  Gardens have an instant calming effect. In workplaces plants have been shown to increase productivity, in the home they increase tranquility. They ease stress and fatigue, and offer energy rich oxygen. Gardens are strategically placed in hospitals to for their calming benefits which can lead to a patient’s shortened stay.  Try doubling the health benefits by building an edible living wall in your kitchen. Not only will these greens relax you and purify the air you breathe, but edible plants such as herbs and lettuces have their own health benefits.

First decide whether you would like your wall to be indoors or outdoors. It may be wise, when starting out, to start with an indoor wall which is both easier to build and to maintain. You may want to meet with a garden or vertical wall specialist to get advice based on your needs and lifestyle. A garden specialist will help you decide which plants would be best for you. Specific plants such as bamboo palm, azalea, chrysanthemums, spider plants and aloe vera, ivy and peace lilies are among many of those that are especially good at removing toxins. You’ll need to consider which wall to use and whether that wall receives much direct sunlight or not. You’ll also need to think about humidity levels and water availability.

There are several ways in which vertical gardens can be constructed. Before you do so you may want to consult with someone who is well versed in these types of gardens, or go to a designated site such as Clean Air Gardening.  Generally speaking, these walls are vertical and comprised of shelves or plant containers that attach themselves directly onto the walls. Some containers may hang from ceilings and more complicated configurations may contain both vertical and horizontal structures. Most important is to ensure that each plant gets the proper amount of light needed and can easily be watered. Plants require air, and therefore the plants should be set up in such a way that air can freely flow around the plants themselves.

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Now it’s my turn to share some Decoist design advice with you! First up, we see a grouping of small items displayed on the DIY Round Shelf I created for a previous Decoist post. When deciding what to display, avoid overcrowding your shelf in terms of weight and height. For a small round shelf like the one displayed in the two images below, lightweight items are essential. Plus, smaller items allow the shape of the shelf to truly shine. Also consider what’s on display near the shelf you’re styling. An example is the open shelving featured in my kitchen tour. I’ve filled it with an array of teapots, coffee pots, cake stands, serving trays and more. So when it came time to style the shelving of the nearby garden window, I kept it simple. Just a few items did the trick, preventing the kitchen from being overwhelmed by “stuff”.

Don’t worry about making your shelf picture-perfect. Displaying a collection of toys is a simple, eye-catching solution, and the resulting vignette just might double as wall art! Below we see the Radial Wall Shelf from The Land of Nod. To cut down on the cluttered look, try grouping items by color! These Color Bar Ledges from The Land of Nod make the job easy. Use the shelves themselves to create an artful wall vignette, especially if you purchase intriguing pieces like these Shape Shifter Wall Shelves. This Land of Nod hinged metal shelving allows for a range of configurations, from rectangles to arrows. And don’t forget about creative ideas such as placing patterned paper at the back of your shelving to create a vibrant backdrop. These Honeycomb Wall Shelves are styled with shades of turquoise. Do you have any shelf styling tips to share? Leave a comment below.

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