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Vertical Garden 1

Installing a vertical garden at home or office

Vertical Garden 2In recent times, clients have been asking me about vertical gardens and the feasibility of installing one indoors. We are often seen at airports and other public areas….but can we do it inside our homes and our offices? Yes, we can. Vertical gardens have several benefits, the prime amongst them being:
• Aesthetics: They liven up the space.
• Better Acoustics: They absorb sound.
• Improved air quality: They act as an air filter and release oxygen.
• Reduced electricity costs: They work well to bring down the temperature and humidity in a room.

Putting plants into the frame
Putting plants into the frame

Installing a Vertical Garden

You can attempt a small scale vertical garden yourself, although a large one may need professional help.
You can start by getting a robust frame which you can hang onto a wall. A non corrosive material like plastic is recommended for the frame. A plastic sheet is recommended to be attached to prevent water leakage.
A layer of fabric needs to be attached next, and this is where the plants will live and grow. A material like felt, which allows good water retention, is recommended.
Now you need to set up a drip irrigation system and here you may want to consult an expert or look up Google. Simply put, you need a tune across the top of your frame, which will drip water throughout the entire structure.
Lastly you need to select the plants that you want to include in your green wall, and this boils down to your personal choice and the overall look of the room.

Sleep 3

Best colours to get a good night’s sleep

According to the Dailymail, Travelodge had conducted a survey in the UK to find out which colours in a bedroom ensure the best quality of Sleep 1sleep. The results are indeed very helpful in designing bedrooms.

Bedrooms with blue colours tend to give the best sleep; nearly eight hours. It gives calm, soothing feelings and is thought to slow the heart rate and even reduce blood pressure.

Bedrooms with blue colours give the best sleep
Bedrooms with blue colours give the best sleep

While green and yellow come close, purple is truly avoidable in bedrooms. It is seen as too stimulating and can reduce sleeping hours to less than six. Grey and brown are complete no-nos for being too dreary and depressing.

Reading Nook 2

Converting odd corners into reading nooks

While designing spaces, sometimes we come across odd corners which are difficult to use for the usual functions. I have often made good use of such corners by converting them into reading nooks. Reading Nook 1There is nothing more relaxing than curling up in such a space on a Saturday afternoon with a book (or a kindle!).

Some clients that I have interacted with have come back saying that such spaces have encouraged children to read more. Kids also begin to understand that books have greater value in our lives than toys.

Creating such nooks is usually inexpensive. There is no expensive piece of furniture to be brought. The design of the space is usually a Reading Nook 3factor of the odd corner itself and one can pick up inexpensive, comfortable furniture.