Today I will show you how to do a green wall in a couple of hours! This tutorial is great for those who don’t have a green thumb but who nonetheless would like to enjoy a bit of greenery in their homes.
First and foremost, you need to let go of your preconceptions about artificial plants. If they are well chosen, they can make out a very satisfying visual. Using artificial plants allows us to avoid many hassles: no creepy bugs, no need for sunlight or water. And you can go on vacation with peace of mind: your plants will look the same when you come back!
What you will need for this project:
– wire mesh (as much as needed to cover your wall – leaving a 15 cm space on each side)
– Brackets/wooden planks (not larger than a baseboard)
– Staple gun
– Silicone gun and white color silicone
– Double-sided tape
– Several batches of artificial plants, for a 40x40cm square foresee 8 pieces of plants
– Wire and wire cutters
STEP1, Mounting the wire mesh panel
Begin by gluing two wooden planks to the wall, 15cm from the ceiling and 15 cm from the bottom of the wall.
– Apply the double-sided tape and the silicone all over the upper plank then place it on the wall (remember to place it 15cm away from the ceiling)
– Do the same for the lower plank (again placing it 15cm away from the base of the wall)
– Allow 45min for the silicone to dry, then you can staple the wire mesh to the wooden planks (If you don’t want to use silicone, you could simply drill holes and screw the planks to the wall).
STEP 2, Arranging the plants
– For better results, try to find at least seven kinds of artificial plants (different sizes, colors and textures), which you will place following an irregular pattern as you can see on the sketch below.
– I suggest using plants with large leafs at the bottom of the panel and the ones with longer and more narrow leafs at the top.
– Place the plants on the panel and tie them with wire if needed.
– Open up the leaves of your plants to cover all the wire mesh.
And there you go!
The green wall you can see in the pictures below is located in our bathroom, which is like a corridor. It’s a long and narrow space.
In order to bring life to the back wall, I had designed a “planter closet” with storage in the bottom and a box for plants in the upper part. I did not want to use the whole wall to put my plants because I still needed storage space in the bathroom. half a wall was more than enough for my indoor fake garden. Plus, all the plants reflect on the mirror facing them which makes the space seem deeper and the plants more abundant.
My dream would be to have one day a bathroom that opens up on a garden. In the meantime, I really enjoy this little wall which I can even see it from my bedroom.
Nature (even fake!) can really upgrade a space. Use it without moderation!
Here an other realisation using the same process (office in Chai Wan) :