Living Walls Are Becoming Popular in Honolulu

While some would view it as a form of gardening, others will see living walls as art. We are very fortunate in Honolulu to have an almost perfect climate where we can enjoy the outdoors year round. Flowers bloom in the spring, summer, fall, and winter. It’s continuously green and lush. However, individuals and developers are starting to bring this Hawaiian beautify indoors in the form of vertical gardens. These living walls make indoor spaces simply beautiful.

Living Wall at South Shore Market at Ward Village in Kakaako

Living walls are a great addition to indoor spaces as accent walls. Since they are made up of living plants, they automatically add nature into man-made spaces. They also add texture and beautiful vibrant color. One of the newer additions of living walls, is in the South Shore Market at Ward Village in Kakaako. As Kakaako residents enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, or catch up on shopping, the living walls that occupy two walls at South Shore Market bring beauty and nature inside a building with a contemporary, industrial design. The combination works beautifully.

Living Wall Anaha

Living Wall in the lobby of Anaha at Ward Village

One of the most stunning living walls in Honolulu is at the new Anaha condo residence at Ward Village. The indoor/outdoor garden is located in the lobby for all residents and guests to admire. This vertical garden is welcoming, vibrant in color and texture, and spectacular to look at. With thousands of plants, these living walls the largest in Honolulu.

Living Wall at Nordstrom

Living Wall at Nordstrom at Ala Moana Center

The applications for living walls can be endless. They can make any outdoor or indoor space feel more in tune with nature. In small spaces and in large, the variation of plants used for these displays is up to the designer’s imagination. Colors, textures, leaf shapes, plant sizes, are all part of the design components of these living art displays. Living walls are becoming popular in shopping spaces like the Nordstrom wall at Ala Moana Center, condos, and even restaurants like Herringbone at the International Market Place in Waikiki.

Design Your Own Living Wall at Home

If you would like to try the vertical gardening at your home, begin with a simple idea like the one below. The room will immediately feel cozier, and this idea can be applied here in Hawaii or anywhere on the mainland. Living walls are as much about creativity as function.

Small scale vertical garden inside a condo.

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