Whether it’s a residential, commercial, or retail space, planning and designing a fit out is always an exciting process, because you get to make your own unique mark to a space. When planning a fit out, you need to think ahead about the design elements you’d like to incorporate, so you can plan your fit out to have the best outcome.
Green walls are one such element that can really make a statement! Aside from looking great in any decorating scheme, green walls have been shown to reduce stress and feelings of anxiety. Even just looking at greenery has been shown to reduce strain on overtired eyes. This calming effect can be especially impactful in space that’s busy and bustling.
If you want to use green walls in your next fit out, read on to learn some useful tips and tricks!
Why artificial green walls are great for fit outs
When choosing a green wall, there are two main options: artificial or real green walls. There are pros and cons for each, but the main draw for artificial vertical gardens is that it requires very little maintenance. This means that you can enjoy the view without putting in the hours or work and resources required to maintain a real one.
Artificial green walls are also incredibly versatile and can be used in many different circumstances. For example, if your space has low light, real plants will have a difficult time growing and thriving. Artificial plants are evergreen in any lighting condition!
If you need your green wall to fit an awkward space or an odd shape, then artificial green walls are the way to go! The panels can be cut out to a specific size and shape according to your needs. They are completely customisable, so you can get creative.
They also won’t overgrow and cause long-term structural damage to walls, two characteristics which make them perfect for rental properties. Another perk for tenants: artificial green walls also happen to be easy to install and move! So you can conveniently take your green walls to your next property or even just move them around your space as part of a redesign.
How to use artificial green walls in a fit out
Artificial green walls come in many different designs, and these options would suit pretty much any decorating scheme. The first thing you need to do when looking to purchase green wall panels is to find a design that complements your fit out.
Artificial ivy is a classic choice, and we’ve seen it used around shop signs and draped along walls. Meanwhile, mondo grass panels have become increasingly popular in retail spaces with its fresh modern appeal! Boxwood hedges have been used as partitions in a number of our clients’ spaces, and are easily moved around too.
We’ve also seen designers add tropical flavour to their spaces using the green tropics panels. This is especially popular in areas that are dry and cold, where real tropical plants would struggle to grow, because you can create a jungle vibe which would be otherwise impossible to create with real plants!
You also need to consider how you want to incorporate an artificial green wall in your fit out. There are so many ways to do it, but here are a few ideas to get you started.
Artificial green walls in a residential space
While we know that having greenery in our homes is great for our mental health (and looks great too!), most of us are way too busy to care for real plants. Artificial green walls are a great option for those of us who want to green up our homes without the commitment of keeping real plants alive.
A creative way to use a green wall in your home is by incorporating it in your kitchen! One popular method is by installing a green wall behind a glass splashback. This creates a unique feature in your kitchen while also being really functional.
Another area that we’ve seen green walls used in a residential property is the installation of green walls in a hallway or lounge. If an entire green wall seems too much, you could even frame the panels to create a statement wall art that is sure to be a conversation starter.
Artificial vertical gardens are also great in children’s play areas, because they add an element of nature without the need for constant maintenance or risk of structural damage of the walls from live plants. Speaking of reducing the risk of damage, a green wall makes for one less wall for children to draw on (trust us, we know from experience)!
Artificial green walls in an office fit out
An office can really benefit from the calming effect of greenery, given the everyday stressors involved in a given work day. Greening the workplace or an office space has also been shown to increase productivity among employees, so it’s a win-win! Do your employees (and yourself!) a favour by incorporating lush greenery where you can.
Artificial vertical gardens look amazing in the front desk or entryway of an office. There is a modern appeal in a statement green wall that is not only a great way to greet your employees, but your clients and guests too.
Aside from the main entrance, artificial green walls can be used in common areas like lounges and break rooms. They add a relaxed atmosphere and act as a cue for employees to find moments of relaxation in their day. It also encourages a more casual social atmosphere.
Another place you can incorporate green walls is in meeting rooms. If an entire green wall seems overwhelming, you could use our green wall disks instead. These framed circular panels feature different types of greenery to suit your interior design!
Artificial green walls in a retail space fit out
There’s a reason you’re seeing greenery in a lot of retail spaces recently. It’s more than just a trend – there’s scientific evidence behind it too! Customers are known to have more positive attitudes towards their shopping experience when there’s greenery to break up the retail space.
Apart from that, it’s well-known that consumers react more to the atmosphere of a space rather than what products are in stock. So consider greenery as an important part of your overall ambience in the same way music, scent, and lighting can alter your customers’ experience.
Another reason you should use green walls in your retail space is one not often talked about: it makes your shop, restaurant, or hair salon an Instagrammable place! Today’s consumers are all about social media, so creating attractive backdrops for people to share on their social media platforms is a great way to indirectly get your brand noticed.
There are many ways we’ve seen artificial green walls being used in commercial spaces. The most popular place for these vertical gardens is right behind the cashier or bar space. This is usually where customers are most actively paying for their goods, so it’s a great way to take advantage of the positive feelings that greenery can bring.
You could also use green walls as a backdrop for your shop’s signage. When customers are greeted with greenery, it fosters a sense of calm and positivity before they even step foot in your shop!
Green walls – the perfect addition to any fit out!
Green walls are versatile and can suit a large number of spaces. They make an attractive addition to any fit out, and are so easy to install that they’ll create maximum impact with very little effort!
If you’re planning your next fit out and want to incorporate green walls in your design, be sure to drop us a line so we can help you choose the best option for you! Our long-lasting, non-toxic vertical garden panels come in a range of options, so we will be sure to find the perfect fit for your space.