Originally developed for use in hedging fences, garden walls and privicy screening, the latest decorating trend sees artificial hedges being installed indoors to create green features, walls and even furniture.
Artificial hedges have long been used to replace live hedges in outdoor spaces such as roof-top terraces or synthetic garden fences, giving the appearance of lush hedging year round and even in drought conditions.
Recent studies have shown that employees are more productive and dynamic when they have the feeling of nature in their surroundings. In addition, green is a colour that symbolizes nature and balance, and is often used in decorating for its calming effect.
Some of the indoor residential applications for artificial hedges include family livingrooms, where it is installed to create green areas that are fun and stylish. The material is also suitable for those with plant and grass allergies as it does not contain pollen or other natural elements that could trigger a reaction.
Now the idea of bringing the outdoors inside using artificial hedges is gaining popularity, especially in commercial and office interior designs.
Hotels have taken to installing artificial hedges, as they make a great addition to a lobby area or to an indoor swimming pool or spa, creating a bright green natural effect inside the building and allowing guests to relax.
Another option is to apply artificial hedges on walls or as coverings for furnishings. This look has become popular in commercial and retail shops, including bars and restaurants, though it can also be suitable for home or office decoration.
Artificial hedges are appropriate for indoor use as they are non-toxic – making them ideal for children or pets – as well as 100 per cent recyclable. The material used is also UV resistant so the material will preserve its original colour in the summer, and is suitable for all kind of climates. There are many brands on the market that offer very natural-looking types of artificial hedges.
Best of all, it is easy to maintain, offering a natural look while requiring no soil, pesticides, fertilizer or water.
Today most of the companies producing synthetic hedges do it in a sustainable way, using environmentally friendly raw materials, and creating a completely re-usable product within a closed loop manufacturing cycle.
Nature lovers may argue artificial hedges will never replace the real thing. However, it can be a very good alternative for use in interior design and decoration.