Live plants are not for everyone. Someone does not have time to take care of them, or maybe you have chosen strict minimalism for the apartment, and flowers in cute pots do not fit there. But what if you want to add greenery at the same time? In this article we will talk about living, artificial and stabilized moss in the interior and show photos of beautiful examples — there is an option for everyone.
All about the use of moss in the interior
How to apply
Ideas for different rooms
— Living room
Moss in the interior of an apartment has a number of advantages over classic houseplants.
- It does not require constant care — it does not need to be regularly watered, fertilized, transplanted, cut.
- It creates a feeling of comfort, while remaining a stylish decorative element that will fit into any modern style: from eco to hi-tech.
- Easily mounted on the wall — no heavy structures and soil are needed.
- Adds vibrant colors to a space – it can be used as a bright accent in a calm or even monochrome palette. It does not fade or darken, so it will retain a juicy green tint for a long time.
- Creates additional sound insulation.
- It can be used in many ways in any room: cover the entire surface, hang instead of a regular picture, emphasize the proportions of the room. Since it is not afraid of moisture and is not picky about lighting, it is suitable for kitchens and bathrooms without windows.
Living moss in the interior
This type is now infrequently used, as more technologically advanced alternatives have appeared that require little maintenance and constant spraying, which affects the humidity of the room, and this, in turn, can damage furniture and decor.
Artificial moss on the wall is created from special polymers using dyes. Visually almost indistinguishable from natural. This type is usually chosen for large-scale wall-to-wall compositions, especially in country houses or offices, where the area is very large.
You can even make it yourself — for this you will need green sponges, paints (acrylic is best) and ordinary transparent glue. It is enough to paint the sponge pieces in the desired color and stick on the surface, creating the desired composition and relief.
This is the most popular choice for decorating an apartment, as it combines the characteristics of living and decorative moss, avoiding their main disadvantages — the complexity of caring for the first and the artificiality of the second.
To obtain such a hybrid type, a special technology is used: when a living plant reaches its peak, it is placed in a special glycerin solution for 2-3 weeks. During this time, chemical compounds remove water from the tissues, thereby stabilizing the plant. In fact, it is preserved in order to maintain a natural and fresh look for a long time, while not requiring constant attention. In good conditions, the stabilized variant will live 6-7 years.
You can stabilize different types.
- Yagel is a voluminous fluffy breed, from which interesting relief compositions are obtained.
- Layers — a flat coating with a fine pile, similar to a lawn, most often becomes the basis of a phytowall.
- Bumps are dense voluminous pieces that are used to create panels and other objects that imitate the natural landscape.
How to apply
Decorative moss on the wall can be placed in many ways.
Several panels are tightly connected to each other and cover a large section of the wall or even the entire wall. The result is a solid canvas that attracts the eye and becomes the focal point of the design. In addition, the composition will perfectly soundproof the room. Such panels are usually mounted on self-tapping screws and brackets or liquid nails — this is possible due to the low weight of the structure. The thickness of the panels can be from 1 to 5 cm.
The only significant disadvantage of this decorating solution is that due to the vast area of landscaping, the price will turn out to be quite high.
A smaller alternative that not only looks good as a decor, but also zones the space in an original way, and also visually changes its proportions. If you have a small room and low ceilings, vertical stripes of greenery will visually stretch them up.
Even with the help of narrow panels, you can decorate small empty places that are usually not used in any way: the space between the columns, next to the doors, behind the mirror or on the stairs in a private house.
If full-fledged phytowalls or vertical zoning are not yet for you, you can choose a safe and economical decoration — a decorative green panel. It is placed in any room along with other decorations or as a main accent accessory. It will look good in an eco-style with an abundance of wood and other natural materials, gets along with any indoor plants, but can completely replace them.
In addition to mossy species, a phytopicture may contain other elements: tree bark; creeping plants; small stones; dried flowers or artificial flowers.
Visually, the panel can be monochromatic or include several shades of green and brown.
Ideas for different rooms
Due to the high humidity, the bathroom is the most popular place for such phytodesign. A small panel will replace an ordinary poster or picture, which is rarely placed in the bathroom, and narrow vertical stripes can beat the area around the mirror.
If the area allows and there is an unused section of the wall, it is easy to cover it with green panels — you get an original decor that will add volume to the space.
In the kitchen, the plant is usually placed in the dining area — in the cooking corner, the live one will suffer from high temperatures, and the artificial one will quickly become dirty.
The place above the table can be decorated with a horizontal phyto-picture — it will immediately designate a separate area even in a small typical kitchen and focus on the dining group. If it is important to stretch the room up, decorate the wall with vertical inserts: symmetrical or folded into a composition.
In the living room, phytodesign helps to place artistic accents and add natural colors to a restrained palette, and also allows you to relax after a hard day and feel closer to nature.
The implementation can be anything — from a full-fledged green wall to point accents. Behind the sofa, you can place a large panel, with the help of vertical stripes — adjust the proportions of the room. The surfaces behind the TV are also decorated with a composite composition of small phytopanels.
One green element looks impressive in contrast with the monochrome range and modern technological materials — it turns out an interesting variation on the theme of houses of the future.
In the bedroom, it is especially important to create a feeling of comfort. Supplement houseplants — or replace them with stabilized flora. Depending on the style and size of the room, choose an accent panel behind the headboard, a moss wall panel or a complex combined composition with green elements.
The stabilized plant does not cause allergies, so it can be used in a recreation area.
How to care
The main advantage of a stabilized phytowall at home is that such flora does not need special care, like most indoor plants. Accustomed to harsh natural conditions, mossy breeds have learned to survive with minimal resources. So,
- Additional lighting — enough of what is already in the room.
- Regular watering — the plant does not have to be watered in principle, since it takes the moisture it needs from the air. If it is very dry in the apartment, then it is better to spray live or stabilized moss from a spray bottle with water and glycerin a couple of times a month.
- Special temperature regime — these plants are accustomed to cold, precipitation, drought and temperature extremes.
- Fertilizers and pesticides — they simply do not start there.
An important point: if there are animals and small children in the house, make sure that they will not have access to the wall or panel so that they do not eat it and become poisoned.
The easiest way to care for artificial moss is that it completely turns into a decorative element, so it’s enough just to wipe it off dust sometimes. But for a living, without stabilization, you will need to choose a comfortable temperature and light regime and not place it next to incandescent lamps.