It’s unusual when a style of interior landscaping catches on and sweeps out around the world so rapidly, but this certainly has. Orchids were the last one, a good fifteen years ago, maybe palms fifteen years before that - but this one’s all the more interesting as it’s not actually a style.
Whether it started in San Francisco or Shoreditch is a moot point, but it’s a really neat way of softening an industrial / post-modern / steampunk / hipster (delete when word no longer in fashion..) interior without it looking saccharine. The basic principle is that it has to look organic and random, as if you just left things to grow. And, of course, that they did!
It also really lends itself to fake plants – unless you’re blessed to live in sub-tropical climate, none of the real stuff is going to last very long. Ferns in particular tend to peg out in no time. OK, it still looks funky when it’s dead, but only if you’re going for a Tim Burton vibe.
There aren’t really any rules, you can hang it, put it in troughs, lace it across a ceiling, weave it into mesh - and we have a tremendous range of things that will work. Lighting also plays an important part, either narrow beam spots from way up high, or warm white LED nets just above the greenery. Have a scan through the pictures to pick up ideas, but in reality every project is individual.
As with all projects, accurate plans and elevations are a must, as it’s a question of working out which areas need full planting, which ones need 20/40/60%, and which just need a little straggle. Also important is fine-tuning the planting so that the sight lines towards it are good from further away. Apart from that it’s fairly simple – the major hazard is our elves’ arms getting tired fixing it all in place!