Designing a Living Wall for Your Home and Garden

Living walls have become incredibly popular. The idea first emerged in commercial garden and building design, but now has become very popular in domestic garden design. It is a very easy way to add interest to your garden or interior design so that you can create a unique piece of art.  Make sure to heed our warnings about water damage if building an interior wall garden.

You can have living wall art in both the inside and outside of your home. Having a vertical garden can brighten up a blank wall on the outside of your house, or be used as an attractive wall feature inside your home. The possibilities are endless. You can create something which is purely decorative, or if you grow herbs it can be functional as well.

There are many pre-made wall art containers which are now on the market. You can choose from ones which are pre-planted, or just buy the frame and do the planting yourself.

Even though it may look a little difficult to make your own wall art with plants, with some patience and some skill, you can easily make one of these features yourself. You will then have the satisfaction of knowing that you have created your own living work of art. It is fascinating to see how it changes as it grows.

Your first step is to think about the basic needs of your plants. It doesn’t matter whether plants are in a wall art structure or a more conventional pot, they still have the same basic needs to survive. They need light, so you need to make sure that you are going to put your plant wall art in a place where they will get plenty of light. Obviously, they will also need soil and water. All your wall art garden needs is to be able to fulfil these needs. If you look after them, your plants will flourish and you will have an amazing wall decoration.

There are many different types of plants which you can grow in a wall container. One of the most popular types of plants which are used in wall containers is succulents. These are great for wall art as they tend to be interesting shapes and are easy to care for. Succulents need watering when the soil becomes dry and this tends to be around every 7 days or so. This means that they are very easy to look after and require little maintenance.

Herbs can also make a very attractive wall art feature. This also has the obvious advantage that you can use the fresh herbs when you cook. There is nothing like the taste of fresh herbs which you have just picked yourself. This can be a great wall art feature for your kitchen or just outside your back door. It is also a great idea if you only have a small space outdoors. Herb wall art can be a great idea if you only have a balcony, or a small space in your kitchen.

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Incorporating Wall Art Into Your Interior Design

Most of us have pictures on the wall, but how much thought did we give to actually placing wall art in our home? Too often wall art is very much an afterthought in our interior design plans. Whist it is always a great idea to buy wall art simply because you see it in the store and really like it, if you really want to incorporate art into your home, there does need to be some forward planning.

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What often happens is that we give a lot of thought to the color scheme of the room. We then carefully pick the furniture and accessories for the room and arrange them thoughtfully. We are really pleased with the result. The we look at the walls and realize that we have given no thought at all to how we can use wall art in our overall design.

However, we really should think about wall art at the very start of working out our interior design ideas. It is an integral part and can be used to enhance the overall design. Wall art should not be an afterthought – it should be an important part of the design from the very start. Here are some of the things that you need to think about when integrating wall art seamlessly into your interior design to create a stunning overall effect for any living space.

Think About Wall Art as The Focus

This leads on from the point that you take your inspiration from the wall art, rather than trying to design a scheme around it. When you start your design you can decide that the focal point is your chosen piece of art work.

The first point that you have to consider in any interior design project is where your focal point should be. One of the easiest ways that you can choose and create your focal point is to use wall art. It is a very obvious device which is so often overlooked, but in so many ways it is the simplest way to start your interior design project.

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If you decide to make wall art the focal part of the interior design of the room, you need to make sure that you get the scale right for the size of the room. We are talking about a focal point here. It needs to be large enough so that it doesn’t get lost in the scheme, but not so large that it dominates the room and everything else gets lost.

You want to use wall art to draw the eye to the focal point of the room. You should see it as an opportunity to have the perfect setting for your favorite pieces of art. Until you have actually gone through the exercise of making your favorite art work the focal point of your room, it really is difficult to imagine how much easier this makes the whole task of redesigning your room. When you have worked in this way it is difficult to do anything else as it makes the process so much easier.

You don’t just have to use one piece of art to create the effect that you want. A very effective technique is to create a gallery wall. You can experiment putting different pieces together on the wall. They can either be matching or contrasting pieces. It can be a lot of fun working out which wall art works in a gallery style setting. Let your imagination run wild and experiment with putting different pieces together.

 

Quick Tips for Adding Wall Art to Your Interior Decoration

Wall Art and Color

One of the most fundamental ways in which wall art can enhance any room is by introducing color which is complimentary to your overall design palette. There is now an endless choice of paint colors for your walls. This is both a benefit and a curse! Sometimes the choice can just be overwhelming and you can get very caught up in exactly which shade of blue, green, red, or yellow you want. The choices are endless.

Why don’t you try a different approach? You could use a piece of wall art as your inspiration. Instead of trying to fit the wall art to the color scheme which you have already chosen, you could find the art work first and use this as the template for your color palate and design scheme. You can either pick out the dominant color, or chose a number of colors and shades which will fit in with the art.

Use Different Styles of Wall Art

There are many different types of wall art – you do not just have to limit yourself to pictures and paintings. Using different art mediums on your wall can bring an interesting element to your interior design. Think about how you can use wall art to add texture to your room design.

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Something as simple as a shadow box design can bring interest and originality to your interior design. You can personalize it with items which are meaningful to you and your family. It can be a great reminder of past vacations or special times in your life.

Wall Art is for Everyone

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Photo by Patrick Hoesly

You do not need to spend a great deal of money on wall art. There are so many different inexpensive art pieces available these days, it really is accessible for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are living in a small space or a huge mansion, you should still give consideration to how wall art can make your space a better place.

The ideal is to integrate your wall art in to your design from the very start, but if this isn’t possible, do not let this deter you from using wall art to enhance your living space. That first studio apartment or room can benefit so much from having a beautiful, interesting or fun piece of wall art. You can choose whatever wall art is within your budget and makes you happy. There are no rules. Just enjoy.