Moss walls are a great way to add color and texture to your home without spending too much time or money. They come in various sizes and styles, and they can be installed almost anywhere.
Moss walls are a natural material that grows naturally in moist environments such as rainforests. The moss itself has a soft, fuzzy appearance, and it’s often found growing on tree trunks.
Mosses are also known for their ability to absorb moisture from the air, creating a humid environment around them. This makes them perfect for adding a lush look to indoor spaces.
In this article, we will be discussing what a moss wall is and how you can create one in 5 easy steps.
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What is a Moss Wall?
If there is an empty wall in a room of your home, and you want to try something different, then a moss wall may be the way to go.
Once you have collected the supplies that you will need, creating your moss wall is a lot easier than you may expect. It is a really easy process and the results are just beautiful and will add a lot of color to your home for many years to follow.
A moss wall can be used on an interior or exterior wall. It is used with either living or preserved moss, or you can use a combination of the two.
Alongside this, you can use either one type of moss or you can use several types of moss. This can include reindeer moss, mood and sheet moss. Some moss walls also use other elements to decorate their moss wall, using air plants or even bark as well.
Creating a moss wall can sound like a terrifying task. However, it isn’t that scary once you get started. Below we have put together a guide on moss walls of interior and exterior walls and how you can create one for your own home.
Indoor or Outdoor Moss Walls
You have decided that you want to create a moss wall, however your next decision is deciding where you want it. Do you want it inside your home or do you want it outside?
Where you want your moss wall can affect the type of moss you should be using as well.
Indoor Moss Wall
It may sound strange, and you may have not heard of anyone having an indoor moss wall, but they are a very popular trend.
You can create a moss wall in your home and sit back and enjoy your creation. With an indoor moss wall, we would recommend that you use preserved moss and dried accessories that you place on the moss.
This will help your wall look vibrant, but also means it requires much less maintenance, which is a plus when you have a feature like this in your home.
Preserved moss is very easy to get your hands on. All you need to do is grow and dry natural moss. You want to make an effort to preserve the moss when it is at its most vibrancy. This way you will have vibrant and bold preserved moss, which will be pleasant to look at.
Alongside that, when it comes to preserved moss, you have a wide range of varieties and colors that you can choose from. Then, once your moss wall is up, you can watch it and don’t need to do anything to it for years to come. It doesn’t need any sunlight or water.
Some types of moss that you can preserve and use is up to you.
Mood moss is one of the most popular and common mosses that are used. When mood moss is preserved, it often has a green color and has a very thick, fluffy and almost velvet like appearance.
Alongside that, it is very available in a lot of places, and affordable. You could just use mood moss by itself, as it is that pleasant to look at.
Sheet moss is another common and popular moss you could consider using. You will frequently find this variety of moss on the majority of moss walls. This is because it is a very flat type of moss that can be easily adjusted. You can manipulate this moss to suit you, and it has a deep green coloring.
You may not want a green wall, therefore you should look at reindeer moss for your interior moss wall. In its natural state, reindeer moss is actually green, however, it can be brought in a wide range of colors such as violet, pink and blue.
Reindeer moss opens up your design possibilities with your moss wall. You have the option to be as colorful and crazy as you like. Or you can still go with a natural look with reindeer moss, but the choice is yours.
As well as the different types of preserved moss you can add to your interior moss wall, there are other accessories you can add as well. A lot of people are known to add the following to their interior moss wall:
- Dried Bark,
- Sponge Mushrooms,
- Dried Seed Pods,
- Dried Twigs
All of these things can add more texture and elevate your moss wall. Also, as we have mentioned above, when it comes to interior moss walls, there is little to no maintenance required.
The only time when you may have to carry out maintenance on your indoor moss wall, is if you add something loving to your moss wall. You could add some ivy or air plants.
However, they will need to be watered as per their care requirements. Yet apart from that, as long as there is nothing living in your moss wall, it should require any maintenance or effort from you.
Outdoor Moss Wall
If indoor moss walls are for preserved moss, then you are right to assume that outdoor moss walls are all about living moss. If you want to use living moss, then you should create an exterior moss wall.
However, with living moss it will require some maintenance. To keep the living moss healthy, it does need to be watered. This can be a challenge if it was inside, because it is hanging vertically, yet when it is outside this doesn’t matter.
When it comes to the type of moss you should be using for an outdoor moss wall, you again have plenty of options. Some of the more popular choices, includes:
- Prairie Sphagnum – Prairie Sphagnum is a type of peat moss, which can be seen in a light green/brown color.
- Broom Fork Moss – Broom Fork Moss has a distinctive characteristic of growing large green patches.
- Leucobryum Moss – Leucobryum Moss depends on how much moisture it receives and this can affect its color. However, typically it has a deep bright green color.
- Smooth Cap Moss – Smooth Cap Moss is a type of medium to large moss, which is very dark green.
Alongside living moss, you can add other plants to your wall. This adds lots more details to your moss wall and makes it more interesting to look at.
Also, the plants you add can also add more variety of color to your moss wall, where it may be lacking in variety.
Some of the plants that are known to be used on outside exterior walls include string of hearts, pothos, and bromeliads.
Air plants are a great choice as well, as they get the majority of their nutrients from the air. There are also many varieties that you can choose from, so you won’t be limited to choice.
No matter what you add to your outside moss wall, there is a high chance that it will be living, Therefore, you will need to water them to keep them alive and healthy as often as you should.
This may affect your decision on what you add to your moss wall. However, if you aren’t sure what you want your moss wall to look like, there are plenty of images out there with lots of inspiration of what other people have done.
This will help inspire you and get those creative juices flowing as you try to picture how you want your moss wall to look like.
Building Your Moss Wall: Steps
The steps for creating an indoor and an outdoor moss wall are very similar. The only difference is that with an outdoor moss wall is that if you want to grow your moss and accessories yourself, when you need to. Or if you already have moss, then you can cut and shape that how you want to.
- Wood glue or staple gun
- Floral pins or a hot glue gun
- Accessories (living or preserved)
Step 1. Construct the Frame
Once you’ve got your plywood cut out to the right size, you’ll want to attach it to the frame that you have created to your size specifications.
You can do this by using wood glue or stapling. If you’re making a smaller piece, you can use wood glue. If you’re making something bigger, you should use staples.
Step 2. Add the Moss
Once the frame is constructed, then you can start adding your moss. This is the fun part, because you can let your creativity take over. It is up to you what kind of moss that you use and where you decide to place it.
To attach your moss, you only need to attach the moss with the hot glue gun. You can arrange your moss any way that you like. You can use different colors and textures.
Step 3. Add Your Accessories
Now you don’t have to add accessories if you don’t want to. A moss wall by itself is beautiful, however, this is the stage where you add some accessories for added texture.
Again, use your hot glue gun or even your floral pink. Some dried bark could add extra framing to your moss wall, or some air plants could add even more color that you crave.
Step 4. Wiggle Test
Once everything is in place and all the glue has dried, then it is time for the wiggle test. All this means is by using a finger to gently wiggle the moss and accessories.
You are looking to see if they move or fall off. If they do, then more glue is needed. Otherwise, you can then hang your moss wall up.
Step 5. Hanging and Maintaining Your Moss Wall
After your moss wall has survived the wiggle test, then you can hang your wall up. With an indoor moss wall, you don’t need to do much maintenance.
You may need to re-stick or replace moss over time, but other than that, little is required. With an outdoor moss wall, you will need to water your moss and accessories as and when needed.
As you can see, creating your own moss wall is incredibly simple and easy. You can have a moss wall either inside or outside your home, and they will add color to your home.
Overall, a moss wall is a very simple and inexpensive thing to create. Let your creativity run wild and create your ideal moss wall in your home right now.