We could wax poetic about the benefits and beauty tied to artificial green walls for days on end. Really, there’s just too much to say!
But our musings will be entirely inconsequential without you knowing what to look for and how to pick the product best suited to your space and needs. So, to ensure you understand why you’re buying what you’re buying, we’ve compiled the most important aspects to remember before purchasing.
Let’s get learning!
How to Choose a Fake Green Wall
Although we know how hard it can be to resist buying a faux vertical garden panel from our premium luxury collection purely for the look, it will ultimately lead to choosing a better product for your space. And if you ask us, every artificial green wall is as beautiful and elegant as the next one, so you can’t go wrong there. But you should pay attention to the following:
Fake green walls look stunning everywhere. These luscious decor items are becoming more prominent in spas, offices, houses, and high-class businesses, but you also see them pronounced in outdoor gardens.
But even though they can find a home anywhere, you should take your desired location into consideration before buying green wall panels to ensure cohesion.
OPTION 1: INDOORS
Artificial vertical gardens recently transcended the bounds of exterior decorating and entered our living and working quarters. Today, you can spot them in reception areas, hallways, rooms, and even ceilings.
To choose the best product, make sure it blends well with the colors and theme of your home. By doing so, you’ll achieve unity. For example, white or beige rooms lacking in color do well with a colorful faux vertical garden, while spaces that embrace vibrancy and eye-catching design might benefit from a distinctive yellow buxus.
And if you want something undeniably eye-catching, your indoor space will take on a new look with any of our luxurious artificial wall discs. Nature in a disc, anyone?
OPTION 2: OUTDOORS
If you’re looking for artificial foliage to adorn an outdoor space, you’ll need to consider a separate set of factors. Namely, since your faux green wall will be exposed to the natural elements, you must make sure it’s UV-resistant and made from durable, quality materials.
If not, you risk your plant walls becoming brittle, fading away, or losing brightness soon.
Luckily, all Designer Plants products have embedded UV protection, making fading much less likely. Although this usually means paying more upfront, you’ll ultimately save money in the long run, as you won’t have to replace the panels frequently.
It’s also important to consider the functionality of artificial green walls for your exterior. While many are simply looking for beautification, some of our clients emphasize the need for purposeful design, i.e. concealing unsightly fences or decrepit walls. To do so, opt for a dense Boston ivy wall to add instant embellishment and reintroduce privacy.
The steep price tag associated with a living green wall tends to deter many from purchasing and maintaining it. But although artificial greenery doesn’t demand the same financial investment and rigorous upkeep, some products may still be too expensive for some. So, you should determine your budget for decorating and ensure you can keep up with the costs without breaking the bank. For example, our wall panels range from 11 sqft. to 33 sqft, and you can expect to pay approximately $70-$450 per panel, depending on the type, materials, and density.
In terms of maintenance, you’re looking at minimal costs, regardless of the type you pick. Namely, the ongoing costs for fauxliege upkeep primarily come from UV-resistant sprays (if you keep your greenery outside) and the tiniest amount of effort you’ll put in for dusting.
If you take a glimpse at our extensive collection, you’ll quickly realize that each piece of artificial foliage mimics real greenery. As such, we have products imitating tropical plants, jungle ferns, rainforest vegetation, moss, etc.
So, before choosing a fake green wall, explore your locality and determine which type of foliage best fits your surroundings and what you like most. At certain locations, diamond-shaped leaves look much better than needle-shaped ones and can incite different emotions and atmospheres.
Artificial green walls are famous for being easy to install. Not only that, but you can also prop them up on a variety of surfaces, including but not limited to:
Depending on where you want your fake green wall to “thrive”, you’ll either need a hammer, nails, and a drill, or just zip ties. But we won’t go into the specifics in this blog because we’ve got a whole step-by-step guide on installing an artificial green wall.
What you should consider before choosing your fake vertical garden is whether you want to install it yourself as a DIY project or have a professional team come by to do the work instead.
OPTION 1: DIY
If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, artificial green wall panels will be the perfect challenge. Most installation processes are easy, fast, and only require a handful of tools, but depending on where you want your greenery to go, you might need a bit more expertise. For example, installing a fake vertical garden on brick or masonry is more complicated, but still doable.
Just remember, if you’re doing the job yourself - mind your safety, especially when working with a drill. We don’t need anyone getting hurt in the process!
OPTION 2: PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
For those who don’t want the hassle of installing wall panels by themselves, most vendors (including Designer Plants) offer professional installation by a dedicated team of experts. This option is perfect for customers drawn to the “get-it-and-forget-it approach” and who simply want to enjoy the beauty of artificial greenery without doing any of the work.
Professional installation usually takes less time than DIYs, as the team prepares, marks, and hangs up your fake green wall panels in one go. Plus, they always clean up after the job is done!
Nowadays, ethical and sustainable production is paramount and a priority for many businesses. Even though we’re conditioned to think all plastic is bad plastic, there’s more to the subject than meets the eye. In fact, the American Chemistry Council contends that plastic inspires innovation and makes our lives easier.
As a result, we’ve stocked up on higher-grade plastic that’s considered better for the environment and more durable. By investing in these products, you’re bearing arms in the fight for a healthy planet.
Luckily, our entire collection is made from 100% fully recyclable materials, making each product:
- ROHS-compliant (follows the rules for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances), REACH-compliant (adheres to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals),
- ISO-compliant (meets the requirements of the International Organization for Standardization).
To find out whether the fake vertical gardens you’ve been eyeing are eco-friendly, make sure they don’t contain:
- Boric acid
- Heavy metals
- Polybrominated biphenyl (PBB)
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)
Another beneficial environmentally-friendly feature of artificial foliage is that you can move them around without determining whether they will wilt in that specific location. As a result, you won’t be buying new fake greenery to suit certain areas in your home, unlike their delicate natural counterparts.
Last but not least, it’s imperative that you find fake green walls that allow customization. With this, you can make your faux garden unique and tailored exclusively to your tastes. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons we’re so popular with architects, builders, developers, and certifiers!
To cater to a customer’s every whim, Designer Plants brought in a delicate and classic flower stem design that can be placed anywhere on a faux green wall. This way, you can speckle your vibrant fauxliege with dainty white blooms that are UV-resistant and impervious to harsh weather conditions (even those we get in Florida).