Adding Greenery to your Home

With warmer weather (hopefully) right around the corner, what better way to welcome spring into your home by adding some nature? A few weeks ago I discussed some different ways you can incorporate Pantone’s colour of the year Greenery, into all the different space in your home. But there are more ways to add some greenery into your home besides the typical paint, wallpaper, and decorative accessories. You can take the literal meaning and add some living plant life to your home.


GREEN ROOF

For those of you out there who like to go big or go home, this is definitely a big way to add greenery to your home. Just imagine for a moment, if every roof was a green roof in your entire residential neighborhood. Wouldn’t that be so much nicer to look at, than a million black-shingled roofs? And just imagine how much fresher the air we breathe would feel and taste if all those roofs were covered in plants. But of course making your roof look a little prettier is certainly not the only benefit to adding a bunch of plants on top of your house. There are a few more basic benefits to installing a green roof such as they reduce water runoff, serve as a habitat for birds, and the most obvious improved air quality.

Green roofs are incredibly energy efficient. Imagine yourself standing outside on a hot sunny day wearing all black. You would get incredibly hot pretty quickly, since black absorbs heat. Now imagine standing outside on that same hot sunny day wearing all white. You’re body temperature would remain much cooler than it would in the black outfit, because white reflects the heat. Having a green roof is a very similar, in the way that a black roof would absorb a lot of the heat from the sun making the inside of your home very warm. Whereas a green roof would reflect a lot of that heat away from the house, and therefore reducing the amount of energy your house would need to heat and cool itself. From a cost standpoint, green roofs actually last longer too. Because the roofing material isn’t exposed to harmful UV rays, they roof doesn’t break down as quickly. Which is great news, since it means that roof maintenance is less and you won’t have to redo your roof quite as often.


LIVING WALL

What better way to bring some nature into your home, than by devoting a whole wall a living wall of plants? This application is typically seen in commercial buildings where the spaces are much larger, but why not bring this feature into your home, even if it is on a slightly smaller scale. There are the obvious benefits to having a living wall in your home from the aesthetic it provides (especially in the long grey winter months), to the indoor air quality, to making your home more energy efficient and sustainable, and of course your general health and wellness. But there are also other benefits that living walls provide that you may not think of, such as acoustics, building protection, and finally property value.

When designing a large space, clients often complain that the space has an echo or is too loud. This is usually caused by the usual noises of a home (music, laughter, people chatting) not being absorbed by the walls. Many people choose to soften these sounds with softer design elements, such as area rugs or tapestries, but a living wall can achieve the same softening effect to a space. That isn’t the only way that living walls can help your home either, by having a naturally living wall of plant life in your home, it can reduce the temperature fluctuations your home may experience. These temperature fluctuations can cause damage to your homes’ interior from warped wood flooring to cracks in your walls or ceiling. By reducing these drastic changes with a living wall, you reduce the possibility of these damages occurring in your home. In today’s world, people are becoming more and more conscious of environmental living, which means by having a large feature in your home that promotes just that will certainly increate the value of your home.