Green Walls: The Difference Between Living Walls and Moss Walls
One of the hottest trends in office design right now is the green wall. By installing a living wall or a moss wall, a workplace instantly provides its staff and clients with beautiful decor that can also help improve their wellness and productivity. The preserved moss in a moss wall or the live plants in a living wall can also provide an acoustic solution to indoor noise issues. In addition, the live plants deliver all-natural air purification to the people around them. And these are just a few of the many benefits that green walls can offer.
If you’re interested in installing a living wall or a moss wall in one or more interior commercial spaces, or if you’re just curious about the benefits that different green walls can offer, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to learn about green walls and how they can transform your workplace, help your employees, and impact your organization’s brand.
Biophilia and Biophilic Design: A Lean Green Decor Machine
At Green Oasis, our core motivator is the concept of biophilic design. This design concept is based on the biophilia hypothesis, which was created by biologist and naturalist Edward O. Wilson. Wilson concluded that humans are innately driven to seek out natural environments and find comfort in them.
People enjoy being around plants and greenery for more than just aesthetic reasons. We are drawn to nature-inspired environments because they have a positive effect on us, from providing air purification to acoustic comfort to many more perks.
The Benefits of Biophilia: When Improvements Take Root
Green walls are statement pieces that look fantastic, whether they are displaying an organization’s brand or being featured on social media — and if you add a green wall, you can expect to have customers and employees post and share lovely photos of it. Plus, green walls bring several physical and physiological benefits to the people who work and live among them. Studies show that people who are working near plants or nature-inspired elements indoors display improved cognitive functions, including the following:
- Reduced stress
- Increased productivity
- Faster healing
- Better mood
- Higher creativity
As we continue to navigate and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, more employers are rethinking their shared spaces and finding ways to make people feel better when they’re back in their workplaces. Because green walls are so beneficial and can create a better indoor experience, they are surging in popularity.
Many interior designers and architectural designers recognize that the future of urban living lies in coexisting with nature. People all over the world are looking to change the way that shared spaces are built and managed. Green walls, including both living walls and moss walls, are just one unique and tailored way that employers can let nature inside to benefit their staff while promoting their business.
Living Walls: Benefits to Grow
Companies considering green walls as part of their interior design can choose between living walls and moss walls. If you are seeking a dynamic element for your office’s biophilic design, a living wall is the way to grow.
As the name implies, a living wall is made with live plants and will require some maintenance. However, this green wall is surprisingly easy to care for. Every Green Oasis living wall includes a self-watering irrigation system, thanks to our unique POD design. This design ensures that leaves and debris do not enter the system to attract bugs or pests and that plants cannot be blown or bumped out of place. Should a plant need to be replaced for a different color or seasonal style, the removable pot in the POD design makes the replacement process a snap. Plus, PODs are modular and can accommodate any curves or shapes, making your company’s living wall an innovative and one-of-a-kind workplace decor that is incredibly easy to manage and maintain.
In addition to being low-maintenance, living walls make gorgeous and highly beneficial additions to commercial spaces. The live plants provide the benefits of nature within a workplace. Employees who work near a green wall can enjoy the all-natural air purification and acoustic comfort that the plants offer. Both Apple and Amazon have embraced biophilia, combining nature with the workplace by adding living walls to their corporate offices.
Moss Walls: Low Maintenance, Highly Customizable
A moss wall is another fantastic green wall choice that offers a highly customizable set of options while requiring zero maintenance once it is installed.
Green Oasis’ preserved moss is made from real live moss that has been sustainably harvested and undergone an industry-secret preservation process, making it both beautiful and durable. In fact, it can last more than ten years without needing water or sunlight.
Companies love the low-maintenance features of non-toxic moss walls, which never require care or pruning and have a CLASS A fire rating, yet still offer many of the biophilic design benefits of a living wall. Even though the plants in a moss wall are preserved, employers still report increased productivity from their staff, who find the greenery to be a great acoustic solution that dulls bothersome workplace noises. While the different kinds of preserved moss options land at different points of the Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) scale, with 0 being no sound absorption and 1.0 being 100% sound absorption, the Green Oasis selections for moss walls have between .55 and .90 NRC ratings.
In addition to its durable qualities, preserved moss comes in a diverse range of types, colors, and shapes, including the dimensional Pole Moss, the tall and lush Pillow Moss, the clean and simple Flat Moss, and the versatile Reindeer Moss. If you want to take your moss wall or design to the next level, consider how Reindeer Moss is available in 14 different colors.
Unsure whether you have enough indoor space for a moss wall? Remember that preserved moss can be customized into smaller features, like acoustic tiles or a backdrop piece. You can even have your company’s logo designed in preserved moss, demonstrating your corporate brand’s commitment to the environment and a green approach to business.
Selecting the Right Green Wall for You
Because green walls are so customizable and easy to care for, it’s no wonder that their popularity is growing, especially as companies are planning to re-open their doorways to staff and customers. Adding a living wall or a moss wall certainly gives an office a statement piece that will capture positive attention. More than that, it can offer myriad benefits to employees, impacting their productivity as well as their wellness.
Regardless of the dimensions or lighting in the space you’re working with, there’s a fantastic-looking and easy-care biophilic solution available for you — one that everyone who walks into your office will love and that will wow people who see photos of it online and on social media. Contact Green Oasis today, and learn how this small business with more than 12 years of experience can design and install a green wall in your workplace that will help employees take root and support your business’ growth opportunities.