A growing bathroom trend to look out for in 2019

Are green walls the hot new bathroom trend to watch out for?

Green walls have grown significantly in popularity this year and as a result, are more readily available in a variety of designs for bathrooms. This is the word from Mark Paul, Founder of The Greenwall Company who says that there is a number of benefits to greening your bathroom including; improved wellbeing and home air quality, absorption of pollutants and noise, and guaranteed aesthetic impact, now home improvement shows are driving the green wall trend.

“With so many benefits to green living and design, the trend is evolving and becoming more popular. Green walls in the bathroom are low maintenance – they eliminate unwanted pollutants and toxic fumes from the bathroom and only need to be maintained a few times a year.

30 years ago I built what is believed to be the very first greenwalls in Australia – now today with green design being an influential part of the public domain, design interest has progressed and I have seen a significant increase in demand over the past 12 months. Adding a greenwall to your bathroom will give amenity and help regulate the temperature, and increase relative humidity and air oxygenation in your home,” says Paul.

Mark’s top 5 plants for bathroom green walls

  1. Boston Fern [Nephrolepsis] – A popular variety of fern with cascading fronds, the Boston fern has pantropical to subtropical distribution.
  2. Bromeliads – Incredible plants that release oxygen and removes air pollutants during the night.
  3. Aroids – With beautiful foliage, amazing flowers and berries, they perform well indoors and in lower-light conditions.
  4. Gesneriads – African violet family, repeat flowering tremendously beautiful and eye-catching. It’s a perfect design feature for the bathroom.
  5. Peperomias – Peperomias clean the air with sympatric soil flora associations that bind and breakdown chemicals, such as formaldehyde or other indoor toxins associated with building construction and fitout.

Create an outdoor relaxation haven this summer – here’s how

7 ways to make your outdoor space more relaxing.

The only thing better than relaxing indoors on a beautiful sunny day is to do all that outside, surrounded by nature. But first, you must make your outdoor look and feel inviting, relaxing and pleasant not just for you but also for your guests and anyone who might want to join you.

With the help of John Strahan, owner of Outdoor Living Direct, who knows that few things are as enjoyable as spending time outdoors with family and friends, we discover a few ways to create an outdoor space that is both inviting for the whole family, and relaxing.

Create a cozy dining spot

Breaking bread with loved ones is an important function of outdoor entertaining so choosing your dining space and furniture wisely.

Make it comfortable

“For simply lounging, beanbag and pod chairs are great fun for children. Adults can spend leisure time ensconced in one of the company’s hammocks, sunloungers, day beds, modern hanging chairs or swing chairs,” says Strahan.

Keep it warm

A fire pit, chiminea, or fireplace instantly adds warmth to your yard, especially during the cooler months or in the evening. What can be more relaxing than talking with friends or family next to a fire, or cuddling with a partner as you stare at the flames? “Freestanding and hanging heaters enable individuals to extend their enjoyment of outdoor living spaces, even when temperatures get chilly,” adds Strahan.

Add an element of water

Water features are easy to make and look really beautiful. Even the sight and sound of water has a calming, restorative effect. Consider these water features depending on your space and budget: Garden pond, Koi pond, Wading pool, Fountain or Birdbath.

Create a quiet corner

One of the most relaxing activities I can think of is sitting in a quiet and cozy corner with a good book. You might want to have such a nice spot in your backyard or garden. It should be private but not completely secluded.


To create a relaxing outdoor space, it is necessary to keep a minimalist approach. Don’t clutter the area with furniture that is not often used. Consider a few built-in benches around a fire pit or some hanging chairs that give the feel of extra space.

Get a pergola

Pergolas are perfect for entertaining guests but also for spending relaxing moments alone or with your family. Organise a relaxing sitting area with sectionals, benches or even sofas. You can train climbing plants to stick to the columns and eventually form a green canopy.