Lush vertical gardens transform your home’s interior and exterior design without taking up valuable floor space. But, these space-savvy green walls are not only aesthetic. These boost your urban home’s connection with nature, which improves your health and wellbeing. When your home has a stronger connection with nature, you can enjoy deeper relaxation, awe, vitality, joy, and excitement.
Green walls deserve a spot in your home. Here are the reasons why you should install one in your humble abode:
Give your home a biophilic touch
Humans have an innate tendency to seek connection with nature. As designers, we do our best to fulfill this need in urban high-rise buildings where our connection with nature is often tenuous.
To do this, we use natural building materials to construct homes. We fill the home with living things such as indoor plants. Here’s where vertical gardens come in. It is highly recommended to grow various plant species in a green wall to heighten the biophilic effect. This results in measurable physical and physiological benefits to the occupants: reduced stress levels, enhanced creativity, improved cognitive function, faster healing, and a deeper sense of happiness and well being.
Improve indoor air quality
Most urban dwellers spend most of their days indoors — in the office, in their homes, in enclosed and air conditioned buildings and rarely go out for fresh air.
While this is comfortable, this also exposes us in air with invisible, odorless toxins. We are in danger of inhaling dangerous amounts of volatile organic compounds such as formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, carbon monoxide, benzene, toluene, and xylene. These pollutants can have serious health side effects.
Installing vertical gardens inside your home can help get rid of these harmful compounds. According to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), plants filter out these pollutants and purify the air inside the house. Plants also help increase oxygen supply in the air, which makes you more productive at home.
Hard surfaces in most residential structures result in reverberation. Unwanted echoes and sound resonance from the other rooms can be distracting when you’re trying to relax or entertain guests.
To address noise control, consider putting up a green wall strategically inside and outside the house. It will muffle the noise because the leaves of plants absorb and reflect sound energy.
Make indoor rooms and outdoor spaces cooler and more comfortable
Vertical gardens with lush greenery inside the house improve indoor spaces through balancing the humidity levels, cooling indoor temperature, and increasing airflow. You are less likely to turn on the air conditioning to stay cool and comfortable in your home.
Green walls also make outdoor entertaining areas cooler during the summer. As a result, you and your guests will want to spend more time out there. You end up using your outdoor space more.
Placing green walls inside and outside your house is not only a win-win situation for you. It also helps reduce the urban heat island effect in metropolitan areas.
The urban heat island effect is a result of land being modified into cities. The combined heat from the people, transportation, and the sun emits back into the surroundings and make the city feel warmer than the rural areas nearby.
Plants absorb thermal energy. With more vertical gardens, we create more green areas to mitigate the urban heat island effect and make cities more sustainable.
Make your home healthier and more sustainable
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is the leading global organisation who aims to transform our buildings and communities in ways to help people thrive. They have developed a new set of guidelines called the WELL Building Standards, which help designers create more comfortable built environments that enhance the health and wellness of the occupants.
Based on the WELL Building Standards, green walls are one of the best design features you can use to improve residential areas, especially compact spaces.
Where to place green walls in your home
Are you tempted to install vertical gardens in your home? Here are some of the tips to make yours happen:
- Install green walls on courtyards and balconies with access to natural light. Walls which receive morning sunshine is ideal.
- Choose local plant species which can survive in the area where you plan to install the green wall. Drought tolerant plants can survive the harsh afternoon sun. Herbs and small plants are perfect for indoor use.
- When lighting is insufficient, consider installing artificial lighting.
- Consider growing succulents when you want a low-maintenance vertical garden. Ornamental and lush foliage requires more maintenance.
- You can purchase easy to install green wall garden kits online. Do it as a weekend DIY project. Ask help from professionals or from any of your friends who has a green thumb.