Living wall indoor vertical gardens: from the jungle to the bathroom

Category: Bathroom trends
Date: 06 oct 2021

We bring plant walls, hanging gardens and decorative plants together in the bathroom in order to create living walls.

Future bathrooms promise to be green 

A key piece in the development of sustainable societies, the biophilic design is the answer to the human need to connect with nature. Architecture and interior design seek to connect with life and develop healthy and productive environments.  

Proof of this is to bring plants together in urban and domestic spaces, the creation of green walls and vertical gardens, which have become an upward trend. Making the most of each place in a project to introduce plants helps to purify the air, as well as improving people’s emotional well-being.  

Vertical gardens are plant panels which grow in a vertical way, independently or joined to the walls by means of hydroponics, an agricultural method for growing plants that uses mineral solutions instead of agricultural soil as a type of support.

 

Noken Porcelanosa Grupo Headquarters Showroom made by Greenarea. Pictures: D'Lab. 

  

Green walls. How to create a living wall indoor vertical garden

 

The first step is that all-important sought-after place in which to install it, always bearing in mind the visual impact that this wall will create, as well as the needs of the irrigation system. After this first decision is taken, the structure and support are opted for, which are usually made of wood or metal.  

  1. Opt for the right place.
  2. Choose the planting system.  
  3. Choose the plants based on the sough-after visual effect and the environmental conditions.  
  4. Make the most of the light.
  5. Take the frequency and irrigation system into account. Some recommendations are for preventing standing water. If a plant dries, it should be replaced.  

 

Noken Porcelanosa Grupo Headquarters Showroom made by Greenarea. Pictures: D'Lab. 

 

What do you need to create your own vertical garden in your bathroom?

Generally speaking, you'll need the following materials to create your living wall:

  • Plastic mesh
  • Wood or acrylic sheet
  • Bracket, scissors and drill
  • Tape measure
  • Wall fixing hardware

Here are the top types of structures to use if you want to create an indoor vertical garden in your home:

  • Living wall planters: the best solutions for creating vertical gardens, generally attached to the partition wall itself: plant it from floor level right to the top, taking up the whole wall or framing one specific area to create a form of living artwork.
  • 'Floating' system for vertical gardens: a simple modular system which is easy to install and add to, depending on your tastes or needs. It's essentially a set of mesh pockets on top of aerated fabric (specially-designed for this purpose), and you place your choice of plants into the pockets to create your vertical garden.
  • Modular system with boxes inserted into a metal structure: this is similar to the previous type but with different materials, with wood finishes generally playing a key role.
  • 'Geotextile' vertical garden system: this living wall planter consists of various layers, including aluminium, a layer of bonded moisture-absorbent foam, mesh, filters and pockets, resulting in a system that automatically waters the plants. Innovation and aesthetics combined.

The advantages and benefits of vertical gardens in bathroom design 

Walls usually have valuable centimetres which go unused. However, they allow for a large number of plants to be brought together vertically in relatively small spaces, as well as reducing the use of traffic-space on the floor.  

  • Physical and mental health are enhanced.
  • It provides natural beauty.
  • It improves air quality and increases oxygen.
  • It generates natural humidity, which cools the atmosphere in summer and heats it up in winter.

Plants for the bathroom

Going beyond the pots and the growth in the soil, life today rises vertically, and this happens inside as well.  

Bathrooms are usually rooms with either little or no natural light at all. But contrary to common belief, the bathroom is an atmosphere which is highly suitable for having both decorative plants and living vertical gardens in. Because of the humid condition of the space and the ability of the plants to purify the air, if the right plant type is chosen, we will achieve a healthy space which follows the principles of the Feng Shui philosophy, which is applied to interior design.  

In order to ensure the proper maintenance of our living vertical garden in the bathroom, we must choose plant types which grow practically without sunlight and in very humid atmospheres.  

  1. Orchids: a symbol of fertility and beauty. They come from jungle-like atmospheres, which are also: humid, hot and with low-light.
  2. Sansevieria: it eliminates toxins and withstands humidity and low-light conditions in a bathroom very well indeed. It also has air purifying properties and it is one of the recommended plants to have in the bedroom as well.
  3. Espatifilo: it absorbs toxins and purifies the air in the bathroom. It can live in temperatures above 18º and is long-lasting.
  4. Bamboo: it grows properly in humid conditions and in low light, and it is considered as being a plant which is energetically positive.  
  5. Philodendron: it requires little maintenance and grows in humid atmospheres.  
  6. Potus: in addition to resisting indoor lighting, it can grow without soil as a hydroponic crop.  
  7. Ferns or ivy: they grow vertically in a natural way, turning an aseptic atmosphere into a living one.   

Why hang a plant when you can cover the whole wall in green?

 

 

Photo credits: Greenarea

Pictures: D'Lab

Greenarea is a company specialised in connecting nature and design; banking on creativity, innovation and sustainable solutions which improve quality of life and enhance well-being. Noken has worked with its solutions on several occasions for the showroom in the company head office.

Biophilic architecture in the bathroom: what is biophilic design?

Human beings are related to the environment in a sensory way, absorbing information which is interpreted by our brain and generating behavioural and emotional responses.

The human being understands nature as home and origin. Devised by Edward O. Wilson in the 80s, biophilic design and architecture means “love of life” and proposes connecting with nature again, based on the need of the human being to be in touch with their origin and the wellness that this provides. 

A built environment in which we include nature elements, whether through a visual, auditory, tactile or olfactory connection which improves people's health. It conveys harmony, positivity, calmness and energy. Beyond including plants or creating vertical gardens, the biophilic design goes further and it interferes with other decisions such as designing the way of seeing a garden through the windows, improving the air flow, the ideal lighting which simulates natural light and shadows, or the use of natural and biodegradable materials. 

Architecture and design evolve towards what is natural, and biophilia is an increasingly present trend.