Sometimes an idea follows you around for a while until you just can't avoid it anymore. While in New York over the weekend I went to Atrium DUMBO for dinner and was immediately struck by the giant, live green wall. Paired with distressed wood, high ceilings, and bistro lights, I felt like we were dining in a large, private city garden. It also reminded me of the entry at the Warren Lofts, which always stops me in my tracks when I pass by.
And then, wouldn't you know, a client asked about green walls this week. So now that I've got green walls on the brain (not as uncomfortable as it sounds), I thought I should bring you in on the fun as well.
This is a look I've seen more in public spaces than in private, and I for one love it. Offices, restaurants, lobbies, and hotels can all suffer from a lack of personality. Even when these places are well-designed, they often end up looking so designed that they become impersonal. Green walls add literal life to a space, lending a bit of much-needed chaos to the proceedings.
At home, it's a different story. While I wouldn't try it in my house for fear of being overwhelmed, I think it would look killer on a fence or outdoor wall. What better way to cover up a chain link fence, or add interest to a paved patio? I wonder if herbs would be good candidates for this treatment. I'd love to make the vertical spaces in my patio carry some of the herb garden workload.
And while I wouldn't try it in the home I have, I can totally see this working in a big, modern, lofty home. Just check out how amazing the greens look against the grays here. Plus, you'd get the added bonus of purified air year round.
What do you think? Are you all good on your lone houseplant? Or are you tempted to go all out?
Image credits: Atrium DUMBO / Green wall at Warren Lofts by GSky / Oficinas Zentro designed by Gonzalez Moix / Woodside Decorator Show House via Simplified Bee / Green wall via VT Wonen / Love the green wall at my neighborhood restaurant - the Dog and Pig Show
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