The decoration of interior spaces with lichens and mosses stabilized is increasingly common in Romania today in a greater proportion at the level of companies, but also in personal homes for decorating living rooms, bedrooms or bathrooms with paintings of lichens made by floral artists.
In addition to the role of a green, natural design, the use of decorative lichens also has many advantages which we will discuss in detail in this article, but first we will explain the process of moss and lichen stabilisation.
WHAT ARE STABILIZED MOSSES AND LICHENS?
After being harvested by hand under optimal conditions, while respecting nature, lichens and mosses are preserved using glycerine or paraffin.
Thus stabilised mosses and lichens are in fact kept in a dormant state of rest, being easy to maintain, they do not need water or light, they use the moisture in the air to their advantage to maintain their appearance.
11 BENEFITS OF STABILIZED MUSCLES AND LICHENS
1. DECORATIVE MUSCLES PURIFY THE AIR
The moss purifies the air by removing allergens such as dust, mould spores and pollen particles, keeping it fresh, while having a specific forest smell, it also has an odorising effect on the room. As many people develop varying levels of sensitivity to these allergens, decorating the interior with a moss and lichen panel is an ideal choice.
2. DECORATIVE LICHENS INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY
A study conducted by the Society of American Florists with researchers at Texas A&M University found that plants increase creativity in the workplace by up to 15% when placed inside workspaces compared to spaces without plants. So the idea of decorative moss and lichen panels or lichen arrangements is welcome in the workplace.
3. PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT ON CLIENTS
Companies that decorate their walls with stabilized lichen and moss or choose to style their logo with lichen are seen as “green” companies that are against pollution. Also the use of lichen panels and decorative mosses or the decoration of walls with lichen paintings in chain restaurants leads one to think of healthy food and therefore a healthy lifestyle.
4. STABILISED MUSCLES AND LICHENS REDUCE NOISE
Stabilised lichens and mosses are a strong sound-absorbing natural material and are recommended in wall cladding to reduce noise from outside traffic or echoes between walls. It is also recommended for environments with many offices and large staff, where sound levels are high.
5. DECORATIVE MUSCLES ABSORB DUST FROM THE AIR
When we breathe, we also unintentionally inhale dust particles from the air, and this can lead to diseases or dysfunctions such as allergies, asthma, respiratory problems or even lung cancer or cardiovascular problems.
Fortunately, at the base of these decorative mosses is a bacterium that feeds by breaking down organic substances in the air, which are absorbed by the moss and removed from the air.
6. REDUCING STRESS LEVELS
A study by the Horticultural Research Institute of America has shown that the presence of plants in the workplace reduces people’s stress levels. This showed a 12% increase in reaction speed when working at the computer, and a decrease of up to 4 units in blood pressure when analysing arterial pressure, indicating that stress levels are lower when there are plants around the desk.
7. STABILIZED MUSCLES AND LICHENS KEEP THE SKIN HYDRATED
In general, plants and stabilised mosses and lichens maintain the moisture level of the incubation, so that the skin does not become dry, which would also lead to a decrease in its elasticity and therefore an increase in sensitivity. It also speeds up the healing process in case of skin wounds.
8. DECORATIVE MOSS AND LICHEN PANELS REDUCE EXPENSES
Acting also as a thermal insulator, decorative moss and lichen panels keep the heat inside the rooms during the cold seasons, and through the action of perspiration and evaporation in summer maintain the right temperature level, always near a stabilized moss and lichen panel the air is a little cooler. The green panels can be made from loose lichens of different colours, in our case imported from Norway.
9. STABILIZED MUSCLES MAINTAIN CONSTANT MOISTURE LEVELS
Humidity in rooms can be controlled by means of decorative mosses that absorb moisture from the air when it is too high and remove it when the air is too dry, thus maintaining a level between 40% and 60% humidity.
10. DECORATIVE MOSSES ARE FLAME RETARDANT
By being treated with special fire-resistant substances, the decorative mosses acquire fire-retardant properties, thus reducing the speed and proportions of a fire.
11. LICHENS AND DECORATIVE MOSSES HELP REMOVE CARBON DIOXIDE
Like all plants, mosses and stabilised lichens absorb carbon dioxide and remove oxygen from the air, making them perfect for buildings in cities with high car traffic or in companies with large staffs. For large spaces, stabilised loose lichen panels can be made in a diverse palette of colours so that they fit in perfectly with the rest of the interior decor.
In conclusion, the choice of using moss and lichen stabilised panels in interior design is a suitable alternative both in terms of the visual image of interior spaces and the beneficial roles that lichens and decorative mosses have.