Living green walls are more popular than ever, and walls across America are looking all the better for it thanks to the ongoing architect and designer-led interest in plants and biophilic design for modern spaces. From the established green wall trend has emerged another equally stunning option. One that’s changing the visual dynamics and design potential of commercial spaces: Enter the moss wall.
The rise of moss walls
Moss walls are one of the most versatile and compelling design elements to emerge on the interior design market in some time. These living wall alternatives have all of the splendor of a living green wall but are free from the same irrigation and lighting requirements that are essential to healthy living green walls. However, this is only part of the story of the moss wall’s rise to prominence in the commercial and residential design world.
Form and function tell the full story of moss walls in our modern spaces.
Form, shape, and style all coexist in moss, allowing designers to create one-of-a-kind designs with a deep catalog of texture and color options. Moss walls can essentially function in nearly any way that you can imagine, and can even be outfit with wood, stone, succulents, and more to create a truly inspired look and feel.
Function is the essential component of the moss wall, however. Moss can be an accent or the centerpiece to a design, helping to cultivate an experience, a mood, a pattern or distinctiveness that works with any space. The key is that moss fixtures require less effort and less budget in the long run. These factors add to their overall appeal and the rising interest in the product.
“Moss walls can be created in several different design themes such as modern and contemporary. This includes monochromatic colors with just the texture of one or multiple mosses,” says Laura Burns-Lambert, one of Ambius’ premier design experts. “Another example is Urban Industrial design, which includes interesting textural items such as wood, metal, or tillandsias. Really, the best part about moss walls is that they can be customized to fit any size, shape, or experience.”
Moss walls are especially popular for use in brand signage, event spaces, and small accent situations. Large-scale moss installations are becoming more prominent than ever, even in residential homes and multi-family housing locations.
Moss walls in biophilic design
This trend towards greenery and natural elements within interior design is nothing new. Demand has skyrocketed in recent years as businesses and institutions both large and small begin to take employee, guest, and customer well-being more seriously. Wellness and brand-conscious design have become more essential than ever as people’s desire for natural and authentic experiences inside and out has become more pronounced. Moss is helping businesses bridge the gap and meet the design needs that people are increasingly requesting.
This has helped push the biophilic design movement more and more into the spotlight as the public becomes more familiar and appreciative of how the design elements benefit not only their health, but their happiness and productivity at work – benefits of which executives, human resource professionals, and change management experts are growing to appreciate as well.
The One-Stop-Shop Guide to Moss Walls:
With so many to name, we thought we’d put all of the benefits of moss walls in one place:
- Incorporates elements of Biophilic design
- Fights air pollution (absorbs toxic VOC’s)
- No additional lighting needed
- No irrigation needed
- Low maintenance
- Absorbs sound pollution
- Quick and easy installation
There are several species of moss that are suitable for use in moss walls. The goal for designers is to determine which type of moss will best suit your specific business needs and brand goals. Species of moss used in moss walls include:
- Sheet moss
- Reindeer moss
- Pillow moss
- Mood moss
- Fern moss
What are the basic “need to know” features of moss walls? We have the answers!
- Moss walls can come in nearly any size or shape due to the versatility of moss
- Moss walls or panels have a nearly limitless design potential
- Items such as wood, metal, succulents, and ferns are commonly added to moss walls
- The moss used is not “alive,” but rather is preserved for design use
- Moss walls are great for branding initiatives in places like reception areas, retail stores, restaurants, and pop-up events
- These walls are the most economical green walls options on the market right now
- Moss walls are low maintenance, not no maintenance. The moss can become dry and brittle or become dusty over time, which is why we recommend our maintenance plan.
Want to find out more about how green walls can benefit your property? We encourage you to check out our Ultimate Guide to Living Green Walls, a definitive guide curated for any business or designer. You can also get in touch with one of our design experts by calling 800.581.9946.
*Roel Ventura and Laura Burns-Lambert, Ambius expert designers, contributed to this article.